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High Performance Building Envelopes

Friday, December 6 2013, 9:00 AM – Saturday, December 7 2013 to 5:00 PM


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When: Dec. 6-7, 2013 from 09:00 AM to5:00 PM


Where: Earth Advantage -623 SW Oak St.,Portland,OR97205 


Contact Name: Ryan Harper


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Contact Phone:  503.968.7160 x25




The concepts behind high performance wall and roof construction are now within the reach of all designers, architects, builders, and remodelers.


This course explores various high performance wall and roof assemblies, including continuous exterior insulation, truss walls, double-stud walls, SIPS, staggered stud framing, I-joist, and more. Participants learn principles that can be applied to existing homes and new construction projects, including durable wall design, insulation strategies and air sealing, product selection, and construction. The course addresses the importance of performance testing and diagnostics to verify the performance of the home’s envelope. 


Featured on the first day is a guest speaker presentation and the second day includes a site visit to a certified green home.


Learning Objectives

·                                 Describe high performance building methods for insulation, air sealing, and weatherization


·                                 Select appropriate design features and assemblies according to project objectives


·                                 List methods for building high performance roofs for both new and existing homes


·                                 Identify when and by whom these methods are used during the pre-insulation, post-drywall, and siding installation phases of construction


·                                 Explain the importance of performance testing and diagnostics to verify the performance of installed equipment and the home’s envelope


Want to learn more? This High Performance Building Envelopes course actually forms Module 3 of our interactive 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accreditation course.






Our expert instructor, Stephen Aiguier (President & Founder of Green Hammer, Certified Passive House Consultant), has innovated and implemented cutting edge high performance building practices to advance the national standards of green building. In 2011, he was named one of Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”, and as one of Sustainable Business Oregon’s Top 10 Sustainable Built Environment Leaders to Watch in 2012.


CCB: 2 core hours (codes) and 12 elective hours

AIA: 14 learning units LU/HSW - Sustainable Design (SD) now falls under the LU/HSW credit designation

BPI: 7 continuing education units






"The class was fabulous. Stephen absolutely cleared my thinking about moisture control, particularly vapor in walls. I feel encouraged and ready to move forward in the direction of passive house in all projects where I can apply these techniques."




— Joseph Engum, Builder/Remodeler  | HousecraftBuilding& Renovation








Ryan Harper LaPoma,  SHP


Education Specialist






T 503.968.7160 x25




Earth Advantage // Better Buildings Now  /portland, or




+ Master techniques for building high-performance homes as an accredited Sustainable Homes Professional.

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