Problem free basements, crawlspaces and attics in new homes
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“Joe is an unbelievable resource.”
“Joe’s knowledge of the subject matter was impressive.”
“Joe made it very easy to pay attention and contribute to the subject.”
“The best seminar I've attended.”
As a result of this course you will be able to:
- Distinguish between code and best practices related to managing moisture and energy in basements, crawlspaces and attics.
- Explain why managing moisture and energy with equal intensity is a necessity.
- Discuss basement slab insulation installation best practices and applications.
- Contrast the construction details of a basement and crawlspace.
- Explain how to prevent wet attic problems and enhance roof system performance.
Who should attend?
Residential builders and remodelers, students and apprentices in construction trades, building performance consultants, weatherization technicians, code officials, residential energy program design professionals, designers, home inspectors and anyone with basic knowledge and interest in building high performance homes.
When there are home comfort, moisture or mold problems in basements, crawlspaces and attics they can be a hassle to solve after a home is built. How do you get to the root causes of such problems at the time of construction? Join Joe to find out.
Joe has visited thousands of homes as the technical coordinator for the Focus on Energy New Homes Program. He’ll share his insights and get down to the real reasons why some homes have very few problems while others are plagued with call backs. The most important details for managing water and energy in these spaces will be discussed; as well as techniques for insulating, air sealing and controlling indoor water vapor. He’ll also take a look at the history of attic ventilation, its role in managing a dry cold attic and why it should be considered a backup strategy.
7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–noon: Program
There is no fee to attend this half-day course, which includes continental breakfast. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.
Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.
AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 3.75 LU.
ASHI This course is approved for 3 ASHI continuing education credits.
BPI This course is BPI recognized for 1.88 CEU credits.
GBCI Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 3.5 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.
IACET As an IACET Accredited Provider, Seventhwave offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Seventhwave is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this program.
NAHB This course is eligible for 3.5 hours of continuing education credit toward the following NAHB professional designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR and Master CGP.
NARI This course is approved for 4 NARI CEUs.
WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 3.5 CEUs for the following credentials: Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification and UDC-Construction Inspector Certification.
Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.
Basements and crawlspaces
- Insulation options
- Under the slab, when and how
- Slab and foundation connection, why?
- Construction details that work
- Heated slabs and code
- Attic ventilation as a secondary measure
- Why and how to stop air leaks from the house to the attic
- Managing moisture before it gets in the attic
- Construction details that work
Home Building Technology Services
Joe's firm offers design evaluations, construction management and building failure analysis. He is certified in residential mechanical ventilation design and installation and advanced building science. Joe provides support and training as the technical director for the Focus on Energy New Homes Program.
“In terms of construction practices and building failures there’s not too much we haven’t seen or figured out. Collectively the Wisconsin building community has learned a tremendous amount over the past few decades. Now is the time to share experiences and learn from one another.”
See Joe in action—watch his past presentations from the Wisconsin Better Buildings: Better Business Conference (March 2013):
Thank you to our classroom course sponsors.
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