EnergyLogic’s 2015 HBA Class Schedule: Residential Applied Building Science

Applied building science and the notion of a house as a system makes us realize that we really have to understand the pieces of the puzzle we call a house in order to understand how all the components fit together to create a high performance home.  This set of  presentations, based on applied building science and systems thinking will unmask the system and explore the building science so we better understand why we should strive to build high performance houses that last for years, are more efficient, have lower operating costs and less warranty issue, and are more comfortable durable, and ultimately more sustainable and resilient.  We will explore how codes and programs interact with building science and what simple principles will make are building experience match our customers’ expectations, are cost affective, and make sure our systems work.

2012 IECC and what is coming in the 2015 IECC

Whether you work in a jurisdiction that is on the 2009 IECC or the 2012 IECC the reality is that change is in the air.  The 2015 IECC has been published and in the year 2015 we will be seeing jurisdiction beginning the process of updating their energy code. This class will define the structure of the energy code, the pathways through the energy code, and the prescriptive and mandatory requirements. The Applied Building Science and systems integration as well as what is new for the 2015 IECC will also be discussed.

C-Springs HBA January 13th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    January 27th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       January 28st 9:30 am Start


Plans and Scopes of work

The devil is in the details and did you know that the details are required to be on your plan set.  Ensuring you created a set of plans that produces the high performance homes that your buyers are demanding is crucial.  Beyond that, how are your scope of work documents?  Have you specified who is responsible for ensuring that plan requirements, code requirements, or program requirements are being carried out?  Yes the devil is in the details, but the cost savings are in the plans and performance scopes of work.

C-Springs HBA February 10th  9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    February 24th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       February 25th 9:30 am Start

The Thermal Envelope, Insulation, Air Barriers, and the HVAC Design

The IECC, and programs like Energy Star, have heightened awareness of the thermal envelope of the house, as it is the core of what performance in housing is based on.  Our thermal envelopes are made up of more than one thing and the components must be continuous and contiguous with each other.  If this happens and our thermal envelope is clearly defined then our HVAC load calculations will be more accurate and even better performance will be achieve.  It is a system not a collection of parts and code is moving to require a clear representation of the envelope on your drawings. Let’s figure out where it is and how to make it continuous.

C-Springs HBA March 17th 9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    March 24th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       March 18th  9:30 am Start


Windows, Openings, Flashing, and Drainage Planes

Window performance has changed dramatically over the years and we will explore what is new in window technology.  Windows also constitute the largest opening in our building thermal envelope so we need to understand the impact of this and other holes we put in our buildings.  From window to wall and window to floor ratios to flashing and drainage plan continuity, we will evaluated the impacts on the systems approach to creating high performance homes.

C-Springs HBA April 21st  9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    April 28th 9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       April 22nd  9:30 am Start


Vapor management, the code, and the reality

Water presents the biggest risk we see in the homes we build.  We largely understand bulk water issues and management from drainage plans to perimeter drains, but water vapor management is still a mystery for many. Come let’s explore water vapor.  What is a vapor barrier and why are we installing them?  Should we be installing them? What does the code say about vapor barriers and why are we given three choices in the code? What should we be doing in our climate zone and why?

C-Springs HBA May 19th   9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    May 26th  9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       May 20th   9:30 am Start


Building tight and Ventilate Right

The energy codes are asking us to build tighter and tighter houses.  They are giving us tools to accomplish this goal in the air sealing and air barrier checklist, and as we move into the 2012 IECC, mandatory blower door testing.  Is this a problem or an opportunity?  Come explore why tight houses are a necessity but why we cannot only built tight but also have to ventilating right.

C-Springs HBA June 16th   9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    June 23rd   9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       June 17th   9:30 am Start


Program and Code compliance – the Performance Path

What does performance mean and why do codes and building programs give builders choices on how to comply with their rules?  What are the performance tests and what can they tell us about a house and how it will work for the owner or perform from a builders perspective?  What can we learn from our first or our one thousandth attempt to build the perfect house?  These questions and more will be explored.

C-Springs HBA August 18th   9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    August 25th  9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       August 19th   9:30 am Start


How do you handel the warranty issues you are facing? If a Builders first response is to send the Insulator or HVAC contractor to handel a warranty issue there is a better way to approach an issue and to ensure that things are repaired and handled appropriately. We will explore the power of better tracking of warranty issues and communication of warranty issues to the design and construction teams.  Let’s figure this out and move some of those warranty dollars to our bottom line.

C-Springs HBA September 15th   9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    September 22nd  9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       September 16th   9:30 am Start


Energy Star V3 and the Green Appraisal Addendum

When version 3 of the Energy Star program was revealed in 2011 many Builders quickly determined that the program requirements were too onerous and decided to drop out of the program.  Energy Star version 3 is now on its 8th revision.  All revisions have made the program more workable for its partners and it should be revisited to ensure that you are not missing out.  Energy Star is still the most recognizable marketing tool a builder has.  Doesn’t it make sense to think twice and take a second look.  In addition, doesn’t it make sense to capture all the value that you are putting into your homes.  Learn to take control of the appraisal process and ensure that the value of Energy Star and/or the high performance home you are building is revealed and taken advantage of.

C-Springs HBA October 20thth   9:00 am Start
Denver HBA    October 27th      9:30 am Start
NoCo HBA       October 21st      9:30 am Start