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Program Series (Winter 2016):  

Building and Renovating Energy-Efficient, Healthy Homes

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Foundations

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Building Shell

Friday, February 5, 2016 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Renovations

All sessions located at:  Training Center, Sanford Police Department, 935 Main Street, Sanford, ME

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

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



    In January and February of 2016, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is presenting its popular residential construction training series.  These programs teach construction practices that optimize energy efficiency measures and minimize the risk of moisture and indoor air quality problems in new and existing homes.  The trainings further emphasize this critical concept: high performance homes are not hard to construct, and the extra efficiency measures have a very reasonable payback - both for the builder and the homeowner.
     The workshops include illustrations of current Building and Energy Codes (2009; 2012 and 2015); Energy Star Guidelines; Zero Energy Ready Guidelines; and Passive-Haus Guidelines. They further provide an introduction to basic building science and IAQ principles, and incorporate humor to convey the core concepts. The program trainers William A. Turner and David Johnston, provide a perfect blend of building science technique with practical, pound-the-nails guidance.

Each workshop session provides information on:

  • Proven cost-effective and energy efficient building construction techniques
  • The physical processes that require attention:  how air, moisture, and heat move in and out of a home
  • Practical strategies to effectively and economically address both energy efficiency and indoor air quality
  • Case studies from actual projects (participants are encouraged to bring issues to the sessions)
  • Specific references and resources, such as Codes and Standards; DOE’s Building America Solutions Center,  EPA’s Energy Star with IAQ Plus Sites, Passive Haus; Net-Zero Ready Homes; and private publications
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 for each session is limited to 48 participants.


$99 per session for Maine Indoor Air Quality Council members

$139 per session for nonmembers

Register for all 4 sessions and get a 15% registration discount PLUS a $25.00 coupon towards registration to the 2016 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference in April 2016 in Portland, Maine.

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.


Winter 2016 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)


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Training Center, Sanford Police Department, 935 Main Street, Sanford, ME
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 may affect occupant health, but may also drastically compromise energy efficiency and 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 after the home is completed.



The Building Shell

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Training Center, Sanford Police Department, 935 Main Street, Sanford, 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, roof, windows, doors, including things that govern long-term performance: air barrier, wind barrier, vapor diffusion layer, insulation, drainage plane, and exterior cladding. The shell’s function 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 means to enter and exit, and allow pollutants and contaminants to flow out of the building. The shell 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.



Heating and Ventilation

Friday, February 5, 2016
Training Center, Sanford Police Department, 935 Main Street, Sanford, 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 and moisture management. Yet ventilation of a Maine home, particularly an energy efficient home, is one of the most critical construction issues Maine builders need to address in order to prevent call backs and problems down the road. 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 energy efficient heating, moisture control, and core ventilation goals.



Thursday, February 11, 2016
Training Center, Sanford Police Department, 935 Main Street, Sanford, 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 short and long-term strategies to both maximize current and future energy efficiency and 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 for improved energy efficiency and AND reduce health risks for home occupants.  Covers: weatherization, basement improvements, roofs, windows/doors, bathrooms, kitchens, additions, and ventilation.  Case studies of actual projects will be used to illustrate training concepts.


About the trainers:

Bill Turner, of Turner Building Science, LLC, has 30+ years’ experience in dealing with fundamental Building Science, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality forensic 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 35 years. David currently teaches building construction trade classes at Central Maine Community College, and has served as an adjunct instructor in Residential Design and Drafting and Graphic Design at the USM Department of Industrial Technology. David currently serves on the Advisory Committees for Southern Maine Community College, Central Maine Community College, and Westbrook Region Technology Center..



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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