Building Techniques and Strategies Products

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  • Diversification: Capitalizing on New Business Opportunities- Live Online 2020 (December 1 & 8)

    Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 12/01/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Identify opportunities to build and diversify your business. This course examines more than 25 different opportunities within the construction industry that are ideal for expansion. Explore the different approaches and options diversification allows, including commercial building, remodeling, special use structures and institutional projects. You'll analyze the factors that affect success in diversification and learn the due diligence steps to take when preparing to diversify. The course takes place on Tuesday, December 1 & 8, 1-4 p.m. ET. Registration is open until 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on Monday, November 30.

  • High Performance Marketing: Positioning Yourself for Success

    Includes Credits

    There is a growing demand for sustainably-built homes, also called green homes. With a wide array of sustainable building options, perception of green practices can vary among builders and remodelers and their clients. In this on-demand module, builders and remodelers will learn how to define their markets, determine their product readiness and approach, and communicate their own story to achieve success in marketing high performance homes. The level of content in this module is for the novice learner.

  • Cost Effective Home Solutions to Increase Water Efficiency

    Includes Credits

    Water shortages in the southwest and other arid regions have led to specific regulations for home builders and owners, and water quality in other regions is a driver of waste management and water usage rules. This module from NAHB will examine the current impact of hydrologic management on home building and explore strategies -- from the macro level to the individual home -- for site design, plumbing fixture selection, and rain water collection. The level of content in this module is for the novice learner.

  • High Performance Remodeling: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

    Includes Credits

    Green remodeling presents opportunities to raise the performance standards for existing homes. But working with existing structures also presents a set of unique challenges.  The unintended consequences of poor planning and a lack of understanding of building science can have dire effects. For example, as code requirements for insulation and tighter envelopes increase, a good understanding of moisture management is imperative. This on-demand module will present several scenarios with different pathways for improvements and explore both the positive and negative results of decisions made during the remodel.

  • Green Remodeling - Parts A and B

    Includes Credits

    While many energy efficiency and sustainability programs focus on new homes, improving existing homes creates additional impact on the environment and energy efficiency. In 2015, 1.1 million homes and there were 134 million existing housing units. The additional new homes represent under 1% of the housing stock. Yet approximately 22 million owner-occupied housing units, or 16% of the housing stock, were remodeled in 2015. This module explores the challenges and considerations of green remodeling projects and reviews how the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) uniquely approaches these projects. It is also part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. The level of content in this on-demand module is for the novice learner. Please note: If you experience any issues with Adobe Flash when accessing the on-demand course or module, please try the Mozilla Firefox Web browser

  • Water Efficiency

    Includes Credits

    With limited water resources, rising demand and decreasing supply, it is surprising that most people give little thought to where water comes from and where it goes after it is used. Creating water-efficient practices involves changing the thinking and behavior of the consumer. In fact, some jurisdictions already offer incentives to existing homes but require mandates for new construction. Water concerns are increasing in many building projects and will surely direct development and growth in the near future. This module covers water efficiency strategies that can enable building industry professionals to respond to this vitally important environmental concern. It is also part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. The level of content in this on-demand module is for the novice learner. Please note: If you experience any issues with Adobe Flash when accessing the on-demand course or module, please try the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

  • Indoor Environmental Quality

    Includes Credits

    One of the highest priorities for many new home buyers is a healthier indoor environment, so knowledgeable builders, remodelers and designers can often reap extra profits or establish a market niche by producing homes with improved indoor environmental quality. Building industry professionals who do not follow sound indoor environmental quality practices run the potential risk of costly callbacks and, in worst-case scenarios, possible legal action. This module covers indoor environmental quality strategies such as the reduction or elimination of potential sources of pollutants, control of pollutants, filtration of pollutants and mitigation of radon. This module is part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. The level of content in this on-demand module is for the novice learner. Please note: If you experience any issues with Adobe Flash when accessing the on-demand course or module, please try the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

  • Energy Efficiency – Parts A and B

    Includes Credits

    Any effective approach to reduced energy consumption involves a three-fold strategy: conservation, consumption and alternative energy generation. All three energy-efficiency approaches work interdependently, but energy efficiency starts with conserving energy through a well-designed and implemented building envelope. It’s only then that introducing more efficient equipment and implementing alternative strategies can have an even greater impact. This module covers how to achieve an energy-efficient building envelope through various conservation, consumption and alternative energy strategies. It explains performance benchmarks and the options for testing and achieving compliance with the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS). This module is part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. The level of content in this on-demand module is for the novice learner. Please note: If you experience any issues with Adobe Flash when accessing the on-demand course or module, please try the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

  • Building Science and the Whole House

    Includes Credits

    High performance and green building emphasize a whole-house approach to build homes that are more environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. A whole-house approach applies a perspective that goes beyond seeing a home as just a summation of its individual parts. It explains the interaction of all parts of a home, its systems and equipment, its occupants and the structure itself. Building science has a key role because it explains the interactions and drives the health, comfort, sustainability and efficiency of the structure. Lack of knowledge or attention to detail could yield unintended consequences in a home’s operation, indoor environment or durability. This module explores key building science principles: heat transfer, moisture movement, air pressure and climate zone considerations. It is also part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. The level of content in this on-demand module is for the novice learner. Please note: If you experience any issues with Adobe Flash when accessing the on-demand course or module, please try the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

  • Resource Efficiency

    Includes Credits

    While housing is a key element in the nation’s economy, it is also an enormous consumer of materials and resources. Every year these resources are consumed in home construction as well as to repair and remodel existing homes. The average 2,000-square-foot home generates 1,500 to 3,700 pounds of solid wood waste and 1,000 to 1,800 pounds of engineered wood waste. Of this waste, three components — cardboard, wood and drywall — consistently account for 60-80% of the total on most job sites. These are fully recyclable materials. This module will discuss smart material selection and maintenance reduction. It is also part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. The level of content in this on-demand module is for the novice learner. Please note: If you experience any issues with Adobe Flash when accessing the on-demand course or module, please try the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.