January 1 - December 31, 2021

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

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Join BetterBuiltNW for this 3-hour self-paced 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 covers our Top 10 "Good, Better & Best" approaches to quality home construction and shares 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 approaches to high performance homes: 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, scroll down to ‘Courses You Might be Interested In’ and select ‘Top 10 Best Practices for Today’s Homebuilder’. Note there are four different versions available, one each for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.


Online training

This 3-hour, self-paced online 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 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: 3 LU/HSW
  • OR CCB: 3 CEs
  • BPI: 1.5 units
  • ICC: 0.3 CEs

No cost (Regularly $75)

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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