25 August, 2021

Online Training: High Performance Home Site Visits



Access these and other free on-demand courses on the BetterBuiltNW online training portal by logging into your existing account or creating a new account below:

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Join BetterBuiltNW & Earth Advantage for in-field, behind-the-walls virtual site tours with industry leaders showcasing their high-performance building projects.

Experience 1.5-hour online guided tours of up to three under-construction homes that have achieved a variety of third-party certifications and performance levels. Hear from the builders themselves, their project teams, energy raters, and our instructors as they explore the design details and construction practices that go into these homes and learn how they communicate features and benefits to homebuyers.

Normally an in-person on-site tour, we've adapted these trainings to online video format. Participants are invited to attend one or more of three site visit trainings, all presented via pre-recorded video tours that take place at these project sites:

ENERGY STAR Single-Family Affordable Housing Townhome

Builder: NeighborWorks Boise
Trainer: Bruce Sullivan, Base Zero LLC
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ZERO ENERGY READY Single-Family Spec Home

Builder: Noyes Development
Trainer: Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer Design Build
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ZERO ENERGY Custom-Built Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Builder: Birdsmouth Design-Build
Trainer: Josh Salinger, Birdsmouth Design-Build
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Read more about each of these projects and preview teaser videos here.

Participants will learn design principles and construction practices that can be integrated into their building process. These trainings provide helpful info that every builder must know to keep pace with the building code trajectory, stay ahead of homebuyer expectations, and increase the energy efficiency, comfort and durability of the homes they’re building.

Note: This online training series is one of the many components of the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) online training and accreditation program designed for the NW region. Join the SHP training and gain over 15+ hours of cutting edge design and building best practices that are critical to success in today's housing market.


Attendees will:

  • See behind-the-walls high performance building features included in green certified and/or energy efficient homes
  • Learn practical design/build implementation tips from the professionals who contributed to the construction process (designers, builders, raters, and/or HVAC subcontractors)
  • Translate energy efficiency into health/comfort/savings/durability benefits that will resonate with different homebuyers/occupants


Online courses available on-demand
Three trainings available; 1.5-hours each

On-demand training format consists of a series of 5-10 minute videos divided into sections. Users can start or stop their viewing at their own pace and easily resume the course at another time.


  • AIA LU/HSW: 1.5 CEs per training; 4.5 CEs total
  • OR CCB: 1.5 CEs per training; 4.5 CEs total
  • BPI: 0.75 CEs per training; 2.25 CEs total
  • ICC: 0.15 CEs per training; 0.45 CEs total
  • OCHI: 1.5 CEs per training; 4.5 CEs total
  • OREA: 1.5 CEs per training; 4.5 CEs total


No cost (Regularly $29 each)

This training made possible thanks to BetterBuiltNW


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


Stephen Aiguier: Stephen founded Green Hammer in 2002, evolving the business into a full service design-build firm committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. An SHP, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and building science expert, he has been a pioneer of Oregon’s green building movement and has been involved with many of the nation's highest scoring LEED Platinum Homes and first residential and commercial Passive House buildings in the Pacific NW. Stephen has been invited to speak at every major green building conference across the country and he has taught the SHP course annually since 2010.

Bruce Sullivan: Bruce operates Base Zero LLC to promote greater sustainability in residential construction through training, consulting and contractor services. He has been involved in energy efficient construction since 1983 and has been a primary training developer/instructor for Earth Advantage, Energy Trust of Oregon, BetterBuiltNW and EEBA. Bruce first taught the SHP program in 2008, and has since delivered it over a dozen times across Oregon. In 2006, Bruce built his personal home that earned the NAHB EnergyValue Housing and Green Building Awards. In 2015, Bruce completed construction on a new zero energy home.

Josh Salinger: Josh is Founder and CEO of Birdsmouth Design-Build located in Portland OR. In 2007, he started Birdsmouth with the goal of designing and building beautiful, high performing buildings that transform and improve the built environment. Josh sits on the board of Passive House NW and is an Earth Advantage SHP, EEBA Zero Energy Professional, and a PHIUS Certified Builder. Birdsmouth has recently earned Earth Advantage awards for Zero Energy Builder of the Year (2018), Lowest EPS of the Year (2018) & Custom Builder of the Year (2020).

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