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High Performance Building Envelopes

Explore various strategies to design and build energy-efficient wall and roof assemblies

High Performance Building Envelopes

Course Availability

April 29, 2014 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eugene, OR Map »Sign up now »
Course Fee

The concepts behind high performance wall and roof construction are now within the reach of all designers, architects, builders, and remodelers.

This course explores various high performance wall and roof assemblies, including continuous exterior insulation, truss walls, double-stud walls, SIPS, staggered stud framing, I-joist, and more. Participants learn principles that can be applied to existing homes and new construction projects, including durable wall design, insulation strategies and air sealing, product selection, and construction. The course addresses the importance of performance testing and diagnostics to verify the performance of installed equipment and the home’s envelope. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe high performance building methods for insulation, air sealing, and weatherization
  • Select appropriate design features and assemblies according to project objectives
  • List methods for building high performance roofs for both new and existing homes
  • Identify when and by whom these methods are used during the pre-insulation, post-drywall, and siding installation phases of construction
  • Explain the importance of performance testing and diagnostics to verify the performance of installed equipment and the home’s envelope

Want to learn more? This High Performance Building Envelopes course actually forms Module 3 of our interactive 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accreditation course.


John Spillman is a trainer and technical consultant with Earth Advantage Institute. He teaches classes to Energy Auditors, Builders, Architects/Designers and Building Code officials. John has been promoting sustainable building and energy efficiency in both new and existing residential construction with Earth Advantage Institute since 2009. John’s construction background is in residential remodeling. He is currently an Oregon general contractor, a certified professional with the Building Performance Institute, and a LEED for Homes Green Rater. John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Davis.

Questions? Contact Ryan LaPoma at or (503) 968-7160 x25. 

Hosted by Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) and brought to you with generous support from City of Eugene:

"The class was fabulous. Stephen absolutely cleared my thinking about moisture control, particularly vapor in walls. I feel encouraged and ready to move forward in the direction of passive house in all projects where I can apply these techniques."

— Joseph Engum, Builder/Remodeler  |  Housecraft Building & Renovation

"Very informative and insightful on building envelopes!"

— Jimmy Jen, Engineer  |  Energy Performance Engineering

"I found the whole class extremely informative."

— Anonymous Survey Participant

"Lots of information to absorb - enjoyed it very much."

— Anonymous Survey Participant

"It is a fabulous class that brings to mind the necessity to plan ahead and to "think" about the environment and the technology that we have at our disposal, and to meld the two. We can now educate our clients!!"

— Anonymous Survey Participant

Eugene Course on 4/29: $99*
General Admission: $169

*The course fee has been susidized thanks to generous support from City of Eugene.
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