Advanced High-Performance Building: Best Practices for Climate Zones

Contact: NAHB Learning Helpline
(800) 368-5242 ext. 8154

A thorough understanding of building science and the climate zone(s) where a home is built can lead to a safer and healthier home. When it comes to high performance home design and construction, the principles of building science remain constant, while their application is determined by a project’s location. This course explains building science principles and demonstrates how to cost-effectively apply them to home building practices and construction techniques to increase the efficiency, comfort and durability of a home in each climate zone.

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Examine how building envelopes can be optimized for each climate zone to maximize home performance in remodeling projects.
  • Review the benefits of systems based design and construction and how to properly implement these practices in a building project.
  • Apply building science principles to building projects to maximize home performance and comfort.
  • Identify the best climate zone-specific building practices based on building science and systems based design principles.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is intended for builders, remodelers, developers, architects, designers, construction trades, and associated industry professionals that are seeking cost effective, high performance building practices applicable to their climate zone. Building science principles are universal but their application can vary dependent on the individual climate zone and local characteristics.

NAHB Designations and Continuing Education Credits

NAHB Education is granting current candidates who started the program prior to Dec. 31, 2022, time to complete the requirements to earn your designation. Cases will be handled on an individual basis. Please email to set up a review of your designation status.

This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CSP and MIRM.

Additional Credit Information

6 AIA/CES LU: NAHB is a Registered Provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned on completion of this course will be reported to CES Records for AIA members by NAHB. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.

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