Home Building Crossroads -- Energy Codes and High Performance (Online Course)

This course offers a discussion on the changes in the 2015 IECC as they relate to the Building Enclosure and on how performance components of insulation, water management, air leakage, and HVAC relate to a whole as the building enclosure. It will discuss how meeting the new code can be challenging, and help the learner come to understand the opportunities available in meeting these challenges.

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Detailing Continuity in Building Enclosure Systems

This course will identify the importance of detailing continuity in maintaining the integrity of the four control layers of the building enclosure. We will then explore some different methods for identifying the areas where continuity can be disrupted and the solutions for maintaining a control layer continuity in these areas.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements. Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.

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Design to Prevent Floor Squeaks

While wood-frame floor systems have maintained fairly consistent design standard for years, there remains a persistent issue with squeaks, pops and uneven flooring that may be the result of a combination of sub-par subflooring products or installation. This course discusses subfloor assembly components and the high-performance standards and product innovations from frame to finish that are helping change the quality feel and sound of flooring systems.

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Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-framed Building Envelopes

This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. We will explore some next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated in this course.

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Subfloor: The Hidden Asset, or Lurking Liability

In this presentation, we will evaluate structural wood subfloors, the single structural support layer between joists and the finished floor that receives the most wear and tear of all building elements. We will also take a closer look at the influence of subfloor performance on durability, liability and finished floor quality. Finally, we will discuss performance issues related to panel installation.

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The Makings of a Great Subfloor

This course will take a closer look at and compare the various types of subfloor for various type of construction. This course will also examine the characteristics that determine a quality subfloor, while also explaining the standards for each type of product. We will also cover the basic principles of a strong subfloor in multifamily and light commercial projects to help architects understand which type of subfloors to specify.

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