Builder Training Series: Building & Renovating an Energy Efficient, Healthy Home

February 21, 2017 9:10 pm Comments Off on Builder Training Series: Building & Renovating an Energy Efficient, Healthy Home

MIAQC logoBuilding & Renovating an Energy Efficient, Healthy Home: a 4-program training series!

In March and April of 2017, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is presenting its popular residential construction training series. These programs teach construction practices that optimize energy efficiency measures and minimize the risk of moisture and indoor air quality problems in new and existing homes. The trainings further emphasize this critical concept: high performance homes are not hard to construct, and the extra efficiency measures have a very reasonable payback — both for the builder and the homeowner.

The builder training series workshops include illustrations of current Building and Energy Codes (2009; 2012 and 2015); Energy Star Guidelines; Zero Energy Ready Guidelines; and Passive-Haus Guidelines. They further provide an introduction to basic building science and IAQ principles, and incorporate humor to convey the core concepts. The program trainers William A. Turner and David Johnston, provide a perfect blend of building science technique with practical, pound-the-nails guidance.

  • What? A 4-part program training series on building + renovating an energy efficient, healthy home covering foundations, the building shell, heating + ventilation, and renovations.
  • When? 
    • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. FOUNDATIONS.
    • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. THE BUILDING SHELL.
    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. HEATING + VENTILATION.
    • Tuesday, April 4, 2017. RENOVATIONS.
  • Why? Each workshop session provides information on:
    • Proven cost-effective and energy efficient building construction techniques
    • The physical processes that require attention: how air, moisture, and heat move in and out of a home
    • Practical strategies to effectively and economically address both energy efficiency and indoor air quality
    • Case studies from actual projects (participants are encouraged to bring issues to the sessions)
    • Specific references and resources, such as DOE’s Building America Solutions Center, EPA’s Energy Star Sites, building codes, and private publications

Continuing Education Credits and Level 1 MCBA Certification:
These programs are pre-approved for: AIA Members, Codes Officials, BPI certified professionals, Engineers, Realtors, and Registered Radon Professionals. Individuals who attend all four sessions are eligible for a Level 1 Building Certification offered through the Maine Contractors & Builders Alliance.

Cost: Thanks to funding support from local, regional, and national sponsors, these programs are being made available to area building professionals for just $99 per session for Council members, or $139 per session for nonmembers. Register for all 4 sessions and get a 15% discount AND a $25 coupon for the Northeast IAQ & Energy Conference on May 1-3 in Portland.

Go to or call 626-8115 to register. Download the complete flyer here.

About the trainers:

  • David Johnston has been building custom energy efficient, healthy homes in Maine for more than 35 years. David currently teaches building construction trade classes at Central Maine Community College and has served as an adjunct instructor in Residential Design and Drafting and Graphic Design at USM. David is currently on Advisory Committees for Southern Maine Community College, Central Maine Community College, and Westbrook Region Technology Center.
  • Bill Turner has 30+ years’ experience in dealing with fundamental Building Science, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality forensic principles. Bill has two renovated homes participating in the 1000 Home Challenge program, with a focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. He provides training both locally and nationally for a broad range of building and IAQ organizations.

To learn more about Hancock Lumber events and additional building training series, visit our events page.

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