Build A Better House - A Training Series for Building & Renovating a Healthy, Energy-Efficient Home

Date: 2/2/21 2:00 PM
Location: Live via Zoom from Maine

In Winter 2021, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is presenting its popular residential construction training series. These programs teach construction practices that optimize energy efficiency measures as well as minimize the risk of moisture and indoor air quality problems in new and existing homes. The trainings further emphasize this critical concept: high performance homes are not hard to construct, and the extra efficiency measures have a very reasonable payback – both for the builder and the homeowner.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions will be held on-line via MIAQC’s live streaming platform (Zoom). Attendees will be able to see and hear both presenters and each other, and engage in interactive dialog with the trainers throughout the program.
The workshops include illustrations of current Building and Energy Codes (2015); Energy Star Guidelines; Zero Energy Ready Guidelines; and Passiv-Haus Guidelines. They further provide an introduction to basic building science and IAQ principles, and incorporate humor to convey the core concepts. The program trainers William A. Turner and David Johnston, provide a perfect blend of building science technique with practical, pound-the-nails guidance.
Each workshop session provides information on:
Proven cost-effective and energy efficient building construction techniques
The physical processes that require attention: how air, moisture, and heat move in and out of a home
Practical strategies to effectively and economically address both energy efficiency and indoor air quality
Case studies from actual projects (participants are encouraged to bring issues to the sessions)
Specific references and resources, such as Codes and Standards; DOE’s Building America Solutions Center, EPA’s Energy Star with IAQ Plus Sites, Passive Haus; Net-Zero Ready Homes; Aging in Place; and private publications
Approved for 6 LU by AIA for each of the 4 programs.
Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, starting February 2 and ending March 2. (Skipping week of February 16) Mark your calendars. 2021 session will be held live, on-line, via our own Zoom portal.
February 2-3, 2021: Foundations
February 9-10, 2021: Building Shell
February 23-24, 2021: HVAC
March 2-3, 2021: Renovations
The following is the daily schedule throughout the program series:
1:45 p.m. – online portal opens
2:00 p.m. – Presentations by Bill Turner & David Johnston
3:00 p.m. – Break
3:15 p.m. – Presentations by Bill Turner & David Johnston
4:15 p.m. – Break
4:30 p.m. – Interactive Forums – Topics vary
5:30 p.m. – Session end
New for 2021! We have added 8 discussion forums at the end of each session to give participants an opportunity to explore topics in more detail with knowledgeable professionals. Whether you register for one topic or all four, you will have the ability to participate in ALL of the discussion forums.
Forum topics include:
The pending changes to Maine’s building code; A primer on ASHRAE 62.2-2016; sizing heat pumps; sizing ventilation systems and ERVs/HRVs; installing ventilation systems; radon mitigation; mold testing and understanding the lab report; basement renovations; mold remediation; and high performance tapes, wraps, and building products.
$99 per topic for Maine Indoor Air Quality Council Members
$119 per topic for nonmembers
Register for all 4 sessions and get a 15% registration discount PLUS a $45.00 coupon towards registration to the Council’s signature event:, the 2021 IAQ & Energy, scheduled for October 19-20, 2021. (details at

Contact: Christy Crocker
Email: christy@