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April 27, 2020 - June 30, 2021

New Online Training: Top 10 Best Practices for Today’s Homebuilder

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Join BetterBuiltNW for three 1-hour modules of online training and learn the latest and greatest techniques being used today to build energy efficient homes.

Gain info that every builder must know to keep pace with building code changes and ahead of homebuyer expectations—and earn 3 CEs while you’re at it!

This training will cover our Top 10 "Good, Better & Best" approaches to quality home construction and will share practical insights from the job site. The topics presented will help you stay on top of your game and increase the energy efficiency, comfort and durability of the homes you’re building:

  • Poor performing home scenarios
  • Housing market trends & code trajectory
  • Third party verification benefits
  • Building science basics
  • Top 10 elements of a high performance home: Design, Super air sealing, High-R walls, High-R ceilings, Windows, Ducts & distribution, Fresh air ventilation, Appliances & lighting, Mechanical systems, Solar PV
  • Local raters & utility/certification programs

Preview the complete list of Top 10 Good, Better, Best approaches >>


Attendees will learn about:

  • Common barriers to energy-efficient home construction
  • Building science fundamentals & moisture management
  • Ways to improve envelope design & performance
  • Advanced mechanical systems, lighting, & appliances
  • Home certification programs & energy-efficiency utility incentives


To access the online training, follow these steps:

  1. Click “Register Today” to be directed to the BetterBuiltNW online training platform.
  2. On the platform page, click ‘New User? Register’ to create a new account (if you already have an account, you can sign in without registering).
  3. Once logged in, click ‘Top 10 Best Practices for Today’s Homebuilder’.


Online training
Available as one 3-hour training or three individual 1-hour modules:

  • Module 1 - Housing Market Trends & Building Science
  • Module 2 - High Performance Walls & Design
  • Module 3 - Mechanical Systems & Energy Efficiency Programs

On-demand training format consists of a series of 3-5 minute videos divided into sections. Users can start or stop their viewing at their own pace and easily resume the course at another time. Short quiz questions and activities will help you incorporate content covered in the videos.

Watch the sample training videos on Fresh Air Ventilation and Superior Air Sealing below.

Fresh Air Ventilation

Superior Air Sealing Sample Training Video

A sample video from the online training course: The Top 10 Best Practices for Today's Homebuilder


  • AIA: 1 LU/HSW per module; 3 LU/HSW total
  • OR CCB: 1 CE per module; 3 CEs total
  • BPI: 0.5 units per module; 1.5 units total
  • ICC: 0.1 CEs per module; 0.3 CEs total

No cost (Regularly $29 per module; $75 for the entire series)

This training is brought to you by BetterBuiltNW


Building industry professionals (builders, raters/verifiers, architects, subcontractors, utility representatives, and code officials)

INSTRUCTOR: John Spillman

John is a Trainer and Senior Technical Consultant with Earth Advantage. He teaches classes to Energy Auditors, Builders, Architects/Designers, Real Estate Professionals and Building Code officials. John has been promoting sustainable building and energy efficiency in both new and existing residential construction with Earth Advantage since 2009. John’s construction background is in residential remodeling. He is a LEED for Homes Quality Assurance Designee and Green Rater. John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Davis.


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