Nationally recognized building scientist Steve Easley teaches this 2-hour training, which focuses not only on building code compliance, but provides information on the latest building-science technology for residential construction that could potentially result in 20-40% decreases in energy usage.

Homebuyers today are demanding more energy-efficient and greener homes. This workshop takes a practical approach to building high-performance homes and focuses on techniques for designing and building homes that are energy efficient, durable and comfortable. Easley draws from his 25 years experience in home building and has analyzed the most cost effective construction methods and building products that not only comply with the minimum requirements of the energy code, but will produce a home that exceeds these standards.

Multimedia Presentations

Introduction to Understanding Building Science and Better-built Homes in Texas
In this video, Steve Easley explores the fundamentals of building science, focusing on reducing callbacks and building high-performance homes that are energy efficient, comfortable and healthy to live in. Steve also discusses the cost of callbacks and how that affects a builder's profits, liabilities and brand.

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Fundamentals of Building Science and Home Performance
Steve explains the mechanisms of heat flow, and explores the moisture movement and cumulative effects on building cavities arising from heat flow. This segment graphically explains how homes react to humidity levels, positive and negative pressures, air infiltration/exfiltration and combustion appliance back drafting. The performance of water, air and vapor barriers are also explained.

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Best Practices for Installing Insulation
In this segment, Steve Easley explains how various insulation systems work, and the factors that impact their efficiency. Energy Star thermal by-pass check list requirements are examined, and Steve walks through the common mistakes made when installing insulation in walls. Thermographic images are used to explain how wind washing and poor insulation techniques dramatically reduce the performance of insulation.

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HVAC Installation and Performance
HVAC equipment and duct installation can have a big impact on performance. And proper sizing of heating and air conditioning equipment and duct work is also critical. In this segment, Steve explores real-world examples so viewers walk away with an understanding of the common problems, as well as best practice solutions, for HVAC installation and testing.

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Understanding High-Performance Window Technologies
This segment teaches the importance of window selection to reduce energy use in Texas homes. Steve discusses window technologies and how they work to reduce heat loss and heat gain. Graphic examples are used to understand what window coatings and technologies work best for Texas climates.

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Energy Efficient Lighting & Appliances
In this segment, Steve Easley explains the importance of lighting and appliances in reducing home energy use. Steve highlights cost-effective approaches to saving energy, including the installation of LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, which can reduce energy use by 30 to 50%.

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