Our workshops are customized to meet your specific goals and adapted to reflect the climate zone and building practices of the local area where it is being presented to ensure it is relevant to participants.Sessions can be anywhere from 1 hour to 2 days in length.
Our goal is always to be respectful of a systems approach to building science and demonstrating how specific products, strategies and ideas fit into the overall performance of the house as a system. This ensures a fair and balanced approach to new and existing technologies and helps builders and contractors make better decisions.
- Building Science For Existing Homes
This workshop will explore cost effective opportunities to implement energy efficient and green technologies and strategies into remodeling projects for existing homes. The fundamentals of building science – air, heat and moisture flow – will be applied to help participants understand how elements of a house all work together as a system. We will review the most common remodeling and rehab projects and the opportunities for energy savings (roofs, windows, kitchen & bath, basement finish, residing) and compare the cost effectiveness of enclosure (shell) improvements vs. mechanical improvements while providing hints for implementing both. Gain a full understanding of the importance of combustion safety, indoor air quality, how tight is too tight, and effective ventilation strategies.
- Remodeling for Energy Efficiency (Advanced)
Discuss matching new technology to old materials, methods and designs, and provide successful cold climate case studies. The participants will split into groups and work together on 2 separate case studies with a budget and opportunity to improve each project. Outcomes will be shared with the audience. By the end of the session participants will have a better understanding of how to implement energy efficiency improvements properly and cost effectively into every remodeling project they undertake.
- Changes, both past and future, that can affect the performance of buildings
- The fundamentals of building science
- Applying building science principles to the various components of homes
- The connections between basic building science, improved building performance and green building
- Houses That Work - A full day building science course for new construction
In this full day session, learn how complex changes in home design, building materials, mechanical systems, appliances, code compliance and consumer lifestyles and expectations make every builder, supplier, and trade contractor’s job more demanding. This design workshop will cover the fundamentals of building science and how it is applied to create many different types of high performance walls and assemblies. The session will address critical home performance elements that exist as a system and are part of energy efficient homes. The fundamentals of building science ‐ air, heat and moisture flow – will be outlined and applied to help participants make better choices with respect to construction materials and methods. Participants will also learn important information about indoor air quality and cost‐effective strategies to be able to offer healthier indoor environments.
At the end of the session, attendees will have a thorough understanding of how to build better attics, walls and foundations and how to choose HVAC systems that integrate properly into their homes. This session will also cover how building science principles improve the marketing position for building professionals, providing case studies of builders who have changed their building processes and gained return through communicating the value of high performance homes.
- Learn the elements of high performance homes and how they help respond to code compliance and the many changes in the residential construction industry, as well as consumer expectations
- Understand the fundamentals of air, heat and moisture flow and see how they can be applied to make better material and methods decisions
- Apply the building science to attics, walls, windows, foundations and HVAC decisions to create high performance homes
- Identify the building process changes needed to cost-effectively implement high performance home
- High Performance Walls and Exterior Insulation
This session will outline the ever increasing challenges presented to the industry from increase air tightness and R-values of wall assemblies, to making a connection to material and design choices to creating high performance walls that lead to improved water and airflow performance. We will examine key connection points – foundation to wall and wall to attic. We will also look at new and existing insulation techniques to safely increase the thermal effectiveness of wall assemblies and identify the increased importance of key air and weather barrier details to maintain long-term durability.
- Identify the increased importance of key air and weather barrier details to maintain long-term durability
- Understand the total thermal effectiveness of wall systems and how/where to safely increase it
- Review details for improving connections of the wall to foundation and wall to attic
- Identify construction detail options for the installation of different exterior insulation strategies in a traditional wood framed wall system
- Extracting the True Value out of High Performance Energy Efficiency Homes
Outline a sales process that works best specifically for the new home and residential remodel high performance building market. Understanding the recent and pending compelling changes to codes, green building programs and the economics and marketing complexity of the building industry over the last 3-4 years and how to talk to buyers about home performance. Strategies for integrating the building science messages into the sale process of your team and using terminology that appeals to homeowners to help them understand the comfort and value of an energy efficient high performance home.
- How Insulation Works
Learn about application techniques and the real science and parameters of insulation. From the chemistry behind spray foam to how fiberous insulation really works. Understand how heat and air and moisture flows impact the effectiveness of insulation materials, especially in attics.
This session will be of most interest to:
New home builders, remodelers, architects and designers, trades and building suppliers, real estate professionals, appraisers and energy raters
- Understanding the physics of how insulation works in buildings
- Learn tips on how to recognize high quality insulation project
- What are tips and tricks to increase R-value and airseal attics
- Gain an understanding of common ice damn causes
- High Performance Building Fundamentals
Overview of building science principles of heat, air and moisture flow and their impact on buildings. This session will help building professionals understand how to implement energy efficient and green construction measures in their everyday practices and will strive to help the industry along a path of continual improvement. The goal is to create or renovate buildings that are ever safer, healthier, more comfortable, durable and more energy efficient.
- Green building in not a niche – Share our experience on where the industry is going on the history of changes in both the construction industry and consumer expectations
- Energy – Understand the big picture overview of the movement of heat, air and moisture through the lens of physics: Heat moves from warm to cold, moisture moves from more to
Moisture Management – Examine water flow states and the relationship of the influences of climate, building design, and lifestyle
- Indoor Air Quality – Controlling the impacted by material choices, source control, behavior patterns and ventilation options
- Process Integration – Identify how the integration of building science is necessary in the process of planning, designing and constructing buildings.