With Maine’s cold, harsh winters and significant annual snowfall, it is inevitable that some buildings will experience the bane of homeowners and property managers alike:  the ice dam.    In fact, any building with a pitched roof has the potential for an ice dam problem.  It doesn’t take long for ice dams to form, and when they do, the risk of roof leaks and subsequent mold growth is great.

This short-format program will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of why ice dams form, as well as strategies for proper clean-up, repair, and prevention.   Plenty of time will be given for audience questions and discussion. Specific topics to be covered:

  • Indoor Air Quality Issues: How Ice Dams Impact the Indoor Environment
  • Ice Dam Science:  Why Ice Dams Form
  • Cleaning Up After the Ice Dam:  Mold Issues and Proper Mold Clean Up
  • Ice Dam Prevention:  Effective Strategies for Building Repair and Future Ice Dam Prevention

Who Should Attend:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Weatherization Professionals
  • Property Inspectors
  • Codes Officials
  • Homeowners
  • Building Managers (large and small buildings)
  • Housing Authorities
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Insurance Company Representatives
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Public Policy Professionals


8:00 a.m.     Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.     Program

11:00 a.m.    Adjourn

Continuing Education Credits:

The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council will be working to secure the following education credits for the program:  (please check back for postings of exact credit hours available).

American Society of Home Inspectors – Approved for 3 Continuing Education Units

Architects – Approved for 2.5 LU AIA credits. Program number 8-2017-31

Building Performance Institute – Approved for 1.25 hours by the Building Performance Institute

Certified Energy Auditors – Self-Submit using BPI hours (1.25 hours)

Code Enforcement Officers – Approved for 3 hours in Ventilation

Licensed Pesticides Applicators – Approved for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control.

Professional Engineers – Self-Submit 2.5 contact hours

Radon Professionals – Approved for 1.25 CE by Maine Radon Section

Real Estate Professionals – Approved for 2.0 credit hours by the Maine Real Estate Commission.
Program number CN276C042LE.

USGBC – Self-submit 2.5 “Live Presentation” hours

About the Presenters:

Dan Kolbert has lived and built in Portland for 30 years. He facilitates a monthly building science discussion group in Portland, now in it’s 9th year, and serves on the advisory board of several building and training programs in Maine. His company, Kolbert Building, specializes in energy-efficient renovation work, and has built several LEED-rated homes in Greater Portland.

Chris Prior is a Licensed Master Pesticide Applicator (Maine), NADCA Certified ASCS, and ACAC CMRS & CMI.  He is the Director of Indoor Air Quality for EnviroVantage and is also a board member of the NH IAQA.  His wide range of experience is well suited for the needs of residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

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