PGE - Insulation Options for New and Existing Homes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Also Offered May 04 (Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm) Santa Rosa--Builders Exchange
Description Good building enclosures require a continuous air barrier in contact with continuous insulation, but achieving this requires an understanding of how to properly select, integrate, and install insulation and air barrier materials. This class identifies and explains the various types and properties of insulation, and how to determine appropriate options for any particular application. Topics include rigid & spray foam, vapor permeability, material & installation specifications, fire resistance & code requirements, safety & indoor air quality, and environmental impacts.
Audience Level This class will be most useful to those who are familiar with basic building science principles and have some experience with residential insulation.
Introductions and Safety Announcements
Building science principles, optimizing thermal boundaries
Insulation types: fiberglass batt & blown, cellulose blown & dense pack; 1-part spray foam, open & closed cell 2-part spray foam, rigid foam
Environmental impacts of foam insulation
Safety & indoor air quality issues (during & after installation)
Avoiding common insulation related building failures
Fire resistance & code issues
How different types of insulation retard heat flow
Permeability, moisture vapor transfer and condensation
New approaches to insulating attics, including non-vented attics
Air sealing & air barriers
RESNET's insulation installation grades 1, 2, and 3
Title 24 and Quality Insulation Installation
New fiberglass technologies
How to air seal & re-insulate already insulated walls
New approaches to adding exterior exsulation, e.g., semi-sips and drainable EIFS
Wrap-up, Q&A, Post-course evaluation
Instructor(s) Steve Easley
Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs.

Steve has hosted hundreds of best practice building science videos, including the California Energy Commission's Energy Code Online Training, which can be viewed at He has also co-hosted hundreds of television and radio programs, including over 100 shows on the Discovery Channel's Your New House.

Steve is a spokes person for the Green Building Initiative, member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and an advisor to the National Association of Home Builders Quality in Housing Council. He was a tenured Professor of Building Construction and Contracting at Purdue University for 10 years. He is nationally known speaker on the subject of cost effective, practical approaches to quality assurance, and high performance buildings. His goal and mission is helping building professionals achieve structures that are durable, energy efficient, healthy, and comfortable to live and work in.

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Cost No fee for this program
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