High Performance Building Envelopes (SHP Module 3)

Explore various high performance wall and roof assemblies.

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Attend this class to learn the pros vs cons of various high-performance wall and roof assemblies, including double-stud walls, staggered stud framing, truss designs, I-joist, foundations, window types,  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. 

Course Features

Day 1: Guest speaker presentation
​Day 2: Two site visits to certified green homes 

Want to learn more? This course comprises Module 3 of our 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accreditation course. Attend all 6 modules and become a Sustainable Homes Professional!  

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at hkendall@earthadvantage.org or (503) 968-7160 x20.

Learning Objectives
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  • Select appropriate design features and assemblies according to project objectives
  • List methods for building high performance walls and roofs for both new and existing homes
  • Utilize high performance building methods for insulation, air sealing, and weatherization
  • 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

When & Where
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January 11-12, 2019 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Portland, OR 
Earth Advantage Classroom 
623 SW Oak Street, Third Floor, Portland, OR 97205 (map)

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education  
BPI: 7 units 
CCB: 14 CEs  
CPHC: 14 CEs  
OCHI: 14 CEs  
OR Real Estate Agency: 14 CEs   
EA Broker Renewal: 14 CEs   
AGA Renewal: 14 CEs   

Course Fee  
$275 | General Admission  
*Energy Trust Trade Ally Reimbursements may apply.  

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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Developers, Engineers, Home Inspectors, Raters/Verifiers, Remodelers, Subcontractors, Third-Party Verification Program Staff

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Josh Salinger
Josh Salinger: Joshua Salinger is Founder and CEO of Birdsmouth Construction, a residential Design-Build company located in Portland OR. In 2007 he started Birdsmouth Construction with the goal of designing and building beautiful, high performing buildings that transform and improve the built environment. He is an accredited Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) with Earth Advantage, sits on the board of Passive House Northwest, and is a PHIUS Certified Builder. He lives in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood of Portland with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys playing guitar, yoga, cooking, bemoaning the inefficiency of his house, and making the world’s best cup of coffee. At Earth Advantage's 2018 Green Builder of the Year, Birdsmouth earned two awards for Zero Energy Builder of the Year & Lowest EPS (Energy Performance Score) of the Year.


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