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Webinar Options for Advanced Walls

Thursday, June 10 | 2:00 PM Central
Dan Wildenhaus

What comes to mind when we say Advanced Walls? Is it 3D printed assemblies? Is this just another term for advanced framing? In this session, Dan Wildenhaus – Technical Advisor and Industry Liaison for BetterBuiltNW will go over some of the critical components of an advanced wall assembly, walls that reduce thermal bridging, improve building tightness, and have an overall UA reduction of at least 5% over the 2018 IECC. After introducing several strategies and wall designs, the webinar will focus on three potential big “next steps” for builders looking to exceed the energy code: Thermal Break Shear Wall/Extended Plate Beam, Exterior Air Barrier critical details, and interactive tools for UA calculations and tradeoffs.

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Options for Advanced Walls

Smart Home Energy Management for Ductless Mini-Splits

Webinar Smart Home Energy Management for Ductless Mini-Splits

Tuesday, May 25 | 2:00 PM Central
Jose De La Portilla and Yiwen Xu

Learn how Samsung HVAC helps Net Zero homebuilders achieve their sustainability goals with mini-split ductless systems that are not only energy efficient, but also leverage the upcoming SmartThings Energy Control service to optimize homeowner savings through insights, automation, and utility connectivity.  

Learning objectives: 

1.      Learn how Samsung HVAC comply with the EPA’s Energy Star specification. 

2.      Learn how Samsung HVAC can help you achieve sustainability goals. 

3.      Learn how Samsung’s HVAC can impact the health and wellness of homebuyers. 

4.      Learn how whole home energy management is possible with SmartThings. 

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Webinar Options for Balanced Ventilation & Tighter Envelopes

Tuesday, May 11 | 2:00 PM Central
Dan Wildenhaus

We’ve all heard that we need to “Build Tight and Ventilate Right,” but do we have the approaches that we need that are cost competitive, bring sales opportunities, and are beneficial to resiliency, comfort, and IEQ? In this webinar, we’ll briefly cover why it’s important to use balanced ventilation in tighter homes, but we will then move on to the most common strategies for getting each component right. This includes strategies for achieving tighter buildings and then a review of the seven most common balanced ventilation strategies with some tips and tricks along the way to make it work. Join Dan Wildenhaus, Technical Advisor and Industry Liaison for BetterBuiltNW on this journey to getting homes dialed in for our codes, certification programs, and most importantly our homebuyers’ future experience.

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Options for Balanced Ventilation & Tighter Envelopes

Dun Today: Enabling the Home as a Service Business Model

Webinar Dun Today: Enabling the Home as a Service Business Model

Tuesday, May 4 | 2:00 PM Central
Ty Udell

Join us to hear from Dun Today Founder Ty Udell as he discusses Home-as-a-Service and the Market Transitions on the horizon for Custom and Hi-Volume builders alike. Ty will dive into the “app based consumer,” next generation client engagements, and new revenue streams enabled by the transition to Home-as-a-Service.

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Webinar Earth Day: Launch of the new Healthier Homes Awareness for Building Professionals Course

Thursday, April 22
Gord Cooke and Dr. John McKeon

Happy Earth Day! Join us at 8am CST to launch the new cutting-edge Healthier Homes Awareness for Building Professionals educational program! This course developed by experts from Allergy Standards Ltd., Construction Instruction, and EEBA | Energy & Environmental Building Alliance bridges the gaps in medical and building science knowledge around the growing issue of health in the home.

A special thanks to our underwriting sponsors Trane, Mitsubishi Electric, Broan, DuPont, and Tarkett!

Register for the course here.

Watch the course testimonial by Gene Myers here.

 

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Earth Day: Launch of the new Healthier Homes Awareness for Building Professionals Course

The Dripping Point: High Performance Homes + Energy Efficient HVAC Systems = Increased Risk of Moisture Problems

Webinar The Dripping Point: High Performance Homes + Energy Efficient HVAC Systems = Increased Risk of Moisture Problems

Tuesday, April 20 | 2:00 PM Central
Nikki Krueger

Tightly air-sealed, well-insulated buildings combined with energy efficient HVAC systems and increased ventilation rates are key components of a comfortable and healthy high performance home. But, unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. The Era of Actively Controlling Moisture has begun and traditional methods will no longer effectively meet the new moisture demands. We will discuss the building science perspective on the “new normal” and the challenges that architects and builders now must face in order to deal with these effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the building's flow of energy, heat, air, and moisture will affect the indoor environment.
  2. Be able to recommend the most effective strategies for controlling indoor moisture levels.
  3. Understand how new residential energy efficiency building codes are driving the need for dedicated dehumidification and mechanical ventilation.
  4. Know why traditional moisture control and ventilation strategies are no longer acceptable and will result in uncomfortable, unhealthy and potential unsafe homes.

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Webinar Smart Home Energy Management

Tuesday, March 16 | 2:00 PM Central
Steve Herbert

Learn how Samsung can help Net Zero homebuilders achieve their sustainability goals with energy efficient products, home automation, and new energy management features all controlled by one simple app, SmartThings.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how Samsung Appliances comply with the EPA’s Energy Star specification.
2. Understand how Samsung’s Connected Living products can impact the health and wellness of homebuyers.
3. Learn how whole home energy management is possible with SmartThings.
4. Discover how utilities will utilize SmartThings to create new programs.

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Smart Home Energy Management

Voice of the Builder: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builders Share their Secrets for Cost-Effective High-Performance Homes

Webinar Voice of the Builder: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builders Share their Secrets for Cost-Effective High-Performance Homes

Thursday, March 11 | 2:00 PM Central
Moderators Theresa Gilbride & Terrence Mosley with builders Todd Usher, Rick Wertheim, Kevin Brozyna, Anthony Maschmedt, Tim O'Brien, Jay Epstein, & Mike Solitto

Zero Energy Ready Homes can save a bundle for their home owners and they don’t have to break the bank for home builders either. This presentation includes lessons learned from builders across the country who are building award-winning production, custom, affordable, and multi-family homes that achieve remarkably high performance levels, in some cases at little extra cost compared to code construction. Learn from these innovative builders how building to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program is helping them build and sell homes that are zero energy ready, healthy, durable, and cost-effective to construct too.

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Webinar The Real Bang for the Buck in Home Retrofits – Huge Adders from Non-Energy Impacts

Thursday, March 4 | 2:00 PM Central
Dr. Lisa Skumatz

Households value comfort and other non-energy impacts very highly – the data proves it and we can use it! In fact, more than 20 years of increasingly in-depth research shows that the dollar value that households attribute to the non-energy impacts (NEIs) from Home Retrofits has higher value to them than the energy savings. Not only is this OK, it is a great opportunity for home retrofitters and programs. Many of the NEIs are a lot easier to market and are more attractive than energy savings. Varying which of the NEIs that are put out front during marketing can attract the next and next and next participants. And the mounds of data can help make the case for much stronger ROI and payback than using only energy savings to influence decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of measurement methods for these “hard to measure” effects.
  • Learn the important information on NEI values by category and measure for key NEIs.
  • Discover examples of the NEIs from programs, and
  • Provide real-world examples of the application of NEIs for home retrofit programs.

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The Real Bang for the Buck in Home Retrofits – Huge Adders from Non-Energy Impacts

Three’s A Crowd: Energy Efficiency, Humidity and Ventilation in Humid Climate Zones

Webinar Three’s A Crowd: Energy Efficiency, Humidity and Ventilation in Humid Climate Zones

Thursday, February 18 | 2:00 PM Central
Joseph Hillenmeyer

Fresh air is our friend, but excess humidity is not. It harms health and energy goals even if the best-built homes. Mechanical ventilation is needed to dilute stale indoor air that has a negative impact on human health, but it too often comes with the side effect of increased relative humidity in the home. In this webinar we will discuss solutions for managing humidity within the building envelope as both a result of ventilation and the living habits of the eventual occupants. High performance home design continues to challenge us on the balance of energy efficiency, moisture control and proper ventilation. Learn about a single solution that can help manage all three.

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Webinar "Walk the Wok” in the Year of the Ox: An "Electric" Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebration

Tuesday, February 16 | 2:00 PM Central
Rachelle Boucher, Brady Seals, & Alex Siow

 

Chef Rachelle Boucher of Kitchens to Life cooks her favorite Chinese New Year dishes as two of the top experts in Indoor Air Quality bring a fresh perspective to traditional cooking and the vital role of ventilation in today's homes.

Brady Seals, Senior Associate in Rocky Mountain Institute's Building Electrification program, will share her insights on the health effects from gas stoves and how and why the topic of indoor air quality is so urgent right now. She will be joined by Alex Siow, director of Monark Premium Appliance in San Francisco and founder of Zephyr Ventilation, who will deep-dive into today's ventilation technology and options. Both Brady and Alex have worked in countries all over the world, and this global insight is a perfect pairing for the induction cooking and ventilation demonstration that Rachelle will be doing in the Electric Kitchen Workshop featuring the Elica NikkolaTesla Switch induction and ventilation cooktop and the Elica Haiku hood.

"Walk the Wok” in the Year of the Ox: An "Electric" Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebration

Welcome to the Connected Home by Square D

Webinar Welcome to the Connected Home by Square D

Thursday, February 4 | 2:00 PM Central
Gerard Font

In this webinar, Square D’s team will walk us through market trends including Smart Home and Distributed Energy Resources and how they are helping the construction industry reduce costs and help homebuyers be more efficient.

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Webinar Dive into the Smart Decathlon for Innovative Professionals

Tuesday, February 2 | 2:00 PM Central
Richard King & Melissa King

Join this webinar to learn more about a new competition that aims to spark innovation in the green building industry. Presenters will describe a virtual competition that leads to on-site sales events across the country. They will explain the ten SDiPro contests and share unique design ideas showcased in award-winning competitions, in order to jump-start your own creative thinking. The purpose of SDiPro is to generate pubic enthusiasm and increase sales of healthy sustainable homes that meet the needs of today’s homebuyers.
Join Melissa and Richard King to learn about:


• How to enter and participate in SDiPro
• Ways to get involved
• Benefits for participating teams

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Dive into the Smart Decathlon for Innovative Professionals

Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

Webinar Best Practices to Achieve Radon Resistant New Homes

Tuesday, January 26 | 1:00 PM Central
Brian Hanson & Bruce Snead

This webinar will review the key concerns and options for building new homes to achieve the lowest possible radon concentrations, including current codes and standards.


Learning Objectives:
• Understand what factors contribute to the radon concentration in homes
• Increase awareness of current RRNC codes and standards
• Review what works and what doesn’t to achieve low radon results in new construction
• Understand radon requirements in Indoor airPLUS

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Webinar COVID-Safe Ventilation and Airflow Strategies for Homes and Other Buildings

Tuesday, January 19 | 2:00 PM Central
Bill Warren

 

In October, the CDC acknowledged that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be spread by airborne transmission of lightweight aerosol particles that can remain suspended in the air over long distances (usually greater than 6 feet) and time (typically hours). In this online meeting, Bill Warren will discuss how we can use building science principles (including ventilation, airflow, air circulation, pressure balances and filtration) to reduce our exposure risk to COVID aerosols inside homes and other building types.

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COVID-Safe Ventilation and Airflow Strategies for Homes and Other Buildings

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