Weatherization | Michigan

3 Hour Video & Text Course
Build homes that are protected from the weather and be able to recognize mistakes that cause envelope failure while learning practical techniques that add to building efficiency. 



Instructor:  Rodger Peck

Students successfully completing this three hour 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.

This course covers:

Building Exterior Shell Training

  • Recognize the mistakes that frequently occur, causing building envelope failure
  • Understand the ramifications of claims made against contractors
  • Be able to determine what the contractor’s responsibilities are
  • Primary Warranty, Insurance Claims and solutions
  • Insurance Availability and Affordability

Building Envelope System

  • Define what components make up the building envelope
  • Understand the objectives or purpose of the building envelope
  • Recognize and then prevent the the sources of moisture intrusion and the causes behind “Building Envelope Failure”
  • Results of Failure

Foundation Construction

  • Recognize what causes most moisture/wet basement issues, Damp proofing and Waterproofing
  • Know the minimum slope of grade around the building foundation
  • Understand the purpose of vapor barriers under a floor slab

Wall Construction 

  • Be able to identify the major causes of high humidity in homes
  • Understand the purpose of house wrap and how it is installed
  • Know how to install flashings and where to caulk
  • Know the minimum lap for fiber cement siding and how joints should be treated

Roof Construction

  • Be able to explain how moisture penetrates roofs and ceilings
  • When installing valley flashing, understand the minimum lap required
  • Know what a saddle is and when it is required
  • Understand the requirements surrounding ice barriers.

Window and Door Installation

  • Describe how to properly flash a window
  • Understand the steps taken during preparation of a window or door opening
  • Know why, when and where to caulk a head flashing

Ventilation System Installation and Requirements

  • Define the purpose of ventilation
  • Know the minimum amount of ventilation for crawl-spaces and attics
  • Describe “rafter-vents”, where they are located and their purpose

Building Envelope Best Practices

  • Describe a “capillary break”, and identify what type of material is used to create one
  • Understand the basic principles of above grade exterior shell construction:  flashings, windows, doors, siding, etc
  • Know what a flashing “kick-out” is and where you should install one

Consumer Remedies

  • Recognize many of the frequently made consumer mistakes
  • Be aware of preventative measures that should be taken by both the consumer and the contractor
  • Understand contractor responsibilities, and consumer remedies


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