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The Science & Technique of Crafting Low-Energy netPLUS Energy Buildings

Modular Format
We developed our training schedule format with the input of builders, designers, and energy raters, all busy professionals who continually balance the need for driving daily business with the need for obtaining higher quality education. Flexibility is key.

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Curriculum Overview

Any of these modules can be taken individually, in any sequence depending on your background and experience with practical, applied building science.

Module One
netPLUS Builder: Low Energy Construction & Beyond
This Six Day Course is Presented in Three Modules
Module One
*** DAY ONE ***

1. "Green" Value Achieved
Accurate Appraisal & Finance of High-Performance Building

2. Relevant History of High-Performance Building

3. Green Programs/Certifications
What You Need to Know, Without the Hype

4. DOE Challenge Home:
Builder's Intro to Zero-Net Energy Ready Future

5. Energy in Balance: Clarifying the 'Big Picture'
* Site vs. Source
* Conservation vs. Generation
* Gains vs. Losses
* Incentives vs. Longevity
* Cost, Return, and net Present Value

6. Stakeholders: Building a High-Performance Team, First

7. HERS Raters: An Essential Partnership

8. The Building Enclosure: Designed & Built, To Work

9. High-Performance Assemblies in Focus: WALLS

*** DAY TWO ***

1. Building Science - for Builders:
Planning for Success, instead of Building Failures

2. Heat, Water & Air: Why You Should Care

3. Durability:
The Achilles' Heel of High-Performance Buildings

4. Durability:
Water Management Details: Bulk, Capillary, & Vapor

5. Barriers vs Retarders: Does Anyone Get This Right?
* Definitions
* Functions
* Code
* Building Science
* Best Practices

6. High-Performance Assemblies in Focus: WALLS
* Understanding How Thermal Performance is Calculated
* Interpreting 2009, 2012 & Likely 2015 IECC Code Requirements

7. Airtightness: Critical to Energy, and Durability
* Metrics
* Testing
* Air Tightness Detailing: WALLS


June 25 - 28
Shepherdstown, WV
Modules 1 & 2

Aug 20 - 23
Blacksburg, VA
Modules 1 & 2

Oct. 9 - 10
Shepherdstown, WV
Modules 3

Oct. 11 - 12
Shepherdstown, WV
netPLUS Owner
Build Essentials

Recent Events:
Earth Day: April 22 - 23
Module 1

ASES "Passive House
Power - netPLUS Now" Presentation - April 17

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