Weatherization and Renewable Energy
Instructor: Rodger Peck
Building homes that are well protected from the weather should be a priority for any building professional. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship, but often the problem is found in the design of a home.
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.
This seven hour internet video course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope. Participants will gain an awareness of the benefits of solar and wind energy: for residential and commercial use.
This Course Covers:
- Why is There a Problem?
- The Building Envelope System
- Foundation Construction
- Wall Construction
- Roof Construction
- Window and Door Installation
- Ventilation System Installation and Requirements
- Building Envelope Best Practices
- Consumer Remedies
- Wind Power
- Solar Energy Use
Florida Required Competency
Instructor: J. MacDowell
This six-hour internet course fulfills the continuing education requirements outlined by 61G4-18.001 for Workplace Safety, Business Practices (Lien Law), Workers’ Compensation, Construction Laws and Rules, and Wind Mitigation methodologies. Individual chapter descriptions below outline subjects, topics and subtopics covered.
This Course Covers:
WORKPLACE SAFETY – This one hour chapter describes the most pertinent aspects of jobsite safety regulations. Beginning with OSHA regulations surrounding proper recordkeeping and general first aid and sanitary provisions, the course continues with the fundamental requirements of Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Tool Safety, Stairway and Ladder Safety, and Excavation requirements. Finally, a comprehensive module on asbestos and lead remediation covers the safe handling of asbestos and lead based materials.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION – Employers in Florida are required by law to pay for the medical treatment and lost wages of employees who are injured on the job or suffer a job-related illness. The underlying principle is that employers must assume the costs of injuries, illnesses and deaths that occur on the job. In Florida, workers’ compensation is regulated by the Department of Financial Services and the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims and enforced by the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. This one-hour chapter describes the rules and responsibilities of employers in complying with Florida Workers’ Compensation laws.
FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION STATUTES AND RULES -This two-hour chapter will provide builders with an understanding of the Florida construction statutes and rules as they pertain to the industry. Students will be able to define the powers and duties of the various departments, boards and agencies that make up the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The rules, penalties and fines surrounding the construction industry are outlined, as are the licensing procedures and requirements. Being familiar with these regulations allows contractors to better operate within the boundaries of the law, and to fulfill their responsibilities to employees, customers and the government.
FLORIDA LIEN LAW – A lien is a specific legal process that can be used by contractors and others as a lawful remedy for securing payment for labor or materials that have been used to improve another person’s property. Lien laws are also designed to give protection to laborers and material suppliers in the event of default by the contractor or property owner. Unfortunately, many contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers do not understand the importance of filing the proper documents at the correct time—therefore forfeiting their chances of recovery. This one-hour chapter outlines the documents required, and the order in which they must be submitted in order to protect the claimant’s rights.
WIND MITIGATION – This one-hour chapter describes wind mitigation methodology, comparing the C-brace system and the X retrofittings. The aftermath of past hurricanes in Florida has shown that one of major damaged structural components in residential homes is the gable-end wall or the gable-end truss for timber wall or masonry wall constructions, respectively. As a result, a revised building code, “Standard for Hurricane Resistant Residential Construction” (SBCCI, 1993, 1999) was developed to require all gable-ends to be designed to resist hurricane force wind. This research investigates two different retrofit systems: (1) X-bracing and (2) C-bracing to determine their structural performance under hurricane wind.
2020 Thermal and Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out
Instructor: J. MacDowell
Protecting buildings from the weather and moisture related problems is important for all building professionals. In areas of high rainfall, and in northern climates, it is even more important that designers, builders, and their subcontractors use “Best Practice” procedures to carefully plan and install thermal and weather resistant components. This course, based on the 2020 Florida Building codes, pertains to moisture and weather related problems, and will identify practical solutions based on those requirements. This internet course is intended to provide a minimum of one hour of continuing education to professionals involved in planning, design and construction of structures susceptible to moisture related issues.
METHOD OF PRESENTATION: This distance learning course is formatted specifically for internet delivery. Course presentation will require student participation through an assessment. This method of course presentation assures that student will have direct control of course delivery.
After completing this course participants will be able to:
- Summarize the key elements (either natural or mechanical) of a properly ventilated structure.
- List and describe at least three specific installation techniques and/or materials that contribute to a properly constructed roof system.
- Outline at least one design strategy based on “best practices” for the construction of buildings in areas with high humidity.
- Identify and implement proven methods that will effectively divert moisture from the foundation of a structure.
This Course Covers:
- Keeping the Weather Out
- House Wrap and Underlayment
- Corrosion and Decay Resistance
- The Building Frame
- Windows and Doors
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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