Building an Airtight House Workshop

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Wed, June 5, 2013
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Home Builders Assoc of Western MA
240 Cadwell Dr - Springfield


Do you know how to design, plan, and build for air tightness?


Building codes are requiring new homes to meet tighter and tighter standards, and the requirements are only going to get tougher. If you prevent air leaks while building rather than trying to fix them later, you can save time and money and build better houses.  This one-day workshop will teach you how to identify potential air leakage problem areas and manage the construction process to assure your building meets code or program requirements for air tightness.


Topics will include:

  • An overview of the latest (and pending) requirements for building air tightness
  • How to define your building’s air barriers and thermal barriers
  • Typical structural elements and transition points that are likely to leak air and best practices for avoiding leakage
  • The measures and levels of air sealing that are reasonable and cost-effective for health, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency
  • Common penetrations through the building envelope and how to minimize and seal them
  • Common seams in a building shell and how to minimize and seal them
  • How to address building air tightness throughout each stage of the construction process
  • Mechanical ventilation requirements
  • Combustion safety concerns

Price: $195 (includes lunch and handouts)


This course has been approved for the following hours of continuing education:

  • 5.5 hours for Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s License (CSL)
  • 3 hours for Building Performance Institute (BPI)
  • 5.5 hours for American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • 4.5 hours for Building Code Officials


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