Midwest consumers want high-performance homes. They see the benefits: healthy, quiet, durable, daylit homes. Lower utility bills. Better for the environment. During this course, five Passive House professionals from the design and construction fields share the design and building details that make those benefits possible. We'll share architectural details, construction photos, and field testing footage to put you in charge of the details of high-performance design and construction.
Position yourself as a market leader. The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference provides one central hub where builders, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and the industry can find the latest tips, trends, and technologies to put you above your competition. The conference is powered by two strong partners: Slipstream and the Wisconsin Builders Foundation. Slipstream brings nationally-recognized expertise in quality construction, energy efficiency and building science for health while the WBF brings Wisconsin's most successful home builders and leading suppliers. You will have the opportunity to connect with top experts in your industry and get continuing education credits while you’re at it.
Below you'll find a selection of Slipstream's residential trainings housed in our new Learning Management System, Coassemble. You'll need to create a free account to get access to these trainings. After completing the registration form, check your email for your invitation to Coassemble. You only need to register once! After you're in, you can browse the courses alphabetically or search by title. You can also return to this page and click on the courses below to be taken directly to the course after logging in.
If you need continuing education credits for these webinars, you will need to pass a quiz with a score of 80% or greater. Once you complete all modules and pass the quiz, a course completion certificate will be available within the LMS (you can download these anytime by clicking on the certificate icon next to your initials). If you need credits submitted on your behalf, contact email@example.com. All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quiz as soon as possible.
In this session, we will be discussing aerosol sealants for sealing new and existing homes and apartments. Results with this technology can reduce home leakage by 70-80%. Experts Dave Bohac, Center for Energy and Environment, and Mike Lyon, AeroBarrier lead this discussion.
Join us for an engaging discussion on how to maximize system efficiency of boiler systems, including strategies for more effective assessments and inspections. By learning what it takes to ensure proper assessment and installation, we can meet specifications while improving customer satisfaction and comfort.
In this session, hydronics expert John Siegenthaler describes the breadth of currently available air-to-water heat pumps, including their performance characteristics. He then shows how to combine these heat pumps in both new and retrofit situations, sharing practical do’s and don’ts as well as several templates that can serve as starting points for optimal system design.
Jon Golz, of Enercept, lays out what you need to know about offsite construction, including why the stigma around “factory-built” structures is a thing of the past. Thanks to advances such as Structural Insulated Panels (or “SIPs”), offsite construction can address many challenges modern builders face, such as ever-more-stringent codes, the increasing demand for high-performance buildings, and a competitive pricing landscape. This session covers ways in which panelized and modular practices fit in with current market conditions, showing builders how offsite construction can be fast, affordable, and—best of all—extremely energy efficient.
Energy efficiency begins at home, but true grid reliability and resilience takes a village. In this technical session, presenters from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) cover three ways in which communities can work together to provide more resilient, reliable homes through smart controls and advances in energy management.
Air sealing makes a big impact on a home’s durability and comfort. Why should you inspect for UDC air sealing requirements or know if your approach to air sealing delivers high quality? In this webinar, you’ll become thoroughly familiar with the UDC single family air sealing requirements. Proper air sealing and insulation work together to deliver energy efficiency. Get a close look at the UDC’s air sealing techniques so that you know you’re building to high standards. Learn the “why” behind the code requirement and as well as what materials to use, where to use them, and how to install them to meet the code requirements.
Heart of a Building, an exciting new technical documentary series, shares the stories and the tactics of the people who design, finance, and construct the buildings of tomorrow, today. In this first video in the series, we’ll share energy efficient building envelope systems, R-values, U-values, types of heat transfer, insulation, and ground source heat pump systems. You’ll see how each of these separate components work together as the building operates as a system. We’ll share three exemplary buildings in the real world to show how these concepts work in practice.
The subject of indoor air quality (IAQ) gets a lot of press these days and it's often assumed that just because a home is new that the installed mechanical ventilation systems can contribute to better IAQ. The most common types of ventilation systems include whole-house, bathroom spot, and kitchen spot. Of these three systems, it is Joe’s belief that the bathroom spot fans are probably used most frequently and are the most important, yet why do so many test poorly? This session will highlight several case studies clearly demonstrating the importance of good products combined with good installation practices.
Last year, we demonstrated the Wingnut Roof Vent Testing on a small demonstration rig. Although the two-by-four easel rig revealed quite a bit about cathedral roof venting, it brought up the question of how it compares to real roofs. This session will show you how the demo rig has been improved. You will witness a theatrical fogger demo that will reveal what happens on real roofs for vented cathedral roof assemblies. You will understand how roof slope, depth of vent chute, orientation, and type of ridge vent all affect if and how much air is actually venting.