Top 10 Best Practices for Today's Homebuilder

Learn the latest and greatest techniques being used today to build energy efficient homes.

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Join BetterBuiltNW for this no-cost 3-hour training to learn the latest and greatest techniques being used today to design and build energy efficient homes.

Note: There are state-specific versions of this training available for NW audiences. To view these training directly, use these links: OregonWashingtonIdaho & Montana.

Gain practical insights from the job site that every builder must know to keep pace with building code changes and ahead of homebuyer expectations.

This training breaks down 10 building approaches into a spectrum of "Good, Better & Best" practices for quality home construction. The info presented is customized for each state in the Northwest and will help you increase the energy efficiency, comfort and durability of the homes you’re building.

  • Poor Performing Home Scenarios
  • Housing market trends & code trajectory
  • Third party verification benefits
  • Building science basics
  • Top 10 elements of a high performance home:
    1. Design
    2. Super air sealing
    3. High-R walls
    4. High-R ceilings
    5. Windows
    6. Ducts & distribution
    7. Fresh air ventilation
    8. Appliances & lighting
    9. Mechanical systems
    10. Solar PV
  • Local raters & utility/certification programs
Oregon & Washington versions of this training also present updated code information and clearly identify areas where the code aligns with the Good, Better or Best spectrum.

You can preview the list of Top 10 Good, Better, Best approaches and watch sample training videos on Fresh Air Ventilation and Superior Air Sealing below:

Learning Objectives
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Attendees will learn about:
  • Common barriers to energy-efficient home construction
  • Building science fundamentals & moisture management
  • Ways to improve envelope design & performance
  • Advanced mechanical systems, lighting, & appliances
  • Home certification programs & energy-efficiency utility incentives

When & Where
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Online course available on-demand

3-hour training comprised of: 
  • Module 1 - Housing Market Trends & Building Science
  • Module 2 - High Performance Walls & Design
  • Module 3 - Mechanical Systems & Energy Efficiency Programs

On-demand training format consists of a series of 3-5 minute videos divided into sections. Users can start or stop their viewing at their own pace and easily resume the course at another time. Short quiz questions and activities will help you incorporate content covered in the videos.

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
OR CCB: 3 CEs 
BPI: 1.5 units 
ICC: 0.3 CEs 

Course Fee
No cost 
(Regularly $75) 

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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Code Officials, Consultants, Developers, Program Representatives, Raters/Verifiers, Subcontractors

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John Spillman
John Spillman: John is a trainer and technical consultant with Earth Advantage. He teaches classes to energy auditors, builders, architects/designers, real estate professionals and building code officials. John has been promoting sustainable building and energy efficiency in both new and existing residential construction with Earth Advantage since 2009. John’s construction background is in residential remodeling. He is a LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee and Green Rater. John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Davis.