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Residential Construction Training Series:  

Building a Healthy, Energy Efficient Home

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The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council has developed a series of residential construction trainings designed to educate residential building professionals on construction practices that minimize the risk of indoor air quality problems in new and existing homes. Although not codes classes, these programs do include coverage of the Maine Building & Energy Codes*, so that building professionals can understand how the concepts presented in each of these trainings is, or is not, addressed by the Codes.  

*Building and Energy codes referenced in the programs include the International Residential Code; the International Energy Conservation Code; ASHRAE 62.2 Standard for Residential Ventilation; and the ASTM E-1465 Standard for radon preventive construction techniques.  

Continuing Education Credits:  Live programs have been pre-approved for: AIA Members, Codes Officials, BPI certified professionals, Engineers, Realtors, and Registered Radon Professionals.

Winter 2015 Schedule to be Posted Soon!  

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



Session Summaries

Building an IAQ Healthy Home:  Foundations

About the Program:  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.



Building an IAQ Healthy Home:  The Building Shell

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.



Building an IAQ Healthy Home:  Ventilation

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.


Building an IAQ Healthy Home:  Renovations

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
is the president of Turner Building Science, LLC, and has 25 years’ experience in the development and implementation of indoor air quality standards, diagnostic testing and remediation, industrial hygiene instruments, survey administration, air monitoring data collection, quality assurance, data validation, and technical report preparation. Turner Building Science has assembled a training development team for this program that includes engineers, architects, energy consultants and home builders - all who have been working and building in Maine for over
25 years.

David Johnston is president of David Johnston & Co., and has been building healthy, energy efficient homes in Maine for more than 26 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.


Program Sponsors

The Maine Radiation Control Program


Bangor Savings Bank

New England Spray Foam

Northeast Laboratory Services

David Johnston & Co.


Remember! The Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention encourages you to test your home for radon, and if high radon is found, to reduce those levels.  For more information visit the Radon Section website: 



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