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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am CST
11:45 am – 12:45 pm CST
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 4:30 pm CST

Presented by David Horton

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

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
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 ventilation
Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances
Summer shading and cooling strategies
Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
Integrating renewable energy technologies

Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses
Optimizing heat gains
Passive solar heat gains
Indoor environmental heat gains
Heat exchanger
Supplemental heating
Renewable energy system integration
Energy-efficient appliances

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies
Adapting Passive House for the local climates
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.

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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)

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 all prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).


David Horton

Director of Green Certifications, Sol Design + Consulting
Mr. Horton is a skilled tradesman turned energy geek. He began his journey retrofitting historic buildings. As Mr. Horton saw the care required to restore historic buildings, he hoped to be able to modernize their performance. Through training provided by PHIUS, GBCI, RESNET and other building performance-oriented organizations, he acquired the necessary skills to guide project teams to the highest performing building approach possible. Mr. Horton has done this by working on hundreds of Energy Star homes, more than 300 LEED projects, and Passive House projects spread out across six states. As one of the founding members of Passive House Alliance Kentucky, he aims to bring Passive House and other high-performance building approaches to the mainstream. Mr. Horton has been the CPHC or PHIUS+ Rater on projects in Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri. He provides consulting support on multifamily PHIUS+ projects in central and western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. He has been the green rater and HERS rater on 300+ LEED projects totaling thousands of units and has acted as field quality assurance for Raters under HERS Providers for multiple years. Mr. Horton has created solutions to a plethora of problems in old buildings, with respect to energy efficiency, and has been part of teams that constructed multiple different building types with multiple uses. Mr. Horton holds CPHC, PHIUS+ Rater, HERS Rater/QAD/Trainer, LEED AP Homes and LEED Green Rater/QAD certifications.

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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