TH01 - RI CRLB 5 Hour High Performance Building Workshop

Thursday, March 28 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM « Back

Workshop Agenda
7:30-9:30 – Advanced Framing
9:35-11:35 – Blower Door and Air Leakage Testing 
11:40-12:30 – Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations 

Advanced Framing: Less Material, Less Labor Result in a Superior Performing Wall System (2 hours) 
Advanced wall framing practices and details were developed by NAHB and HUD in the early 70's to reduce material and labor costs without reducing wall strength.
Now Advanced Framing techniques embrace floor, wall and roof framing practices, and are promoted to improve energy efficiency.

Learn how the overall principles of Advanced Framing boil down to simple field-applied details that are easy to incorporate and code compliant.

Course Content Outline:
 • Advanced Framing Purposes / Advantages
 • Floor Framing Details
     o Joist sizing / spans
     o Rim joist details
     o Building Codes -  Floor Framing
 • Wall Framing Details
     o Stack-faming layout
     o Single top plates and plate joints
     o Wall partition backers and corner details
     o Rough opening framing and right-sized headers
     o Window and Door header options
     o Building Codes - Wall Framing
 • Rafter / Ceiling framing details
     o Truss heel design
     o Roof Framing Details
     o Roof Truss Tail options
     o Rafter Tail options
     o Cape roof framing / insulating
     o Building Codes - Roof Framing

Blower Door and Air Leakage Testing (2 hours)
The International Residential Code requires all new homes be tested for air leakage (blower door test).  Learn when the test can be done, how it's done, how to prepare for it, and what the test result means.  See where your time is best spent air sealing a house during construction; and the best sealing approach for each location.

Course Content Outline:
  • Code requirement for testing
  • Blower Door Test process & simulation
  • House preparation for Blower Door Test
  • Air Changes / Hour – how to calculate
  • Air Leakage Test Report for Code Officials
  • Air Sealing Strategies & Practices
  • Code-Required Air Sealing Checklist
  • Combustion Appliance Issues in a tight house
  • Duct Leakage Testing Code Requirement
  • Above-Code Programs and Code Compliance

Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations (1 hour)
Frost-protected shallow foundations (FPSFs) are a code-permitted way to design and build foundations that are only 12 in.  to 16 in. below grade.  FPSFs are more cost-effective than conventional frost-depth foundations, and can be used on challenging or high water-table lots where regular foundations aren't practical.  They can also be used for walk-out finished basements.
Examine the background and thermal principles behind FPSFs to allay concerns about using them.  Learn how to design and install a FPSF using the building code.  Find out what resources are available to help in the design and installation processes. 

Course Content Outline:
  • Overview of FPSFs
     o General design of FPSFs
     o Benefits of FPSFs
     o Thermal Principles of FPSFs
     o History of FPSFs
     o Cold-Climate Use of FPSFs
  • Examples of FPSFs - Forming, Insulating and Pouring
     o Case Study 1 - Simple frost protected foundation
     o Case Study 2 - FPSF walkout basement (2 sides) with full conventional foundation walls (2 sides)
  • RI One and Two Family (SBC-2) 2013
     o R403.3
     o Amended version of 2012 IRC
  • 2012, 2015, 2018 IRC
     o No story or height limitation
     o Can connect to unheated structures
     o Attachment to adjoining foundations

Credits: 5.0 hours RI CRLB

Education Tracks: Building Performance Strategies, RI CRLB Workshop

Event Type: Conference Workshop > Session