Build A Better House Series: Renovations, Presented by Maine Indoor Air Quality Control Council, March 2 - 3

  • 2 March 2021 To 3 March 2021
  • Event Host : Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
Build A Better House Series: Renovations
Event Description

About the Program:  This session focuses on practical short and long-term strategies to both maximize current and future energy efficiency and minimize IAQ problems when undertaking common residential renovations. The program covers identification of potential IAQ hazards in an existing home, understanding how specific renovation projects can impact indoor air quality, and strategies to both renovate a home for improved energy efficiency and AND reduce health risks for home occupants.  Covers: weatherization, basement improvements, roofs, windows/doors, bathrooms, kitchens, additions, and ventilation.  Case studies of actual projects will be used to illustrate training concepts.

Learning objectives for Renovations:

  1. Why pre-evaluation of the structure for chronic moisture, water stains, wood decay, lead paint, asbestos, and radon is so important
  2. The implications of excess moisture on the underside of roof sheathing
  3. Planned management of air flow, humidity and combustion safety
  4.  Safe lead paint and asbestos removal practices, and effective radon management
  5. Various means of providing make up air for an existing atmospherically vented combustion appliance
  6. The causes of ice dams and how to eliminate them
  7. Why an oil-like smell, cracks, and high water marks may be a concern in an existing basement
  8. Describe various approaches for deep energy retrofits and building resilience
  9. Determining when and why various types of energy retrofits make sense
  10. Considerations for special buildings (e.g. log homes, historic structures, and aging in place)

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
  • Agenda
    • 1:45 p.m. – online portal opens
      2:00 p.m. – Presentations by Bill Turner & David Johnston
      3:00 p.m. – Break
      3:15 p.m. – Presentations by Bill Turner & David Johnston
      4:15 p.m. – Break
      4:30 p.m. – Interactive Forums – Topics vary
      5:30 p.m. – Session end
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Bill Turner, of Turner Building Science, LLC, has 30+ years’ experience in dealing with fundamental Building Science, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality forensic principles. Bill has two renovated homes participating in the 1000 Home Challenge program, with a focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. He provides training both locally and nationally for a broad range of building and IAQ organizations.

      David Johnston is president of David Johnston & Co., has been building healthy, energy efficient homes in Maine for more than 35 years. David currently teaches building construction trade classes at Central Maine Community College, and has served as an adjunct instructor in Residential Design and Drafting and Graphic Design at the USM Department of Industrial Technology. David currently serves on the Advisory Committees for Southern Maine Community College, Central Maine Community College, and Westbrook Region Technology Center.
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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