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Thursday, January 11, 2024
8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST


Presented by Don Sivigny

General Administration of the Commercial Energy Code

  • Introduction and review today’s class
  • Development and adoption Commercial Energy Conservation Codes in Minnesota
  • Commercial Energy Code legislation: content and implementation
  • Reviewing the format and organization of the Commercial Energy Code
  • Process of examining required submittals/procedures using TAGs
  • Scoping provisions of the Commercial Energy Code – What building does it cover?
  • Discussion on Chapter 1, deletion and Minnesota Rules 1300 as the Administrative Chapter for all Minnesota Codes

Adoption of and Review of the 2019 ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Minnesota Amendments

  • Exploring energy modeling software
  • What about existing buildings?
  • What should we look to for guidance on existing buildings?
    • Building toward the next generation Commercial energy codes
    • Which one will we be using in the future?
    • What is the adoption cycle going to be? And why?

Development and Adoption of Residential Energy Conservation Codes in Minnesota

  • Minnesota Code process and where we are at now as well as where we are going
  • Residential Chapters 2-3
  • Climate zones
    • How many climate zones will Minnesota have in the next code cycle?
  • Code compliance alternatives

Materials, Systems and Equipment

  • Residential energy efficiency
  • Building thermal envelope
  • R-values and U-factor alternatives
  • Prescriptive insulation:
    • Prescriptive fenestration
    • Fireplaces and fuel-burning appliances
    • Energy modeling
  • Heating and cooling system and power systems
  • Existing buildings
  • Case studies/examples


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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in Minnesota.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Energy (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate.


Don Sivigny

Supervisor/Education, Rules, Codes, and Grants Programs Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Mr. Sivigny has over 32 years of work experience in the enforcement of the Minnesota Building Codes in both rural and metropolitan settings. He has spent many years in the industry as a code official and a construction manager. Mr. Sivigny is known nationally for his work in residential building codes, building durability issues, building science, air quality control, radon, energy and green building issues. He has traveled the country teaching these topics and has often been a featured speaker both locally and nationally on these topics as well.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Complying with the Minnesota Energy Code

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course discusses the development, adoption and administration of the 2020 Minnesota Energy Code, analyzes specific code provisions and explores strategies for code compliance and energy efficiency. The course will focus on both commercial and residential energy conservation and general efficiency.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explore the materials, systems and equipment used to increase residential energy efficiency and build an effective thermal envelope.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to examine the provisions and adoption of the 2019 ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Minnesota amendments and discuss existing building requirements.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to locate and comply with prescriptive insulation requirements and examine energy modeling software.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to analyze heating and cooling systems, as well as power systems, for use in residential structures and existing buildings.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with energy systems and design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/15/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.