Minnesota 14 Hour Complete Renewal Package course syllabus
This course package includes two courses, you must take both courses to equal the 14 hours of combined credit to meet your state requirements. Minnesota requires that you do not take both courses within the same 24 hour time period. Each course must have a different date of completion.
Successful Site and Building Design Course Syllabus
This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying seven (7) hours of credit toward Residential Building Contractor continuing education requirements.
While land developers are seeking to maximize their land use and minimize their development costs, governmental regulations are applying pressures on budgets that can kill a project. Architects are being relied upon to steer site decisions and engineering professionals in order to produce cost-effective and functional designs that meet the myriad of growing municipal requirements. In this 3 hour, fully narrated course you will learn to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pitfalls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.
Developers of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings are driven by return on investment. Today’s building owners are savvy and they seek to balance the initial cost with the payback. Functionality, aesthetics, and methods of code compliance are each guided by financial investment and return. In this course, you will learn, from the foundation to the roof, from the appearance to the operation, from construction to maintenance, tried and proven methods for analyzing design decisions that will lead you to a greater reputation as a designer.
Most architects are familiar with the design process and are usually comfortable with at least one or more of the steps. However, what we learn in school needs to be coupled with the requirements of today’s many codes and regulations, the changes in material development, our client’s demand for a return on investment and the realities of construction budgets.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the process of securing the appropriate information that will help to develop a scope, schedule, and budget.
- Be able to develop a building program, including site selection, utilization, and wayfinding.
- Outline at least one design strategy based on site standards and utility coordination.
- Summarize the steps that must be taken to in order to move forward with approvals, bidding, and construction.
- Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
- Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost effective project.
- Utilize current materials and goods to ensure proper construction practices.
- Recognize the importance of meeting the client’s demand for return on investment.
Lesson One (20 minutes)
1. Pre-Design: Scope, Terms, Responsibilities, Permits
2. Securing Information: Services, Surveys, Contaminants, Authorities, Fees
Lesson Two (15 minutes)
1. Programming: Basics
2. Site Evaluation: Utilities, Site Constraints
Lesson Three (15 minutes)
1. Site Selection: Restrictions, Storm Water, Landscaping, Parking
Lesson Four (15 minutes)
1. Layout: Fire Lanes, Traffic, Space Considerations
Lesson Five (45 minutes)
2. Site Lighting
Lesson Six (15 minutes)
1. Water Service
3. Storm Water Management
4. Franchise Utilities
Lesson Seven (15 minutes)
Lesson Eight (20 minutes)
1. Documentation: Drawings, Lighting, Paving, Utilities, Landscaping, GPS
2. Construction Administration
Chapter 1 (30 minutes)
1. Defining the Building Type
2. Initial Building Program
3. Initial Construction Budget
4. Ideal Building Size
5. Establishing the Construction Classification
6. Code Analysis
Chapter 2 (30 minutes)
1. Site Evaluation
2. Reality Check
3. Building Concept
4. Selecting Consultants
5. Defining the Structural System
6. Selecting the Best Foundation System
Chapter 3 (25 minutes)
1. Creating an Envelope
2. Laying out the Floor Plate
Chapter 4 (25 minutes)
1. Dealership Videos
Chapter 5 (25 minutes)
1. Specialty Functions
2. HVAC Systems
3. Plumbing Systems
5. Selecting Your Materials
Chapter 6 (5 minutes)
1. Specialty Materials
2. Specialty Design Services
Weatherization and Renewable Energy Course Syllabus
Weatherization: Students successfully completing this three-hour portion will gain confidence in their ability to reduce building envelope failure using proven methods of construction. Building homes that are well protected from the weather is important for all building professionals. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship. Sometimes a problem is found in the design of a home, adding to disputes over poor workmanship. The very best defense against moisture issues in a home is in training the workforce in how moisture enters into the internal structural areas of a home and what procedures to use in the many tasks involved to head off these problems.
Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is contributing more and more to the world’s ever-rising energy demands. Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. Contractors should know what products are on the market, what rebates and incentives are available for their customers who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components.
Why is There a Problem? (26 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Explore how poor building practices are often contributing factors to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that contractors can apply to improve overall workmanship.
2. Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims
5. Contractor Responsibilities
6. Insurance Availability and Affordability
The Building Envelope System (20 minutes)
*Learning Objective: List the four major physical components of the building envelope system, the performance objectives of those components, and the specific mistakes that result in system failure.
1. Building Envelope System
2. Performance Objectives
3. Physical Components
4. Sources of Moisture Intrusion
5. Results of Failure
Foundation Construction (28 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Identify and implement proven methods that will effectively divert moisture from the foundation of a structure.
1. Thermal and Moisture Protection
4. Crawl spaces
5. Dampproofing and Waterproofing
6. Girders and Beams
Wall Construction (37 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Determine causes of high humidity in a structure and evaluate wall construction “best practices” to maximize performance.
1. Wall Framing
2. Vapor Diffusion Problems
4. House Wrap and Underlayment
5. Window and Door Openings
6. Flashing and Caulking
Roof Construction (24 minutes)
*Learning Objective: List and describe at least three specific installation techniques and/or materials that contribute to a properly constructed roof system.
2. Moisture Penetration
3. Roof Valleys
4. Shingles and Shakes
5. Roof Sheathing
Window and Door Installation(16 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Demonstrate proper window and door installation techniques that preserve the integrity of the building envelope.
1. Windows, Doors, and Skylights
2. Proper Flashing
3. Door and Window Installation
Ventilation System Installation and Requirements (15 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Summarize the key elements (either natural or mechanical) of a properly ventilated structure.
2. Attic Ventilation
3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Building Envelope Best Practices (12 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Cite at least four “best practices” and describe how these strategies support an effective envelope design.
1. Moisture Retarding Construction
2. Capillary Breaks
3. House Wrap Installation
4. Window and Door Installation
5. Siding Installation
6. Roofing Best Practices
Consumer Remedies (21 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Correctly identify preventative measures that should be taken by both the consumer and the contractor to reduce disputes surrounding envelope failure.
1. Common Mistakes
2. Preventative Measures
5. Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Wind Power I (27 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind’s energy. 2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production. 3) Appreciate some of the “Pro vs. Con” debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy.
2. Products and Components
3. Sources of Energy Production
4. Offshore Production: Pros and Cons
5. Onshore Production: Pros and Cons
Wind Power II (29 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to homeowners, communities, and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the homeowner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.
1. Distributed wind power
2. Automation and Safety Factors
3. Grants and Incentives
4. Residential and Small Business Wind Generation
Solar Energy Use I (35 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use. 2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection. 3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment.
1. Solar Energy: Passive/Active
2. Solar Photo Voltaic
3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
4. Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5. Rebates and Incentives
Solar Energy Use II (50 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand some small business or home owner advantages. 2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy. 3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar.
1. Small Business Systems
2. Residential Use
3. Solar Pros and Cons
4. Structural Considerations
5. Installation and Mounting Considerations
Solar Energy Use III (36 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy. 2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States. 3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means.
1. Solar Harvesting
2. Solar Power Plants
3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
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