PHRC Webinars

High Performance Walls in Pennsylvania

12/17/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Klinetob Lowe (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


A primary area where builders can influence the energy performance of a home is through a climate zone-appropriate wall system. This webinar will provide an overview of common high-performance opaque wall systems that can work in Pennsylvania, including walls with continuous exterior insulation and extended plate and beam (EP&B) walls. Following this webinar, builders will have a better understanding of how to scale up current code-level wall systems to be prepared for future code changes or explore above-code performance standards, such as ENERGY STAR, Zero Energy Ready Home, and/or Passive House standards.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the building science principles behind the ‘perfect wall’ system to avoid moisture risks in wall system choices.
  2. Explore benefits and drawbacks of several common climate-zone appropriate wall systems per building science and constructability criteria.
  3. Understand applicability of various wall systems for above-code performance standards for enhanced building energy performance.
  4. Gain greater insight into environmental impacts of common wall materials to aid in wall system choices.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

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