High Performance Building Envelope

Air Sealing - The Foundation of High Performance Homes

Consumers are more aware of their options and they demand better homes. Air sealing lies at the heart of any successful building, addressing 3 of the 4 major risk controls (vapor, air flow, and thermal controls).

Instructor: Paul Springer

Airtight, Done Right: Simple and Efficient Strategies

Since the 1990s residential buildings have shown dramatic and consistent improvement in their energy efficiency: Average energy use per square foot is down substantially, and so are average energy use per household and average energy use per household member. How do we account for this extraordinary progress, and what can architects do to continue to improve energy efficiency in residential architecture?

Instructor: Christine Williamson
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

Architectural Details of the Control Layers

This is where the building science rubber meets the architect’s road. Steve uses his many high-performance projects to show how high performance is translated into actual assemblies, with real materials, and with tried-and-true project management done cooperatively with the architect and builder. 

Instructor: Steve Baczek
CEUs: 1 AIA LU, and 1 GENERAL

Better Energy Efficiency from the Ground Up

Although below-grade waterproofing and insulation are out of sight, they are integral to a building’s thermal performance. While there are countless steps you can take to make homes more energy efficient, starting from the ground up is the best approach.

Instructor: Mark LaLiberte

Building Science Foundation: Keeping Our Homes Safe and Sound

The building science principles forming the foundation for high performance are how heat moves, how moisture moves, and how the two always work together. 

Instructor: Peter Yost
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

Certified SIP Master Builder Course

This 10-part course is provided in partnership with the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), and is the first step in joining a prestigious group of builders who are changing the landscape for high performance, advanced building envelope construction.

Instructor: Al Cobb
CEUs: 8 AIA LU/HSW

Electrification & Decarbonization

"Walk the Wok" in the Year of the Ox: An "Electric" Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebra

Chef Rachelle Boucher of Kitchens to Life cooks her favorite Chinese New Year dishes as two of the top experts in Indoor Air Quality bring a fresh perspective to traditional cooking and the vital role of ventilation in today's homes.

Instructor: Rachelle Boucher, Brady Seals, Alex Siow

140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers.

Instructor: Jason LaFleur
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. 

Instructor: Rich Binsacca, Jack Armstrong, Sam Rashkin, Karla Butterfield, & Bill Rectanus

Building Smart & Sustainable Homes in the New Energy Landscape

Residential energy is changing quickly with new mandates, greater demand for electricity and an aging infrastructure. Home builders today are meeting these challenges in new ways to build homes of the future today. With new strategies and solutions, home builders are building not just smart homes, but homes with smart, sustainable, resilient energy.

Instructor: Brad Wills

Building Science

Air Sealing - The Foundation of High Performance Homes

Consumers are more aware of their options and they demand better homes. Air sealing lies at the heart of any successful building, addressing 3 of the 4 major risk controls (vapor, air flow, and thermal controls).

Instructor: Paul Springer

Airtight, Done Right: Simple and Efficient Strategies

Since the 1990s residential buildings have shown dramatic and consistent improvement in their energy efficiency: Average energy use per square foot is down substantially, and so are average energy use per household and average energy use per household member. How do we account for this extraordinary progress, and what can architects do to continue to improve energy efficiency in residential architecture?

Instructor: Christine Williamson
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

Architectural Details of the Control Layers

This is where the building science rubber meets the architect’s road. Steve uses his many high-performance projects to show how high performance is translated into actual assemblies, with real materials, and with tried-and-true project management done cooperatively with the architect and builder. 

Instructor: Steve Baczek
CEUs: 1 AIA LU, and 1 GENERAL

Better Energy Efficiency from the Ground Up

Although below-grade waterproofing and insulation are out of sight, they are integral to a building’s thermal performance. While there are countless steps you can take to make homes more energy efficient, starting from the ground up is the best approach.

Instructor: Mark LaLiberte

Building Science Foundation: Keeping Our Homes Safe and Sound

The building science principles forming the foundation for high performance are how heat moves, how moisture moves, and how the two always work together. 

Instructor: Peter Yost
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

High Performance HVAC

140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers.

Instructor: Jason LaFleur
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

A Whole New World – ENERGY STAR + HVAC Grading

Ever since the launch of Version 3 in 2010, the HVAC design and commissioning requirements have been the biggest hurdle between a standard HERS rating and an ENERGY STAR certified home. Taking all the lessons learned, EPA, RESNET, and ACCA have recently completed a new HVAC grading standard that will integrate many of these requirements into the HERS rating process. 

Instructor: Dean Gamble
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

Adding Automated Shading to the High Performance Toolkit: HVAC, Health & Wellness, and High Tech

Most builders think of window attachments like shades and blinds as nothing more than decorative features that the homeowner will add when they move in. Think again. New research from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that insulated shades can cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 10% to 25%, respectively, especially if they are raised and lowered at the right times of the day and season. In addition to lowering utility bills, window attachments can also cut glare, improve indoor comfort, and occupant well-being.

Instructor: Katie Cort and Shannon Christie
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

Building Healthier Homes

A Cost-Effective Path to Healthy, Affordable, Net Zero Housing with DOE’s ZER Program

In this presentation, we’ll show how affordable home builders like United Way of Long Island, along with production, custom, and multifamily builders across the country, are building healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes that are achieving remarkably high performance and low Home Energy Rating System scores – with a program average of HERS 43 without PV and HERS 6 with PV.

Instructor: Terrence Mosley, Rick Wertheim, & Theresa Gilbride

All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. 

Instructor: Rich Binsacca, Jack Armstrong, Sam Rashkin, Karla Butterfield, & Bill Rectanus

Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

This webinar will review the key concerns and options for building new homes to achieve the lowest possible radon concentrations, including current codes and standards.

Instructor: Brian Hanson & Bruce Snead

Building Smart & Sustainable Homes in the New Energy Landscape

Residential energy is changing quickly with new mandates, greater demand for electricity and an aging infrastructure. Home builders today are meeting these challenges in new ways to build homes of the future today. With new strategies and solutions, home builders are building not just smart homes, but homes with smart, sustainable, resilient energy.

Instructor: Brad Wills

Casas que Funcionan: Examen (SPANISH)

Este es el componente de examen del "Casas Que Funcionan: Módulos".

Este curso describe la física de la ciencia de la construcción del flujo de aire, calor y humedad que todo constructor debe conocer para comprender por qué algunos edificios funcionan y otros no. El curso abordará los elementos críticos del rendimiento del hogar que existen como un sistema y son parte de los hogares energéticamente eficientes. Se describirán y aplicarán los fundamentos de la ciencia de la construcción para ayudar a los participantes a tomar mejores decisiones con respecto a los materiales y métodos de construcción. Los participantes también aprenderán información importante sobre la calidad del aire interior, incluidos los conceptos básicos del moho y otras fuentes contaminantes, y estrategias rentables para poder ofrecer entornos interiores más saludables.

Objetivos de aprendizaje:

  • Conozca los elementos de las casas de alto rendimiento y cómo ayudan a responder al cumplimiento del código y los muchos cambios en la industria de la construcción residencial, así como las expectativas de los consumidores.
  • Comprenda los fundamentos del flujo de aire, calor y humedad y vea cómo se pueden aplicar para tomar mejores decisiones sobre materiales y métodos.
  • Identificar los cambios en el proceso de construcción necesarios para implementar viviendas de alto rendimiento de manera rentable.
  • Identificar los fundamentos de la ciencia de la construcción y cómo los constructores pueden utilizar la ciencia para resolver una amplia gama de problemas de construcción, mejorar el rendimiento de la casa y reducir los riesgos.
  • Comprenda los conceptos básicos del diseño de HVAC para reducir las facturas de servicios públicos y crear hogares más silenciosos, saludables y cómodos.

Casas que Funcionan: Módulos (SPANISH)

This course is currently under development

Heat Pump Technology

140% AFUE is Coming – Introducing Thermal Heat Pumps

New Thermally-driven Heat Pumps (THPs) have been developed as a packaged solution to provide both space heating and domestic hot water, achieving an equivalent of 140% AFUE in both lab and field environments and represent a new product category for residential space heat, being built by multiple manufacturers.

Instructor: Jason LaFleur
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

Indoor Air Quality

"Walk the Wok" in the Year of the Ox: An "Electric" Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebra

Chef Rachelle Boucher of Kitchens to Life cooks her favorite Chinese New Year dishes as two of the top experts in Indoor Air Quality bring a fresh perspective to traditional cooking and the vital role of ventilation in today's homes.

Instructor: Rachelle Boucher, Brady Seals, Alex Siow

Approaches for Effective Isolation Space Control to Minimize Airborne Transmission of Contaminants i

If a person sharing a home with others is infected with a virus, how can I prevent it from spreading to other members of the household? Existing evidence strongly suggests that viral infectious diseases can be transmitted via an airborne route across distances in indoor environments. Accordingly, sharing indoor space in the presence of infected individuals poses a major risk in the transmission of the disease. This webinar will present several low-cost, easy-to-implement control strategies to potentially mitigate the airborne transmission of infectious aerosols in a single-family house.

Instructor: Dr. Tanvir Khan

Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

This webinar will review the key concerns and options for building new homes to achieve the lowest possible radon concentrations, including current codes and standards.

Instructor: Brian Hanson & Bruce Snead

Marketing and Real Estate

Builder-Provided Extended Warranties and Service Plans: Business Opportunity or Bad Idea?

Join Todd Usher from Addison Homes in an interactive discussion on the pros and cons of builder-backed extended warranties along with some preliminary Clemson University consumer research focused on the subject.

Instructor: Todd Usher

Building Better Promotions with the Right Tools and Elevating Your Facebook Strategy

Tired of investing money in promotions that just don’t seem to do the trick? Have you dabbled with Facebook, but just can’t quite elevate your page to match your goals? Invest an hour in this session to hear how to select the best promotional tools for your company. 

Instructor: Connie Reinert
CEUs: 1 AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, 1 RESNET, and 1 GENERAL

SIPs

Certified SIP Master Builder Course

This 10-part course is provided in partnership with the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), and is the first step in joining a prestigious group of builders who are changing the landscape for high performance, advanced building envelope construction.

Instructor: Al Cobb
CEUs: 8 AIA LU/HSW

Workforce Development

Benefits and Strategies to Hire and Retain Veterans

The National Veterans Chamber serves both the individual Veteran and the organizations that support our Veterans and military families. Veterans and military families are able to access resources to find jobs, start a business, and obtain advice in current employment. Employers benefit by accessing resources to help them create a welcoming military-friendly workplace, free training programs and access tax benefits when hiring military Veterans.

Instructor: Joseph Molina and Rene Carter

Building the Future of Energy Efficient Buildings Through Workforce Development

How do we ensure healthy, energy efficient buildings are part of the future built environment? How can we ensure we have enough qualified workers to make efficiency upgrades possible at scale in our current buildings? By training a workforce that is empowered and passionate about designing, constructing, and operating high-performance buildings and installing energy efficient building technologies. 

Instructor: Sarah Truitt, Madeline Salzman, Zachary Peterson, & Clint Shireman

Zero Energy

A Conversation About Building Zero Energy Homes

In this podcast style live conversation, Join Justin Wilson and Gord Cooke (Construction Instruction), Robby Schwarz (BUILDTank), Bill Rectanus (Thrive Home Builders), and Seth Hart as we discuss the current state of Zero Energy Homes. Skip the PowerPoint and enjoy this conversation where we wrestle with how to make zero energy homes mainstream homes.

Instructor: Gord Cooke, Justin Wilson, Bill Rectanus, Robby Schwarz, Seth Hart
CEUs: 1 LU|HSW AIA, 1 BPI, 1 NAHB, 1 NARI, and 1 RESNET credits

A Cost-Effective Path to Healthy, Affordable, Net Zero Housing with DOE’s ZER Program

In this presentation, we’ll show how affordable home builders like United Way of Long Island, along with production, custom, and multifamily builders across the country, are building healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes that are achieving remarkably high performance and low Home Energy Rating System scores – with a program average of HERS 43 without PV and HERS 6 with PV.

Instructor: Terrence Mosley, Rick Wertheim, & Theresa Gilbride

All Electric & Fossil Fuel Free: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home

As climate change drives code advancement, learn how the Ultimate Z.E.N. Home eliminates the use of fossil fuels in a production-built home. 

Instructor: Rich Binsacca, Jack Armstrong, Sam Rashkin, Karla Butterfield, & Bill Rectanus

Beyond Net Zero – What’s Next?

This final webinar in the series pulls it all together, discussing where do we need to go from here? It introduces some new concepts, looks at disruptive technology challenges, as well as the broader view beyond NZ. We conclude with the question "Why build the 100-year home?"

Instructor: Doug Tarry

Carbon Neutral Operations and Maintenance, the Changing Federal Reporting Requirements

Join us for a Case Study of a Multifamily Energy Star Building and learn about the Carbon Neutral Operations and Maintenance Certification Process before the New Federal Requirements were enacted.
 

Instructor: Peter Skornia and George Sullivan