BT101 - The ABCs of Building Quality Concrete Floors & Driveways4 hours
During this course you will discuss how to build quality concrete slabs and driveways, including repair methodologies. As this is one of the most costly problems experienced in residential construction, this is a great opportunity to learn about the details.
BT102 - Basic Engineering Design8 hours
You will have the opportunity to identify basic engineering principles and practices incorporated in residential dwelling design and construction. This course offers students a working knowledge of engineering methodology involved in the performance of structural components of residential construction. Students will gain an understanding of engineered design relative to code compliance.
BT104 - Advanced Design of Foundations4 hours
This course covers the foundation design requirements found in the current North Carolina Residential Building Code. Footing, foundation wall and retaining wall loading and design requirements and load calculating procedures are discussed. Attendees will have an opportunity to work through a simple house plan to determine the location and size of the footings and foundation walls required by code.
BT105 - Advanced Design of Walls4 hours
This course covers wall design requirements found in the current North Carolina Residential Building Code. Wall loading requirements and load calculating procedures to meet code are reviewed to include instruction on wood stud, header, lintel, and masonry wall design, bracing and support. Pertinent portions of Chapter 45 for high wind regions (coastal and higher mountain elevations) will be included. Attendees will have an opportunity to work through a simple house plan to determine the location and size of the studs and headers required. Wall Bracing will be only briefly covered in this course.
BT106 - Wall Bracing Requirments of the Residential Code8 hours
This course covers the changes to the wall bracing requirements in the 2012 North Carolina Residential Building Code. This is a "hands on," "how to" course that includes code discussion and class exercises designed to give attendees the necessary knowledge and understanding to perform the manual calculations required to determine bracing requirements. It is highly recommended that attendees bring their code books for reference and a flash drive if they desire a copy of the spreadsheets that will be made available.
BT107 - Envelope, Comfort Control and Ventilation4 hours
The building envelope has become a superhighway of possibility. From whole systems to multiple component assemblies the options are endless. While the choices are as plentiful as ever the key role of the envelope has never changed. It serves as structure, water defense, air defense, vapor defense, thermal protection and decoration. Furthermore, its ability to control the lived-in environment greatly influences comfort and indoor air. This session will explore a variety of envelope options and look for value and performance in these options as well as share best practices for managing interior comfort and indoor air quality.
BT108 - Resource Efficiency and Materials4 hours
Build confidence in your product by learning the best practices for water management and resource efficiency. Maintaining a clean and dry building assembly ensures not only job-site appearance but longevity of the building structure as well.
BT109 - Comfort and Indoor Air Quality4 hours
Selling comfort is a difficult proposition and requires knowledge of building science principles and how they interact with current applications to combat the elements of discomfort.
Designations: AB, AA, AR, ARS
BT110 - Asbestos and Lead Awareness2 hours
Renovation, repair and demolition activities can create hazardous dust and chips by disturbing asbestos or lead-based paint if present in an existing building or structure. Every occupational exposure to asbestos or lead based paint contributes to the risk of getting asbestos or lead-related diseases in addition to exposing building occupants to those risks.
This awareness training program helps make contractors aware of the hazards associated with these types of materials and how to best protect themselves, their employees and building occupants.
BT111 - NC Residential Energy Code Chapter 11 Changes2 hours
Participants will gain a working knowledge of the 2018 North Carolina Residential Energy Code Chapter 11 changes. The session will cover the changes in the printed volume of the Residential Code Chapter 11 as well as changes to the Energy code provisions adopted by the NC Building Code Council.
BT112 - The Sealed Attic2 hours
In this course a student will learn the basic principles behind a sealed attic. The student will be able to competently answer questions about the key differences between a sealed attic and a vented attic. They will also use the current building code to outline the basic design differences and benefits of sealed attic.
BT113 - Foundation Waterproofing Methodology 2 hours
It only takes living in a home with a leaky foundation to understand the importance of waterproofing. From structural and personal contents damage, to mold and mildew infiltration, water can turn from being your biggest asset, to your biggest liability, in a flash. This course is designed to explore the difference between damp proofing and waterproofing, the different types of waterproofing systems, how the applications are applied, and what might be the most appropriate application for your project.
BT201 - An Introduction to Green Building4 hours
Designed to help NCHBA members interested in "going green." This course will provide an overview of the NAHB Green Building Guidelines and the National Green Building Standard. Learn how site development, energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality are increasingly incorporated into the everyday process of green home building. The NAHB web-based green home scoring tool that allows builders to design, build and measure green features will be demonstrated.
BT204 - Advanced Design of Floors4 hours
This course covers the floor design requirements found in the current North Carolina Residential Building Code. Floor joists and girder/beam design, support, bracing, drilling and notching are thoroughly discussed. Loading requirements and load calculating procedures to meet code are reviewed. Wood floor trusses and the NC Residential Code Appendix M for Wood Decks will also be discussed. Attendees will have an opportunity to work through a simple house plan to determine the location and size of the floor joists and girders required.
BT205 - Advanced Design of Roofs & Ceilings4 hours
This course covers roof and ceiling design requirements found in the current North Carolina Residential Building Code. Roof/ceiling code loading requirements and load calculating procedures with specific instructions on the design, bracking and support for rafters, ceiling joists, and girders/beams will be discussed. Wood roof trusses will also be thoroughly reviewed. Attendees will have an opportunity to work through a simple house plan to determine the location and size of the rafters and ceiling joists and girders required.
BT206 - Building Efficiency8 hours
Building efficiency is an umbrella concept that encompasses practices such as building envelope, appliances and lighting, water efficiency and user habits. In this course, the house as a system approach will be introduced and weighed against current building codes and homebuyer expectations. Students will learn about opportunities to improve the efficiency of a project from the ground up. Attendees will be presented with each of the major building efficiency components separately then learn how each of them interact with one another.
BT207 - Choosing the Best HVAC System4 hours
There is nothing more frustrating to a builder than selecting the best HVAC contractor. The entire topic is fraught with confusion, claims, and controversy cloaked in incoherent jargon. Selecting the best HVAC system can be a simple and reasoned process. This course shows the builder “how to” navigate through the maze. The curriculum provides an overview of the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) professional design process. Required by the NC Building Code.
BT208 - Partner With the Land4 hours
The purpose of this course is to give a thorough overview of considerations that should be made in order to thoughtfully develop land for residential purposes. We will discuss considerations for cost and value based upon regional constraints and desired outcomes. The class will also learn how to avoid costly mistakes and develop Site Plans to better maximize space utilization.
BT209 - Renewable Technology for Construction Applications4 hours
The purpose of this course is to give a thorough overview of renewable technologies in residential construction to better be able to sell to your customers. Students taking this course will walk away with a good understanding of the history, the benefits and challenges of using renewables, practical applications, and the use of tax credits. We will examine the Energy Raters role, how to monitor energy usage, and how to leverage the cost of these technologies with Energy Mortgages and Addendums.
BT210 - IAQ (Indoor Air Quality): The Key Ingredient to Whole Living2 hours
Green building is not a new concept to most of us, after all, it has been around since the beginning of time. However, as our new homes envelopes have gotten tighter, we are in danger of poisoning the inhabitants with toxins and poor IAQ. In today’s class, we are going:
•To introduce you to the concept of Whole Living
•To recognize the dangers that selections and furnishings can present to the home
•To explore and identify the pollutants that contribute to poor indoor air quality during the construction process
•To identify construction practices that reduce particulates and increase IAQ
•To present real solutions to furnishing a new home
BT211 - Will You Allow Water Damage to Sink Your Homebuilding Career? 2 hours
When it comes to water damage, time does not heal all wounds. The destruction that will inevitably take place as
time passes causes considerably more damage to a home than you can ever imagine. Learn the unfortunate side
effects of water damage beginning with unintentional neglect to the construction process. Learn how to avoid
expensive and unnecessary litigation and remediation. Water damage escalates to mold and microbial growth
issues in just a few days, which can compromise the health of the inhabitants, including pets! Don't let these
damaging wounds sink your career - learn how to remediate existing water concerns and build better in the future
to ensure dry, safe, healthy homeowners.
BT212 - Sealed Crawlspaces 2 hours
Students in this course will achieve a working understanding of how a sealed crawl space differs from a vented crawl space. They will be able to layout a construction sequencing based upon best practices for installation. Students will be able to answer questions, both technical and basic, on the advantage of a sealed crawl space and as to why a sealed crawlspace did not function as expected.
BT213 - Building Better Foundations 2 hours
The Building Better Foundations course is designed to challenge participants to build better foundations by several means; by understanding foundation basics, understanding building code specifics and options, better understanding load transfer from structural members that foundations support, the introduction of the definition of Presumptive soil values, as well as, tools and resources for soil testing prior to construction.