Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Day One: Monday, January 11, 2021
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CST (including a 15-min. break)
Day Two: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
11:00 am – 2:45 pm CST (including a 15-min. break)

(please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time)


Presented by Roger Taylor and Paul Westbrook

Passive House: Planning and Design Day One
Monday, January 11, 2021 | 11:00 am – 2:15 pm CST (including a 15-min. break)

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction
Facts and figures on residential energy use
History of energy-conserving residential construction
Building code requirements
Energy conservation incentives
Heat transfer basics
Common energy and moisture issues in buildings

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
Strategic design, planning process, and the team
Passive house certification criteria
Architecture/engineering the perfect wall
Architecture/ engineering: a sample project with pre-certification documentation
Examining common design features of passive houses

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses
Siting, sizing and orientation
Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
High performance windows and doors
Air tightness, controlled ventilation
Moisture and air barriers
Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances
Summer shading and cooling strategies
Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
Integrating renewable energy technologies

Passive House: Planning and Design Day Two
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 11:00 am – 2:45 pm CST (including a 15-min. break)

Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses
Cooling/heating loads
Ventilation systems
Heating/cooling systems
Water heating
Renewable energy generation
Energy storage
Energy monitoring
Energy-efficient appliances

Financial Analysis/Passive House Case Studies
Financial issues
Westbrook House case study
Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
 Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Sustainability)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing
education hours to architects licensed in all states.

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), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. 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 American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this
course for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area
of Sustainability (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).


Roger Taylor

Owner of DwellGreen of Dallas, TXMr. Taylor is a Certified Passive House Consultant and Passive House Rater. He is a HERS Rater, and is certified by Energy Star, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, IECC and BPI. Mr. Taylor has served on the ANSI/RESNET National Committee for water efficiency, on the Environmental Committee for the Town of Fairview, Texas, and as project manager for large commercial data centers. This is a second career after the US Navy, a computer science degree and 35 years in the computer services industry.

Paul Westbrook

President of RE:source Design in Fairview, TXMr. Westbrook designed his own solar home in north Texas in 1996, which won the Energy Value Housing Award for Innovative Design ( It still ranks as one of the most efficient homes in Texas. While serving as Sustainable Development Manager at Texas Instruments International Facilities, Mr. Westbrook was the LEED AP for the 1.1 million square foot Texas Instruments factory, which was the first LEED Gold semiconductor factory in the world. He led the effort to improve the energy and water efficiency of TI’s 20 million square feet of existing global facilities. They were able to double the company energy and water efficiency in less than 10 years. In 2012, Mr. Westbrook was named a Senior Fellow for the US State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas program. He visited Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru where he worked with governments, universities, and industry on efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Westbrook received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA in 1982.

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: Passive House: Planning and Design

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation covers energy efficiency of conventional construction, the purpose, principles and development of the passive house standard, architectural elements of passive houses, and mechanical systems in passive houses

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the design features and floor-planning, windows and ventilation of single and multifamily Passive Houses.

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, insolation, shading and orientation, super insulation, ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances, winter solar gain and heat retention, windows, ventilation, dehumidification, and integrating renewable energy.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/23/2021

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.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $299.00

Currently, our self-study products DO NOT qualify for AIA, ASLA, LACES or CLARB credit.

Streamable self-study formats are available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event.

The streamable self-study package includes an MP4 format video recording of a live webinar and a PDF of the manual that was distributed for the webinar. You will receive a PDF of the course manual. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

Completion of an online follow-up quiz is required for those seeking continuing education credit. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

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