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Online | Friday, December 3, 2021
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST


Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development                     K. Melaragno
History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS
Passive House Standard: voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard
Energy calculations: how and when to perform them
Energy calculation tools: an introduction to tools and their functionality
Assembling a team to ensure quality and performance
Examining common design features of Passive Houses in New York

Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Passive Houses                     M. Duclos
Optimizing heat gains
• Passive solar heat gains
• Indoor environmental heat gains
Heating and cooling loads
Space conditioning
Renewable energy system integration
Energy-efficient appliances

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses                     M. Meskens
Siting, sizing and orientation
Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
Heat recovery ventilation
Integrating renewable energy technologies
Carbon neutrality

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies                     S. Moreno-Vacca
Adapting Passive House for different climates compared to New York
Retrofitting to Passive House
Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects


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Professional Engineers:
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA:    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
7.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.7 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

New York Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction and 2020 Building Code of New York State
These webinars are open to the public and each offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in New York.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved each course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the

The International Code Council has approved each event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Michael B. Duclos

Principal and Founder of THE DEAP Energy Group, LLC
Mr. Duclos is a principal and founder of THE DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of deep energy retrofit, zero net energy and Passive House-related consulting services. He is a founder, on the board of directors, and director of education of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET-certified HERS Provider specifically catering to independent HERS Raters in New England. Mr. Duclos also founded Energy Efficiency Associates, LLC, to provide conventional home HERS, energy audit, Stretch Code, tax certification and associated verification and consulting services.

Mr. Duclos was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc., Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge entry, which was awarded the second prize of $15K. He has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects, including two National Grid DER projects which qualified for the ACI Thousand Homes Challenge, Option B, both of which have certified with a year of energy consumption data to use less energy than specified by THC Option B. Mr. Duclos conducted a feasibility study of a retrofit to the Passive House new home performance standard. He assisted with the design and preparation of the PHPP for the first EnerPHIT certified home in the US.

Mr. Duclos also worked on the design and certification of the first National Grid DER  project to successfully qualify for the Zero Net Energy incentive, which completed a year of use with a surplus of 500 KWHR. He served on the NESEA Zero Energy Task force which analyzed utility bill data from applicants for the annual $10K award for the best zero net energy home. Mr. Duclos is a founding member and was on the board of directors of Passive House New England, Inc., a non-profit promoting high performance building, including Passive House. He is a member of the Northeast HERS Alliance Technical Committee and was on the MassSave New Construction Program HERS Rater Panel.

Mr. Duclos monitors the delivered performance of his projects using a variety of real time electricity monitors, as well as temperature, RH and CO2 loggers and correlates this data to the expected performance predicted by his energy models. The actual data, and the stories behind the data are made available to the public in speaking engagements in a variety of public venues, and in publications like Home Energy Magazine.

Mr. Duclos is an ITC-certified building science infrared thermographer, and he is the certified Passive House consultant responsible for the design and certification of the second Passive House in Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UMass Lowell, and two patents.

Mr. Duclos consulted on the first multifamily Passive House certified in New Hampshire, a 24-unit affordable senior housing facility near Laconia, New Hampshire.

Kelly Melaragno

The Community Builders, Inc. 
Ms. Melaragno serves as the Design and Construction Manager for The Community Builders, Inc., a position she has held since 2019. In this role Ms. Melaragno functions as a valuable resource to the regional development staff, providing specialized technical support related to both design and construction implementation at all phases of the development process.

Prior to joining The Community Builders, her experience included over 10 years as an Architect with the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). The role required simultaneously managing multiple large- and small-scale government projects from design through construction. Ms. Melaragno managed multiple design consultants as well as various engineering consultants, creating collaborative teams for successful project delivery. There she received the Commissioner’s Performance Award, for her participation as a member of the design team on a large-scale renovation of an historic State office building.

Ms. Melaragno earned a Bachelor of Architecture (Professional) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy. She is a Registered Architect in New York State, nationally certified through NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards), a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Manon Meskens

Manager at A2M Architecture
Architect and development manager of A2M NYC (M2A), Manon Meskens has 7 years of experience in Passive House design. She studied architecture and sustainable design at ULB in Brussels. There, she worked on Passive House buildings from small, residential projects to large-scale, urban planning throughout Europe. In 2018, she moved to New York City, where she has spearheaded sustainable projects throughout the U.S. and Canada while giving lectures and training professional networks.

Sebastian Moreno-Vacca

A2M Architecture
As founding member of A2M, Sebastian Moreno-Vacca leads A2M’s vision, design aesthetic and drives to be the most sustainable and energy efficient architecture possible. Since starting the architecture firm A2M in 2000, Sebastian has led it to international recognition through his sustainable building knowledge and his numerous roles as president of the Board of the Belgian Passive House Association. Since 2006, he has also been teaching at ULB architecture university. In 2009, he co-founded and edited the magazine ‘be.passive’. He has been giving lectures regularly for several professional networks (architects, engineers and builders) for more than 20 years. He has also been giving an extensive set of presentations, conferences and trainings all over the world. A2M now has offices in Brussels and Lisbon, and a sister company, M2A, in the United States.

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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: New York Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course covers the purposes, principles and development of the Passive House standard in the US. Topics include design of mechanical and electrical systems, architectural elements, and case studies of retrofits and new passive house construction in New York.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the passive house building energy standard, identify energy calculation tools, and perform energy calculations to demonstrate that building systems meet the standard.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to design mechanical and energy systems to optimize heat gains and minimize heating and cooling loads.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the architectural elements of Passive Houses, including siting, sizing, orientation, super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging, airtightness, heat recovery ventilation, and renewable energy technologies.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss and reference case studies demonstrating how the passive house standard has been adapted for different regions and climates, including New York.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with residential home design and construction and energy-efficiency standards

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/12/2024

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Webinar Price: $289.00