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Program Series (Winter 2015):  

Building and Renovating a Healthy, Energy Efficient Home:

"High Performance Homes Don't Need to be Expensive or Ugly"

February 6, 2015 - Foundations
February 12, 2015 - The Building Shell
February 26, 2015 - Ventilation
March 5, 2015 - Renovations
All sessions located at:  The Shelter Institute, Woolwich, ME

Click Here to Register for One or More of These Sessions On-Line

(Attendees:  Click Here For Handouts, Resources & Supplements)


Starting in February of 2015, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, the Maine Contractors & Builders Alliance, and the Shelter Institute will jointly sponsor our popular residential construction training series.  These programs are designed to educate residential building professionals on construction practices that both optimize energy efficiency measures and minimize the risk of indoor air quality problems in new and existing homes.

Although not codes classes, these programs include coverage of the Maine Building & Energy Codes (2012 and proposed 2015 national codes), basic building science, IAQ principles, and some humor so that building professionals of all types can understand the concepts presented in each of these trainings.

The program trainers, William A. Turner and David Johnston, provide a perfect blend of building science technique and practical, pound-the-nails guidance. 

Each workshop session is being updated for 2015 to provide information on:

  • Proven energy efficient building construction techniques with references for additional construction information that can be found at the DOE Build America Solutions Center and Energy Start sites, along with building code references
  • The physical processes at work:  how air, moisture, and heat move in and out of a home
  • Practical strategies to effectively and economically address both IAQ and energy
  • Case studies from actual projects (participants are encouraged to bring issues to the sessions)
Who Should Attend:  Building contractors and subcontractors, architects, engineers, codes enforcement officials (including TPI's), home inspectors, building supply representatives, product manufacturers, insurance representatives, mortgage lenders, real estate professionals, and home energy improvement professionals.

Note:  Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Continuing Education Credits and Certification as a MCBA Healthy Home Builder

Credits:  These trainings have been pre-approved for the following credits

     AIA Members - (Foundations 3.0 AIA credits; Building Shell 5.5 AIA Credits; Ventilation 3.0 AIA Credits; Renovations 5.5 AIA Credits)

     Codes Officials (Foundations 4.0 credits; Building Shell 7.0 credits; Ventilation 4.0 credits; Renovations 6.0 credits)

     BPI certified professionals (Foundations - 2.0 credits; Building Shell 3.5 credits; Ventilation 2.0 credits; Renovations 3.25 credits)

     Engineers (Foundations 4.0 credits; Building Shell 6.0 credits; Ventilation 4.0 credits; Renovations 6.0 credits)

     Industrial Hygienists (self report credt hours)

     Realtors (Foundations 3.0 credits; Building Shell 6.0 credits; Ventilation 4.0 credits; Renovations 6.0 credits)

     Registered Radon Professionals (pending)

     USGBC members.  (self report credit hours)

Builder Certification:

     Individuals attending all four sessions become eligible for the Healthy Home Builder Certification offered through the Maine Contractors & Builders Alliance.  Healthy Home Builder Certification also contributes to Level 2 (Silver) Certification for MCBA's voluntary Builder Certification Program.  For more information, contact the MCBA office at (207) 593-0864.

Fees:  Individual program sessions are $90 for Maine Indoor Air Quality Council members and $120 for nonmembers.  Both members and nonmembers can register for all 4 programs at a discounted rate of $320 for the series.  If a nonmember, you'll also get MIAQC membership through June 30, 2015 (a $90 value); if already a member, you'll get a $50 coupon good towards your 2015 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference registration.

Limited Time Discount:  If you register and pay for one of MABEP/Maine Star's High Performance Homes Programs, AND your regsiter for at least two of these Building & Renovating a Healthy, Energy Efficient Homes programs, you can deduct the cost of your MABEP program fee from your fees to the MIAQC sessions!  Just select the discount option at registration.


Winter 2015 Schedule for Building and Renovating a Healthy, Energy Efficient Home:

Click Here to Register for One or More of These Sessions On-Line

(Attendees:  Click Here For Handouts & Supplements)


Friday, February 6, 2015
The Shelter Institute, Woolwich
Registration opens:  8:00 a.m.;  Program 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

About Foundations:  Proper site work and foundation construction are as critical to the overall quality and healthfulness of a home as the building shell that is constructed above grade. As a result, a builder’s job begins before the very first shovel of dirt comes out of the ground, not after the foundation is completed. This program highlights the physical processes at work below grade--processes related to temperature, water, moisture, and air--and how they can cause a variety of problems that not only affect occupant health, but may also compromise the building structure. The session offers practical how-to guidance on ways to avoid mistakes in site drainage and foundation construction: mistakes that are costly and difficult to fix.



The Building Shell

Thursday, February 12, 2015
The Shelter Institute - Woolwich, ME
Registration 8:00 a.m.  
Program:  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*

*Bring a brown bag lunch or purchase a lunch on-site.

About the Program:  Simply put, a new home’s building shell is comprised of the structural elements that separate the inside from the outside: walls, roofs, windows, doors. The shell’s function, however, is anything but simple. It has to protect its occupants from rain, wind and snow. It has to control the flow of energy and heat between indoors and outdoors. It has to control the flow of air and moisture. It has to provide light and a mechanism to enter and exit. It has to provide a means for pollutants and contaminants to flow out of the building. It has to create an environment that is comfortable indoors, when conditions outdoors are not. And, it significantly determines the affordability and energy consumption of a home. This program presents practical techniques building professionals can use to achieve all of these goals and still provide healthy IAQ.




Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Shelter Institute - Woolwich, ME
Registration:  8:00 a.m.; 
Program:  8:30 a.m. - 12:OO Noon

About the Program:  Building and renovating homes in Maine’s climate is a challenge. While most customers demand that their homes be constructed and renovated to minimize heat loss - most customers don’t make similar demands for adequate ventilation. Yet ventilation of a Maine home, particularly an energy efficient home, is one of the most critical construction issues Maine builders need to address. Properly ventilated homes minimize the risk of exposure to indoor environmental pollutants (radon, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustion pollutants, chemicals) and minimize the risk of moisture damage in the building envelope and subsequent biological contamination. This program stresses why controlling ventilation in a home is necessary to protect occupant health. It will discuss the most common sources of indoor air pollution in homes and how they get there, and what physical processes are present (air flow, pressure, moisture) that affect indoor air quality. The program provides practical strategies to achieve core ventilation goals.



Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Shelter Institute - Woolwich, ME
Registration:  8:00 a.m.
Program:  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*

*Bring a brown bag lunch or purchase a lunch on-site.

About the Program:  This full day session focuses on practical strategies to minimize IAQ problems when undertaking common residential renovations.  The program covers identification of potential IAQ hazards in an existing home, understanding how specific renovation projects can impact indoor air quality, and strategies to both renovate a home AND reduce health risks for home occupants.  Covers: weatherization, basement improvements, roofs, windows/doors, bathrooms, kitchens, additions, and ventilation. 


About the trainers:

Bill Turner, CEO of Turner Building Science, LLC, has 30+ years’ experience in dealing with fundamental Building Science, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality construction principles.  Mr. Turner 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.
David Johnston is president of David Johnston & Co., has been building healthy, energy efficient homes in Maine for more than 30 years. David has served as an adjunct instructor in Residential Design and Drafting and Graphic Design at the USM Department of Industrial Technology, and is currently on the Advisory Committee for a new Construction Management major at USM.to foundation moisture, and teaches building trades at Central Maine Community College.



Can't attend a live session?  Prior versions of Foundations, Building Shell, and Ventilation trainings are now available for viewing on-line.  Cost is $25 per session.  Click HERE to get started with your on-line sessions.






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