Code: It’s important to recognize the fact that without a standard to meet, many buildings would simply be too dangerous and unsafe to occupy or, too costly to maintain. It’s not just safety and use that the code is concerned with. The current, enforceable code also addresses environmental and energy concerns. The building codes and the building officials that enforce them are there to safeguard the health, safety, property, and public welfare.
Energy Efficient Building: 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.
Weatherization: Students successfully completing this course 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.
Using the Code Book
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to confidently use and apply the information in the current code book. 2) Gain an understanding of the permitting process, what documents are required, and what approvals must be received before a permit will be issued.
1. Who Needs a Code Book?
2. Introduction to the Code Book
3. Using the Code Book
4. Permit Process
5. Applying the Logic
Code Tables, Illustrations and Footnotes
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to utilize the tools offered by the code to book in order to design and build structurally safe and efficient dwellings. 2) Recognize the wealth of information that can found in the footnotes.
1. Use of Tables, Illustrations and Footnotes
2. IRC examples
3. OSHA examples
4. IECC examples
2009 Residential Code
*Learning Objective: 1) Summarize the most important aspects of the first nine chapters of the 2009 IRC.
1. Chapters 1 – 5
2. Chapters 6 – 9
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the details regarding the building features and equipment systems as they pertain to energy codes. 2) Recognize how the changes can ultimately reduce and conserve energy consumption.
4. Resource and Energy Efficient Building Systems
Energy Efficient Building
*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
*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
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