On-Demand Modules

Below is a list of currently available on demand modules. Select the module to see more information and to register. The modules can be used for your professional development and continuing education. 

  • High Performance Remodeling: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

    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.

  • Project Management Processes and Tools

    The objective of any project management system is timely and cost-efficient completion that attains the project goals. It involves defining goals, creating processes to meet the goals, creating benchmarks, maintaining a schedule, containing costs and measuring the outcome. Learn how an efficient project management system works and how it is especially critical to a project that is seeking certification to a green building program. This module is part of the Advanced High Performance Building: Project Management course.

  • Decreasing the Potential for Liabilities Associated with Green and High Performance Building

    Green and high performance building is a rapidly growing industry, evoking the potential for previously unconsidered or under-appreciated liability risks related to both building and design. Green builders, remodelers and other building industry professionals can decrease their risk through proper messaging, effective documentation and detailed planning. The entire team, from sales to warranty, must understand the proper terminology, what statements can be made, and how the process in itself provides a level of protection. This module is part of the Advanced High Performance Building: Project Management course. 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.

  • Incorporating High Performance Practices into Project Management – Parts A and B

    Numerous green building certification tools and processes help a project manager select and enforce green practices. The key is understanding how they can be used as planning tools and checklists as well. Project managers can use the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) to provide the definition of quality for use throughout the project to meet the client’s goals and attain certification. This module is part of the Advanced High Performance Building: Project Management course.

  • High Performance Building as a Building Strategy

    One of the biggest high performance building hurdles to overcome is the perception that it costs too much and that the added benefits do not justify the costs. Too often builders and remodelers fall victim to the same perception and actually reinforce it by trying to defend the cost rather than emphasize the value that they have created for their buyer. Return on investment (ROI) and available incentives work to justify the cost and should be part of the discussion with customers, but only a part. It is also important to shift the conversation to the recognition of created value. This module reviews how to do just that. It is also part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. 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.

  • Operation Maintenance and Building Owner Education

    Proper operation and maintenance of the building and its green components by the owners and occupants is critical to achieving the energy, resource and water efficiency and indoor environmental quality objectives. This module specifically addresses the areas of operation, maintenance and owner education, including the content of building owners’ manuals for single-family and multifamily dwellings, building owner training for single- and two-family structures and additional considerations for multiunit buildings. This module is part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course 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.

  • Site and Lot Design and Development

    The goal of the green developer is to minimize the impact on the environment. The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) includes practices that focus efforts and awards points on proper planning followed by implementation. This one-hour online module covers strategies and tactics for both site and lot development with emphasis on four key areas: site and lot selection; project team, mission statement and goals; site and lot design and site and lot development and construction. This module is part of the High Performance Building for Building Professionals course. 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

    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. 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

    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. 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

    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. 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.