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What you can expect from our classes?

All classes are taught virtually in Zoom to make learning easy and convenient!

Q & A

Classes are 120 minutes with 30 minutes extra allowed for valuable Question & Answer time during class and at the end.

Small Class Size

Class sizes are limited to 25 registrations each, making one-on-one interaction with the instructor much easier in a live virtual class setting.

Complimentary Classes

Classes are designed to compliment one another to maximize your understanding, but each works very well as a stand alone class if only one or two classes are of particular interest.

CEUs Available

All classes are eligible for International Code Council (ICC) continuing education credits (CEUs).  Other CEUs may be available.
Please email [email protected] to learn more.

Becoming a Building Science Expert

We spend 90% of our lives in buildings (65% of that at home).  As designers, builders, inspectors, and home owners, raising our understanding of how buildings work to maximize energy efficiency, comfort, durability and also safety is important, if not essential.

This class will provide a foundational understanding of the basics of building science, helping you to become more expert in your knowledge of how buildings work "as a system."  When finished, you will not only think differently about how to design, build, and inspect homes… but also about your own home!

What you'll be learning:

  • Does heat flow in or out through an open door in the cold of winter?  The answer to this question is "the basics of heat flow".
  • Why must insulation be in contact with an "air barrier" in order to work?
  • Why is it OK for insulation on a horizontal ceiling to be left exposed/open to the attic when it's necessary for insulation in vertical wall assemblies (like knee walls) to be fully enclosed in "air barrier"?
  • The importance of not just "building tight", but also "ventilating right".
  • Why bedroom door(s) slamming shut when the air conditioner/heater turns on means you've got a potential problem larger than you might think.
  • How do you ensure that all the basics of good building science are correctly implemented in a building, every time?

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Maximizing Performance with Unvented Attics

Demystifying one of the best ways to build a residential or commercial building, including a user friendly explanation of the international building code requirements for building "unvented attics" and what builders, architects, trade contractors and code officials need to focus on to ensure this building method is executed in a durable, safe, and efficient manner.

What you'll be learning:

  • Where did “cathedralized unvented” attics come from?
  • Why does everyone get so excited about "unvented" attics?  What makes them so great??
  • Which insulation is “the best” for cathedralized unvented attics?
  • What does the International Residential Code (IRC) say about unvented attics?
    • When did the code first include unvented attics?
    • Gain a practical understanding of the various options for complying with the IRC.
    • What was the "exotic twist" added to the 2018 IRC?
    • Please “just tell me what I need to do!”

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Energy Code Mastery (IECC 2021)

First published in the year 2000, the international building codes have been updated, and steadily improved, every three years since. The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Residential Code (IRC) contain the requirements specific to energy efficiency and, starting in 2006, many provisions we consider to be "the best of building science."  This class provides a user friendly look at the key elements of the IECC, with short detours into the IRC, so attendees will leave feeling much more confident designing, building, and inspecting to the code's requirements.

What you'll be learning:

  • Do you know how many possible "pathways" there are to comply with the IECC?  If not, you may be working much harder than you need to remodeling an existing home or building a new one.

  • What are the specific requirements in cold versus hot climates.... and climate zones in between?
  • Improve your understanding of the energy efficiency tests & inspections called for in the IECC, why they're important, when they are required (and when not), and who can, and probably should, be doing them for your project.

  • Getting your project into, through and out of the plan check and field inspection process with reduced headaches.... as a designer, builder, and a code official.

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Energy Program Knowledge Builder

Successful integration into the marketplace of energy efficient building products, techniques and technologies is due in large part to energy efficiency programs created by the private, public and nonprofit sectors.  These programs have successfully bundled and packaged "the best of building science" and energy efficiency and added marketing and incentives (not just financial) to entice home builders and homeowners to adopt best practices sooner than they would have without this assistance.  Learn not just the practical requirements of each program, but a little history about where they came from and how they evolved over time to reach their current status.

What you'll be learning:

  • What's the difference between a "Home Energy Audit" and a "Home Performance Evaluation"?
  • How do you determine "miles per gallon" for a home?
  • Do ENERGY STAR products installed in a home make it an "ENERGY STAR " home?
  • Learn about other common energy efficiency programs, including:
    • LEED for Homes
    • The National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
    • Environments for Living

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Energy Efficiency Products Decoded (Part 1) - Building Envelope

When the energy efficiency building codes were first created, the focus was primarily on the management of heat flowing in and out of buildings through the building envelope or shell....walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors.  Attention has broadened in the latest versions of the code to address the "systems" covered in Part 2 of this class, but how we build the envelope remains the most essential and basic element for maximizing the energy efficiency of buildings.

While it's impossible to cover every product and variation available in the US market, let alone internationally, this class will look at some of the most popular products and designs for building envelopes as well as some wall systems you've likely never heard of before.

Our goal in Parts 1 and 2 is to give you a stronger understanding of what you need to include in a home to maximize energy efficiency, durability, performance, and convenience for the homeowner.  As part of your learning, we will provide an historical background whenever possible so you can better understand how each product and system evolved over time and, in doing so, integrates with other systems.

What you'll be learning:

  • What's the weakest link in the building envelope?
  • How does radiant barrier roof sheathing actually work when the shiny side is facing to the inside rather than the outside of an attic?
  • Can standard "stick frame" construction compare favorably to the "high-performance", "high-tech" wall systems available today?
  • Why is it so hard for "high-performance", "high-tech" wall systems to enter the mainstream, production home market?
  • Code requires slab edge insulation in cold climates, but should it also be considered in warmer climates too?

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Energy Efficiency Products Decoded (Part 2) - Building Systems

Our homes are full of "systems", big and small, that can be operated inefficiently or "energy efficiently," including our heating and cooling system, ventilation system, electrical system, lighting and appliance systems, and water system.

As in Part 1, while it's impossible to cover every product and variation available in the marketplace, this class will look at some of the most popular products and designs for each of these systems, and some not so popular ones you've likely never heard of before.

What you'll be learning:

  • What's the best way to simultaneously save water and energy?
  • The importance of not just "building tight", but also "ventilating right".
  • What's the balance point between increasing levels of energy efficiency for a home and adding on-site power generation with PV solar?

  • What kind of simple "set it and forget it" energy efficiency products should be included in every home?
  • How can you reduce your risk of significant damage to your home when sleeping at night and also when on vacation?
  • What's a simple way to keep your water warmer, longer after it leaves the water heater...and fills your bathtub?

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The 5th Element of Home Ownership.

Finding the Hidden Value (and Traps) In the Homes You Sell

This power packed presentation will provide an informative and entertaining overview of the basics of building science and home energy efficiency that will make you think twice about the homes you help clients to buy and sell…and also about your own home!  We will share secrets to maximizing the value of selling energy efficient, “green” homes and create clear differentiation from the rest of the REALTORS® in the marketplace.

This class is co-taught with Jan Green, REALTOR®, GREEN, SFR, EcoBroker®

** 3 Hours of "Disclosure" CE Credit available

What you'll be learning:

  • How to more easily spot items that lead to higher utility bills for your buyers.
  • What features in a home provide comfort, utility savings, and a healthy indoor environment.
  • How do you establish “miles per gallon” for a home’s energy efficiency?
  • Where to find expert help to make energy efficient repairs.
  • Understand the differences in energy efficiency between new and existing homes.
  • Learn how to market and sell comfort, utility savings, and a healthy indoor environment.
  • How to increase your value to home buyers, armed with all this new knowledge.

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Daran is incredibly knowledgeable and excellent at sharing his in-depth knowledge in an understandable way.”

Marjae’ Hubbard
Maracay Homes

“The presentation was very informative with lots of information packed into a relatively short time. Daran loves what he does, and it shows!”

David Bruce

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