Applied Building Science Fundamentals

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Take the mystery out of tight homes and moisture management.


Length: 3 Hours

Join us for this online training to explore how properly designing and constructing a building's envelope (or thermal and moisture barrier) is essential for a comfortable, healthy, durable, and energy-efficient home. 

This course explores the fundamental laws that govern the dynamic flows within a building in order to understand the interconnectedness of house systems. Participants will have the opportunity to develop different approaches and best practices for managing thermal, air, and moisture flows that affect the performance and indoor air quality in a home. You'll also perform an in-depth analysis of insulation and air sealing options and review the benefits of different field-proven options. 

Take this training and learn how to calculate the overall R-values of various house assemblies and the wall assembly U-factors, evaluate the optimum orientation of a house, and analyze potential efficiency improvements. You'll also walk away with field-proven moisture management strategies and an understanding of how to integrate these building envelope details into plans and specifications.  

Register today and gain these fundamentals that are necessary tools to use when making design, construction and operation decisions that affect the long term resiliency of projects.

Recommended Audience

Architects / Builders / Contractors / Code Officials / Developers / Engineers / Home Energy Score Assessors / Home Inspectors / Program Representatives / Raters / Verifiers / Remodelers / Students / Subcontractors

Continuing Education

OR CCB: 3 CEs  
OCHI: 3 CEs  
BPI: 1.5 units 
ICC 0.3 CEs 
OR Real Estate Agency: 3 CEs   
EA Broker Renewal: 3 CEs   
Accredited Green Appraiser (AGA) Renewal: 3 CEs 


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The on-demand training format consists of a series of 5-10 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.

What is SHP?

This 3-hour training represents the first module within the larger Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) online  training and accreditation program designed for the NW region:

Earth Advantage's SHP training provides 15+ hours of cutting-edge design and building best practices that are critical to success in today's housing market. Learn from expert trainers as they help guide participants towards overcoming common barriers and choosing the best high performance building practices to match their specific scenario. The SHP online training offers presentation videos, behind-the-walls site visits, live webinars, guest speakers, product/technology demos, robust CE credits, and the option to earn the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) designation. 

Those who complete this Module 2 training will be one step closer towards earning our SHP designation. We invite you to learn more and gain visibility as a well-informed green building professional by signing up for the SHP online training today. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the natural laws that drive the thermal, air, and moisture flows within a house.
  • Develop strategies for analyzing how dynamic flows affect the performance of a house.
  • Understand how improving building performance affects indoor air quality.
  • Select appropriate design features and assemblies according to project objectives.


*Energy Trust of Oregon Trade Allies working with EPS New Construction may be eligible for partial reimbursement for this course. Please contact for more information.


Affordable Housing Providers (developers, builders, and their subcontractors)


Earth Advantage Designated Professionals, Earth Advantage builder clients, ZERO Members, Energy Trust of Oregon Trade Allies, & Oregon Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) certified companies.


General Admission

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