Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                9:00 – 9:30 am CDT
Morning Session:                9:30 am – 12:45 pm CDT
Break:                                 12:45 – 1:15 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             1:15 – 5:00 pm CDT



Understanding the Energy Efficiency
          S.C. Thomas

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 
        L. White

 Development of PHIUS+ 2018 design standard
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



ural Elements of Passive Houses          G. Irwin

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 and Electrical Systems in Passive Houses
          G. Irwin

Optimizing heat gains
•Passive solar heat gains
•Indoor environmental heat gains
Heating and cooling loads
Space conditioning
Renewable energy system integration
Energy-efficient appliances



ing Passive House Case Studies          G. Irwin

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 (Sustainability)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects 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 AIA/CES.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 and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Graham Irwin

Principal at Essential Habitat Architecture, San Anselmo, CAMr. Irwin has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. He has a degree in physics and management from Claremont McKenna College with additional studies in engineering and architecture at Harvey Mudd College and UC Berkeley, and an extensive background in software development. Mr. Irwin recognized the potential of Passive House immediately and was one of the first Passive House consultants certified in the US, as well as a founding board member of Passive House California and the Passive House Alliance, US (PHAUS). He was subsequently trained by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany as a Passive House project certifier. Mr. Irwin is actively involved in Passive House advocacy, promotion and education. In addition to project-based work, he advises government agencies on energy policy and lectures regularly. He is a USGBC LEED AP, a Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, and a licensed architect and licensed general contractor in the state of California.

Smita Chandra Thomas

Smita Chandra Thomas is the founder and principal at Energy Shrink, a consulting practice focused on high-performance buildings. Dedicated to enabling energy efficiency in buildings through building science, Smita has more than two decades of experience performing and managing techno-economic for path breaking green buildings. Ms. Thomas is the instructor of the course Decarbonizing Buildings at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has served as a green building consultant to the World Bank Group for six years. Ms. Thomas is a published author, blogger, and speaker. Ms. Thomas has a master’s degree in building science and has been certified as LEED AP and CPHC.

Lisa White

Ms. White has been with Phius since 2012. Ms. White led the building certification review team for seven years and is an instructor for Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training and WUFI® Passive energy modeling software training. She 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. Ms. White has a strong understanding of high-performance building design and how this is integral to the transition to a renewable energy grid. Her Masters’ thesis posed the question “What do Net Zero Buildings Cost the Grid?”, combining the concepts behind how building loads are shaped, how design techniques can alter that shape, and how that ultimately impacts the electricity generation resources needed to meet the load – all while considering the shift to more intermittent, renewable energy resources. Ultimately, this research concludes that energy conservation and demand response in buildings is a critical up-front investment to facilitate this transition.


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, Design and Construction

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 passive houses, the architectural elements of passive houses, and mechanical and electrical systems in passive houses.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to express the purpose and principles of the Passive House standard and and explain common design features of Passive Houses.

Learning Objective 2:
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, efficient ventilation, , summer shading and cooling strategies, inter solar gain and heat retention strategies, and ultra-efficient lights, fixtures, and appliances.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe mechanical and electrical systems in Passive Houses that optimize heat gains and space conditioning and utilize energy-efficient appliances.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify strategies to integrate renewable energy technologies into a Passive House design.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with residential home design and construction standards

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/17/2023

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.