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 three 1-hour modules of online training and learn the latest and greatest techniques being used today to design and build energy efficient homes.

Gain info that every building professional must know to keep pace with building code changes and ahead of homebuyer expectations — and earn 3 CEs while you’re at it!

This training will cover our Top 10 "Good, Better & Best" approaches to quality home construction and will share practical insights from the job site. The topics presented will help you stay on top of your game and 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:
    • Design
    • Super air sealing
    • High-R walls
    • High-R ceilings
    • Windows
    • Ducts & distribution
    • Fresh air ventilation
    • Appliances & lighting
    • Mechanical systems
    • Solar PV
  • Local raters & utility/certification programs

Preview the complete list of Top 10 Good, Better, Best approaches >>

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: 1 CE per module; 3 CEs total 
BPI: 0.5 units per module; 1.5 units total 
ICC: 0.1 CEs per module; 0.3 CEs total
AIA: 1 LU/HSW per module; 3 LU/HSW total

Course Fee
No cost 
(Regularly $29 per module or $75 for the entire series) 

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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.