- 7 Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy
- 6 Hour Florida Required Competency
- 1 Hour 2017 Thermal and Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out
- Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades
Weatherization and Renewable Energy
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.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand cause and effect of weatherization problems within the construction industry. 2) Understand contractor responsibilities, what to avoid and what to embrace. 3) Recognize the cause of most below-grade moisture issues and the remedies that should be taken.
Why is There a Problem?
2. Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims
5. Contractor Responsibilities
6. Insurance Availability and Affordability
The Building Envelope System
1. Building Envelope System
2. Performance Objectives
3. Physical Components
4. Sources of Moisture Intrusion
5. Results of Failure
1. Thermal and Moisture Protection
4. Crawl spaces
5. Damp proofing and Waterproofing
6. Girders and Beams
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the causes of high humidity in homes and how housewraps and flashings work. 2) Describe some of the steps and terminology for installing flashings and code minimums. 3) Know how to prepare window and door openings for proper installation.
1. Wall Framing
2. Vapor Diffusion Problems
4. House Wrap and Underlayment
5. Window and Door Openings
6. Flashing and Caulking
2. Moisture Penetration
3. Roof Valleys
4. Shingles and Shakes
5. Roof Sheathing
Window and Door Installation
1. Windows, Doors and Skylights
2. Proper Flashing
3. Door and Window Installation
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the purpose of ventilation and ventilation requirements. 2) Understand how a capillary break works with other components to prevent moisture intrusion. 3) Be aware of consumer remedies and contractor responsibilities.
Ventilation System Installation and Requirements
2. Attic Ventilation
3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Building Envelope Best Practices
1. Moisture Retarding Construction
2. Capillary Breaks
3. House Wrap Installation
4. Window and Door Installation
5. Siding Installation
6. Roofing Best Practices
1. Common Mistakes
2. Preventative Measures
5. Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Wind Power I
*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
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the home owner 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
*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
*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
*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
Florida Required Competency
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.
Learning objectives are provided to facilitate student understanding and progress. Informal progress checks throughout the module help students review and measure their understanding of the material.
Chapter 1 – Workplace Safety (60 minutes). This 1 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.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries 2) Name the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) most often used to protect workers 3) Describe methods of fall protection available to workers 4) Gain a basic understanding of Lead Remediation. The topids covered are:
A. Health Regulations and Recordkeeping, Postings, Competent Person.
B. General Interpretations: Rules, First Aid, Material Safety Data Sheets, Sanitation, Illumination
C. Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Prevention, Signs, Signals, Barricades, Material Handling
D. Tools: Hand and Power
F. Fall Protection: Systems Criteria and Practices
G. Excavations, Concrete/Masonry, Steel Erection, Stairs/Ladders
H. Hazard Communication
I. Egress and Fire Protection
J. Asbestos and Lead Safe Handling Practices
Chapter 2 – Workers’ Compensation (60 minutes). 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 1 hour chapter describes the rules and responsibilities of employers in complying with Florida Workers’ Compensation laws.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify the laws and regulations of Florida Workers’ Compensation 2) Understand the process of claim reporting 3) Explain the best ways to manage workers’ compensation costs. The topics covered are:
A. Workers’ Compensation overview, responsible state entities, four components of WC: medical expenses, disability pay, vocational rehabilitation and benefits to dependents.
B. Florida Rules and Regulations, postings, key coverage requirements, exemptions, penalties.
C. Enforcement and Authority, failure to comply, Stop Work Orders.
D. Injury and Illness Reporting, the Benefit Delivery Process and mediation and hearing procedures.
E. Managing Claims and Costs of WC, workplace safety programs and incentives.
F. Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 3 – Florida Construction Statutes and Rules (120 minutes). This 2 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.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Define the powers and duties of the Construction Industry Licensing Board 2) Describe the rules, penalties and fines as they pertain to the regulations surrounding the building and construction industry 3) Understand the licensing procedures and requirements for contractors 4) Describe continuing education requirements 5) Explain how complaints/hearings are handled by the State. The topics covered are:
A. Purpose, Definitions and Exemptions
B. The Construction Industry Licensing Board: members, authority, fees and examination.
C. Qualifications for licensure: certification, registration, workers’ compensation.
D. Renewals and continuing education. Inactive and delinquent status.
E. Business entities and Qualifying agents.
F. Prohibitions and penalties. Disciplinary proceedings.
G. Homeowner’s Recovery Fund.
Chapter 4 – Florida Lien Law (60 minutes). 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 1 hour chapter outlines the documents required, and the order in which they must be submitted in order to protect the claimant’s rights.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain how lien laws protect the rights and interests of both the builder and the consumer 2) Define what a lien is, as well as how and when a lien should be filed 3) Understand both owner and contractor time limitations for filing and preserving lien supporting documents and lien rights. The topics covered are:
A. What is a lien and who is entitled to file?
B. Notice of Commencement: who files, when should the NOC be filed? What must be included in the NOC?
C. Contractor List: what is it? And when must it be furnished, to whom?
D. Notice to Owner: who sends the NTO, and what information does it provide?
E. Contractor Payment Affidavit: what does this document state? When must it be sent, by whom?
F. Claims of Lien: What is it? When must it be filed, and what must it include?
H. Statutes: 713 Part 1
Chapter 5 – Wind Mitigation (60 minutes). This 1 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.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the need for alternate, lower-cost means to the installation of gable-end bracing 2) Identify new Florida Code requirements that address specific, identified mitigation measures 3) Differentiate between the C-brace system and the X retrofittings. The topics covered are:
A. Florida Statutes 553.844. Windstorm loss mitigation; requirements for roofs and opening protection.
B. Investigation abstract, history and purpose.
C. Methodology, construction of gable end walls, trusses, design
D. Retrofits: X-brace and C-brace
E. Loading and data collection
F. Results and Conclusions
2017 Thermal and Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out
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 2017 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.
Course material will be presented using multimedia formats, including but not limited to: static text, photos and illustrations. There are no sound or video clips in this course. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to link to related resource websites and applicable articles. Participants will be able to access instructor support via email (24 hour) and telephone communication (during normal daytime office hours).
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.
Keeping the Weather Out (3 minutes)
2. Performance Objectives
Foundations (6 minutes)
1. Ensuring a Dry Foundation
c. Dampproofing and Waterproofing
d. Crawl Spaces
e. Gutters and Downspouts
f. Insect Infestation
House Wrap and Underlayment (2 minutes)
1. Definitions and Types
Corrosion and Decay Resistance (2 minutes)
1. Recommendations: Preservative-treated wood and fasteners
The Building Frame (4 minutes)
1. Lumber and Moisture: Negative Effects
2. Foundation to Wall Transition
Siding (18 minutes)
1. Structural Integrity: Code
2. Wood Siding
3. Vinyl Siding
4. Fiber Cement Siding
5. Lap Siding
6. Brick Veneer
7. Exterior Insulation Finishing System and Stucco
Windows and Doors (10 minutes)
3. Windows and Installation
4. Doors and Installation
Roofs (11 minutes)
1. Moisture Penetration
2. Weather Protection
3. Roof Valleys
5. Sheathing and Built up Roofs
Ventilation (7 minutes)
1. Code Requirements
2. Natural Attic Ventilation
3. Doing the Job
4. Installing Rafter Vents
Final Assessment 10 Questions
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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