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8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:40 am EDT
11:40 am – 12:10 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
12:10 – 3:50 pm EDT


Presented by
Christina Snyder &
Lisa White

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction
Facts and figures on residential energy use
History of energy-conserving residential construction
Climate considerations
State and local building code requirements
Energy conservation incentives
Development of PHI’s Passive House Standard and Phius 2021 design standard

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development
History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and Phius
Passive House Standard: voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard
Passive House principles: insulation, airtight envelope, recovery ventilation
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

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses
Siting, sizing and orientation
Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
Efficient mechanical ventilation systems
Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances
Summer shading and cooling strategies
Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
Integrating renewable energy technologies

Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Passive Houses
Optimizing heat gains
Passive solar heat gains
Indoor environmental heat gains
Heating and cooling loads
Space conditioning
Renewable energy system integration
Energy-efficient appliances
Path to net-zero or net-positive performance

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies
Adapting Passive House for different climates
Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects


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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Energy)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in Michigan and other midwestern states.
Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in most states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 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).


Christina Snyder

Architect, Builder, CPHC, PHI-accredited Certifier; Owner, Equilibrium Energy Spaces, Michigan
Ms. Snyder attended Phius’ inaugural class in 2008 and became a CPHC in 2009, continuing a career focused on sustainable design, both in practice and education. A residential builder, an architect and sole proprietor since 2002, she also instructed architecture students as an adjunct professor, coaching them through winning the first & second Michigan Zero Energy Home competitions, as well as competing in the 2007 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC, and has also published a paper on zero energy homes utilizing seasonal heat storage systems.  Ms. Snyder has been a partner in a renewable energy system installation business, Sustainable Systems, before starting her own architectural practice. She has volunteered on natural building projects including strawbale, cob, cordwood, and thatched structures; and has lectured throughout the Midwest on energy efficiency, and zero energy homes. Most recently Ms. Snyder has taught continuing education classes for professionals on passive houses.  She is also walking her talk; she’s almost completed a new passive house on her rural southern Michigan homestead using an innovative foundation system of glass-fiber reinforced concrete structural insulated panels.  Ms. Snyder has certified passive houses and provided PHPP assistance since 2015 as a founding member of CertiPHIers Cooperative.

Lisa White

Associate Director and a technical lead for Phius (Passive House Institute US) Ms. White has been with Phius for 10 years. She led the building certification review team for 7 years and is an instructor for Phius Certified Consultant (CPHC) training and WUFI® Passive energy modeling software training. Ms. White holds a degree in Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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: Passive House for the Great Lakes Region

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines energy efficiency of conventional construction, the purpose, principles and development of the passive house standard, architectural elements of passive houses, mechanical systems in passive houses, and a case study of a passive house in the Great Lakes region.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to determine the standards and requirements of passive houses, as prescribed by PHI and Phius, and if their passive house qualifies by using a range of energy calculations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the elements of mechanical systems in passive houses, including optimizing heat gains, heat and energy recovery, supplemental heating systems, energy-efficient appliances.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss energy efficiency of conventional construction, building code requirements, thermal bridging, and efficiency incentives.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and explain architectural elements of passive houses, including siting, sizing, insulation, shading and orientation, super insulation, ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances, winter solar gain and heat retention, windows, ventilation, de-humidification, and integrating renewable energy.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of residential building codes, materials and concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/05/2025

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.