Northern Options offers home builder training, by Sam Simonetta

Northern Options offers home builder training
Northern Options Energy Center along with the Upper Peninsula Builders Association is offering a free Michigan Home Builder training workshop. Northern Options is a nonprofit organization committed to community education in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The workshop is open to any homebuilder or subcontractor—anyone in the building trades. Commercial builders, Habitat for Humanity chapters, nonprofit housing corporations and high school vocational education teachers also are welcome.
This workshop will provide home builders with the practical information they need to build and market affordable and efficient homes. Information that will be presented includes how to best satisfy building energy codes, how to qualify for Energy Star designation (and incorporate Energy Star rated products), how to learn about Building America best practices, and how to qualify for new federal tax credits.
Attendees will better understand Michigan requirements and be empowered to build code-compliant, energy-efficient homes that meet federal tax credit standards.
The following specific topics will be covered: overview of the residential energy code; overview of Energy Star rated homes and Energy Star rated products; overview of the Building America program and best practices; an overview of federal tax credits; three examples of compliance with residential energy code; three examples of Energy Star qualified homes. Discussion of Energy Star products and the new requirement to include Energy Star products in homes; and three examples of homes that will qualify for the federal tax credits.
The case study homes include a rebuilt Lindal cedar home with shredded (blown-in) Fiberglass insulation, a Hiawatha log home with Iycnene insulation, and a conventionally constructed home insulated with wet blown cellulose built on an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation.
The workshop will be presented by Certified Home Energy rater Brad Mann of Comfort First Energy Consultants in Lansing. Comfort First Energy is a family-owned business that performs energy star qualifications, H.E.R.S. (Home Energy Rating System) testing and energy audits including blower door tests.
There will be two sessions of the program, both on March 21, from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the Upfront & Co. banquet room. The evening session is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
For details, call 226-1136.
Northern Options thanks Brian White of the Upper Peninsula Builders Association for his support in promoting this event and Upfront & Co. for the use of their banquet room. This Michigan Homebuilder Training Project is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy. These workshops are happening at six locations throughout Michigan.
—Sam Simonetta

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