- Manage Your Way to Big Profits
- Energy Efficient Building
- Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades
Manage Your Way to Big Profits
This eight hour course is designed to be the next step in raising your construction management skills to the next level. The class will help prepare the learner for the scope of responsibilities that a professional construction project manager, whether for residential or commercial projects, must be prepared to perform. The course begins with preconstruction services and project start-up tasks. As the project continues, controlling the finances, overseeing the project progress, safety, environmental and energy concerns are just a few of the many tasks a project manager must supervise. Finally, a successful manager must properly close out the project, all while achieving a profit, and securing a satisfied customer.
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
- Be able to assemble a project team, ensuring they are qualified to perform the work in accordance with specifications and requirements.
- Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace, and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.
- Understand environmental regulations that govern construction activities for protecting water, air and land quality.
- Develop a close out procedure that will verify accuracy and completion of all building component systems, including warranties and certifications, prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
PLANNING AND STARTUP
*Learning Objectives: 1) Have a clear understanding of the preconstruction planning process. 2) Be able to assemble a project team, ensuring they are qualified to perform the work in accordance with specifications and expectations. 3) Have a clear understanding of the submittal process, making sure all materials meet the requirements set forth by the architects and engineers. 4) Develop a Schedule of Values, allocating specific values to specific portions of work, which are then submitted for payment.
1. The Project Manager
3. Selecting a Project Team
4. Job Number
5. Letters of Intent
1. Cost Codes
2. Schedule of Values
1. Meeeting with the Project Superintendent
2. Preconstruction Meetings
3. Final Project Schedule
5. Transmittal Letters
6. Job File
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the importance of the submittal process, in terms of quality of workmanship, and the timely completion of the project. 2) Understand the change order/proposal process; who is responsible, and what must be done to document the changes. 3) Be able to coordinate all the components of a construction project while the project is ongoing; from progress meetings, material ordering, pay applications to profit estimating.
1. Site Preparation
3. Progress Meetings
2. Designing Issues
4. Change Orders
1. Change Proposal Log
2. Tests and Inspections
3. Daily Reports
4. Profit Estimates
5. Payment Applications
6. Paying Subs and Suppliers
7. Approving Non-Contract Material Invoices
8. Lien Laws
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY CONCERNS
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand environmental regulations that govern construction activities for protecting water, air and land quality.2) Recognize the regulations that govern management and disposal of solid, hazardous, and special waste and describe some of the problems and solutions surrounding jobsite recycling. 3) Distinguish between conventional and green building practices and techniques.
1. Pollution Prevention
2. Water Quality
3. Air Quality
1. Land Quality
2. Managing Waste
3. Green Building
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace, and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.2) Define and execute required record keeping, posting and safety standards. 3) Learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices.
2. Employer/Employee Responsibilities
3. First Aid
5. Hazard Communication
2. Tool Safety
3. Fall Protection
5. Concrete and Masonry Construction
*Learning Objectives: 1) Have a solid understanding of the steps involved in closing out a project. 2) Be able to develop a checklist that will serve as a template to complete the close out binders, as well as to expedite your final payment. 3) Be sure that the set of procedures you follow are clearly understood by the owners, and are outlined during the agreement phase of the project.
1. Project Closeout
2. Specification Manual Close-out Instructions
Energy Efficient Building
This eight hour online video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This course will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.
This online course is presented in a video format. Students should review the videos, and then answer the chapter quizzes. Learning objectives directly relate to integrated quizzes. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to move from lesson to lesson, and to receive credit/certification for the course.
Chapter 1. Heat Transfer and Thermal Imaging (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the impact of energy consumption. 2) Understand energy conservation and generation concepts. 3) Identify types of heat transfer. 4) Describe the uses of thermal imaging cameras and blower door equipment.
I. Energy Consumption
C. Building Systems
II. Energy Conservation
A. Reduced consumption, emissions
B. Energy Efficiency Standards and Methods
III. Diagnostic Testing
A. Thermal Imaging
B. Blower Door Testing
Chapter 2. Advanced Framing Techniques (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) What is advanced framing, and what are some of the techniques used? 2) List the uses of insulated headers and energy heel trusses. 3) Understand the benefits of pre-fabricated walls.
I. Advanced Framing Techniques
A. 2 x 6 studs
C. Raised Heel Trusses
II. Raised Heel Trusses
A. Full height insulation
B. Cost efficient
III. Double 2 x 4 Walls
A. Thicker insulation
IV. Prefabricated Walls
A. Reduced waste
B. Higher quality
Chapter 3. Air Barriers (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Apply the benefits of energy efficient building. 2) Describe the purpose of air barriers and what materials are typically used. 3) List the uses of SIPs and ICFs.
I. Design and Implementation of Energy Efficient Design
A. Design phase
B. Subs and employees
II. Air Sealing
A. Finding leaks
III. Airtight Drywall
IV. Prefabricated Walls
A. Reduced waste
B. Higher quality
Chapter 4. Insulation (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the pros and cons of fiberglass and cellulose insulation material. 2) Describe the proper installation of fiberglass insulation. 3) Apply proper installation of cellulose insulation.
I. Fiberglass Batts
B. Various configurations: high density, standard density
II. Cellulose Insulation
B. Various configurations: dense packed, dry spray
III. Roof Installation
Chapter 5. Foam Insulation/Sheathing (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify different types of foam insulation available. 2) Understand the pros and cons of polyisocyanurate and polyurethane spray foam. 3) Demonstrate the many uses of both EPS and XPS insulating sheathing.
I. Spray Foam
A. Urea Formaldehyde
D. Polyisocyanurate or polyiso
II. Various configurations
A. Open cell, Closed cell
III. Insulating Sheathing
B. Examples: expanded, extruded
Chapter 6. U-Factor/R-Value (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the uses of and effectiveness of radiant barriers. 2) Identify and define what the National Fenestration Rating Council does. 3) Formulate U-Factor and R-Value conversions. 4) Explore different methods to increase U-Factor.
I. Radiant Barrier Sheathing
B. Heat Transfer
II. Window selection
C. Low E coatings
D. Inert gas
E. Visible Transmittance
F. Air Infiltration Rate
Chapter 7. Lighting/Duct Design (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) What are the positives and negatives of incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting? 2) Understand the amount of energy wasted by poor duct design 3) Determine proper duct design and installation.
I. Incandescent Lighting
II. Compact Fluorescent Lighting
III. Light Emitting Diodes
IV. Duct Design
A. Best Practices
B. Duct Sealing
D. Common Problems
Chapter 8. Green Appliances (35 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand how to read energy guide labels. 2) Define heat/energy recovery ventilation. 3) Identify sealed combustion appliances. 4) List different types of water heaters. 5) Define and be able to understand what a SEER rating is.
I. Energy Guide Labels
A. What does it all mean?
II. Energy Recovery Ventilation
III. Sealed Combustion Heating Appliances
IV. Water Heaters
A. Standard tank
D. Common Problems
V. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
Chapter 9. Geothermal/Solar (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the features and benefits of a geothermal system. 2) Identify different types of geothermal designs. 3) Examine what a solar thermal water heating system is and how it works.
I. Geothermal Heating and Cooling
A. How does it work?
B. Return on investment
II. System Types
A. Water loop
B. Direct exchange
C. Heat pumps
III. Solar Thermal Water Heating
Chapter 10. Wind Power (60 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. 4) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry. 5) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 6) Recognize the concerns of the home owner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.
I. Wind Power I
B. Products, components and solutions
D. Pros and Cons of On and Off Shore Power
II. Wind Power II
A. Wind Energy: Distributed vs wholesale wind power
B. Priorities: Safety for people. environment and equipment
C. Grants and Tax Incentives
D. Residential Wind Power
Chapter 11. Green Marketing (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Explore ways to reduce waste material from the jobsite. 2) Recognize the importance of a well trained Green Building sales and marketing team. 3) Identify the types of solar photovoltaic roofing products available. 4) Understand fuel cell basics.
I. Waste management
A. Reducing and recycling
D. Tools/Programs available
III. Solar Voltaic Roofing
A. Asphalt, metal, slate
B. Building integrated products
C. Return on investment
IV. Fuel Cells
A. How it works
Chapter 12. Energy Efficient Building (75 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Have an appreciation for energy consumption and the need for healthy, “green” energy. 2) Understand the importance of building placement on the lot, “Brownfield” site clean-up methods and the need for soil erosion control and basic methods. 3) Have an understanding of material properties, recycling and finally, the process for LEED certification.
1. Environmental Concerns and Implications
2. Evaluating the Site and Remediation Strategies: Building orientation, erosion, water
3. “Green” power generation: solar, performance, varying sources
4. Photovoltaic, geothermal, recycling, air quality, LEED Rating System
Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades
Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.
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