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Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 8:30 – 11:45 am CDT
Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 8:30 – 11:45 am CDT

Presented by: Paul Westbrook & Roger Taylor


Day One
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 


Day 2 

 Mechanical/ Electrical Systems in Passive Houses 

  • Cooling/Heating Loads
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Heating/Cooling Systems
  • Water Heating
  • Renewable Energy Generation
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Monitoring 


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
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 can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Energy)


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 all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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 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. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:
6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Roger Taylor

Certified Passive House Consultant and Owner of DwellGreen of Dallas, TX

Roger 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

Mr. 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, Louisiana 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 6.0 hour live lecture presentation examines the energy efficiency of conventional construction and demonstrates the ways and means to achieve dramatically improved efficiency with applying Passive House standards.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss facts and figures on residential energy use, the history of energy-conserving residential construction, building code requirements, and the contrast with the passive house standard, which is a voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify Passive House certifying agencies in the US and be able to describe their standards for energy, indoor air quality (IAQ), indoor comfort, and durability.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify architectural elements of Passive Houses, including siting, sizing, shading and orientation, super-insulated envelopes, windows, ventilation, dehumidification, ultra-efficient lights, fixtures, winter solar gain, and renewable energy.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe and select mechanical systems that meet the Passive House standards and goals, including those for heating and cooling , ventilation, water heating, renewable energy generation, energy storage, and energy monitoring.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with HVAC systems and building frame design and construction.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/03/2024

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.