Project Description

BT101 - The ABCs of Building Quality Concrete Floors & Driveways

4 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 Design

8 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.


BT103 - Best Practices in Affordable Green Building

8 hours

Consumers generally want to live in a more sustainable lifestyle and are often confused on how to do so. Create a road map to show how sustainability is directly relevant to their individual lives and how they can benefit when purchasing your green home. Designations: AB, AA, AR, ARS


BT104 - Advanced Design of Foundations

4 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 Walls

4 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. Attendeeds 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 Code

8 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 Ventilation

4 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 Materials

4 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 Quality

4 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 Awareness

2 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 Changes

2 hours

Participants will gain a working knowledge of the 2018 North Carolina Residential Energy Code Chapter 11 changes as required by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors to obtain continuing education credits for license renewal. Upon completion the participant will have fulfilled 2-hours of continuing education hours required by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors.


BT112 - The Sealed Attic

2 hours

Explore the key differences between vented and sealed attics. Use the current building code to outline the basic design differences and benefits of sealed attic.


BT201 - An Introduction to Green Building

4 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.


BT202 - Green Building Components

4 hours

This session takes you inside and outside the house to demonstrate techniques to ensure energy and resource efficiency, better water conservation, improved indoor air quality and environmentally sensitive site design. This session will analyze the house as a system and the results of building green and healthy, as well as, identify the components to a high performance home. This informative seminar provides cost effective construction techniques and sorts out the facts from fiction with regards to green building.


BT203 - Building Energy Codes: An Introduction

4 hours

This course provides a basic introduction to the varied and complex isuses associated with NC building energy codes and is designed to speak to a broad audience with an interest in building energy efficiency, including builders, remodelers, architects, engineers and designers. The focus of this class will be to build long-term understanding of the NC Energy Code requirements and lasting capabilities of the construction marketplace to meet or exceed all required Energy Code standards in building designs, approved plans and constructed buildings.


BT204 - Advanced Design of Floors

4 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 & Ceilings

4 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 Efficiency

8 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 System

4 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.


BT208 - Partner With the Land

4 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 Applications

4 hours

Renewable technologies are quickly being accepted in the market and homebuyer are becoming more educated on the need for renewable technologies. Designations: AB, AA, AR, ARS


BT210 - IAQ (Indoor Air Quality): The Key Ingredient to Whole Living

2 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 will leave this course with 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 crawl space did not function as expected.


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