Crossover Tracks & Sessions

These educational tracks and sessions are provided for Attendees that want to learn about core areas of the buildings industry such as the fundamentals of building science, how high performance mechanical systems work and business management best practices.  NCBPA, PHCC of NC and our Partners are coordinating these tracks and sessions together.  

Have a look at the tracks and select sessions being offered at the Conference!

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Hot and humid climates like those in the Southeast offer architects, builders and HVAC system designers increased challenges with managing humidity, ensuring comfort and ensuring energy efficiency. Learn how homes and buildings across the Southeast can be built or retrofitted with high performance HVAC systems that guarantee results for builders and consumers!


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Presented By: Amy Musser of Vandemusser Design, PLLC

ASHRAE’s Residential IAQ Guide, published in 2018, contains practical and actionable strategies directed at multiple audiences, including builders, designers, occupants, whether they rent or own, and managers of multifamily buildings. It does this while also providing a compendium of sound scientific information for professionals who specialize in IAQ, home energy, commissioning, and those who develop programs and standards intended to transform industry practices.

ASHRAE’s Environmental Health Committee initiated development of the Guide because it saw a particular need to penetrate the builder and designer marketplace. The Guide does this with accessible and cost-effective information and a focus on simple actions with high impact. Building a dwelling with good moisture control, a tight envelope, correctly sealed unoccupied spaces such as crawl spaces, free of significant indoor contaminants, and with the required ventilation, need not cost much more than one without these features. An appendix with ten case studies of real ventilation, heating and cooling systems compares how to install them, their suitability for various climates, use in existing and multifamily dwellings, how they work, and what can go wrong with each system.

Once a high IAQ dwelling is occupied, much depends on occupant activities and operation of systems including ventilation and exhaust. Notable features of the Guide include a checklist for homebuyers and potential renters when evaluating a prospective dwelling, instructions to correctly use kitchen and bath exhaust, improving air filtration, a comprehensive section on pest management, and correct use and potential misuse of low-cost sensors.

Consistent with the conference theme, the Guide covers the impact of thermal environmental conditions on contaminant release, on occupants and their perception of IEQ, and the interactions among IAQ and other factors.

Take your first step into the world of understanding how homes work and can be made to work better with Building Science Principles. Participants will learn the widely-used industry terminology and how various components of a home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understanding the relationships between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home will enable you to assist yourself and others. Learn how these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home and discover why improving the energy efficiency of the home should be the first step toward solar, geothermal, or other renewable energy improvements.

Presented By: Jesse Kinsley of JRS Building Science

The intent of this course is to discuss changes in enclosure design over time with a focus on air tightness and material options. The education provided is built on a foundation of building enclosure control layers and includes design detailing approaches.  A basic understanding of architectural design, common construction practices and materials is assumed, but will be reviewed to provide a common vocabulary.

HSW Justification:
This course is intended to help designers/builders create buildings with energy efficient building envelopes that help maintain healthy and comfortable interior conditions and air quality while reducing risk of water intrusion and related issues.

Learning Objective 1:
To understand the fundamental functions of a building enclosure as it pertains to the control of air, water, water vapor, and heat.

Learning Objective 2:
To understand how to apply these control layers to common challenges in building design/construction.

Learning Objective 3:
To understand the limits of common materials, as it pertains to the established control layers.

Learning Objective 4:
Understand the manufacturing process of some common materials, and how these impact the material performance, global warming impact, and use.

This one day workshop is an excellent learning opportunity for Realtors, Appraisers, Lenders and anyone else looking to better understand the basics of how building science works in homes.  Attendees learn the details of basic building concepts as they relate to home comfort, safety, and utility costs. The class will cover how energy is used and lost in a home, and how to relate that information to your daily job activities. These concepts include energy movement, health and safety, consumer awareness, and energy code compliance techniques. Attendees must take a written exam upon completion to receive a Building Science Certificate from The Building Performance Institute.

Interested in making your business better?  Attend sessions in this track to hear from company owners, operators and consultants on how to improve marketing, sales, operations, financials and other key aspects of any business in our industry.  


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Presented By: Dave Smith of HICAPS

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Presented By: Ken Allison of IDI Distributors

More information coming soon!

Presented By: Ken Allison of IDI Distributors

More information coming soon!

Nationally and across the Southeast a shortage of skilled labor is causing major problems for firms seeking to keep up with increases in construction activity.  To address these issues, state and local governments, nonprofits, educational institutions and private companies are investing in new and improved workforce development resources and initiatives to identify new workers and retain the ones they have.  Attend sessions in this track to learn about this national issue an obtain solutions that can help your company grow and retain its workforce.  

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