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Construction Business Basics (12 weeks)

Online Webinar
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Sessions will be held weekly via Zoom, every Tuesday from February 6th through April 23rd from 3:00-5:00 pm

Join HELM Construction Solutions as we kick off 2024 with Construction Business Basics.

This 12-week online course covers all the essentials of running your own construction business. With our focus on the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Prosperity), the consulting team at HELM is ready to help you assess where your company is today, create a vision for the future, and take action to make your business more efficient, productive, and profitable. Construction Business Basics is designed for small business owners and members of your management team who are looking for a solid grounding in the basics of running a successful construction business. We developed the Basics as an introduction to the most frequently asked questions we get from our consulting clients, in a format that allows us to share the knowledge and resources we’ve gained over the years with multiple companies simultaneously.

  • We ask that all participants plan to join the Zoom session 5 minutes before the scheduled start time so we can begin promptly.
  • Each session will be 2 hours long, with a combination of presentation, small group discussion, and Q&A.
  • Each weekly Zoom session is paired with a homework assignment to help you apply what you are learning to your own business and develop your vision and action plan.
  • Each homework assignment will take roughly one and a half hours to complete.

At the end of the 12-week Basics series you will have: A 5-year vision for your business, with goals and actions to get you started A 2024 operating budget template to calculate the target gross profit margin for your business Access to the HELM Resource Library, with articles specifically curated for construction business owners and templates to help you manage your business activities and improve your performance Recordings and presentation materials from the Basics sessions for future reference A personalized one-on-one session with one of HELM’s business consultants.

Presenters: Tia Garcia, Kate Stephenson, Paul Eldrenkamp & Jeanette Millard

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Basics of High Performance Building (2 Part Training)

River Valley Technical Center, 307 South St, Springfield, VT 05156
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2 Part Course: 3/4/24 & 3/11/24

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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SIGA Airtightness Workshop

SIGA High-Performance Construction Academy, 23 S Broadway #4B Salem, NH 03079
Free

In residential and commercial buildings, a well-designed and executed, high-performance, continuously sealed envelope contributes to low energy consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. It increases occupant comfort and the building’s long-term durability. The airtightness workshop is a fresh look at the features of resilient and efficient envelope design that examines the key layers that comprise the fabric of the building, and how a well-planned weather, air, and vapor sealing strategy avoids risk and saves money. Strategies in High-Performance Building Envelopes Participants will be engaged in a discussion and a hands-on envelope detailing workshop.

During this 4-hour, interactive course participants will learn:

  • Building science fundamentals and the environmental impacts that affect building performance taught by SIGA
  • Building envelope key components & terms
  • The importance of a continuous weather & airtightness layer(s)
  • Strategies to avoid risk from design to implementation
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Basics of High Performance Building (2 Part Training)

Hartford Area Career & Technology Center, 1 Gifford Rd White River Junction, VT 05001
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2 Part Course: 3/6/24 & 3/13/24

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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HVAC Installation – Fast Evacuation

Online Webinar
Free

In this training Mike Konrad from Appion Tools will show how to ensure a quality HVAC installation with effective and fast evacuation of the refrigerant circuit. With a focus on tools, equipment and configuring for speed, Mike will show how the right configuration and procedures can cut the time spent preparing the system for refrigerant while also ensuring a clean, dry and tight system that supports long-lasting, efficient performance.

Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to explain the benefits of a quality evacuation.
  2. Be able to distinguish between a leak and residual moisture in vacuum conditions.
  3. Identify the critical tools and procedures that contribute to a fast evacuation.
  4. Configure an evacuation rig for fast, effective evacuation.
  5. Have confidence in the readiness for refrigerant to be introduced into a system.
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OSHA 10-HOUR FOR CONSTRUCTION

In-person; South Burlington City Hall 180 Market St. So. Burlington 05403
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If you work in construction, you need to know how to identify and remedy common job-site safety hazards, select appropriate protective measures, and determine methods to correct unsafe working conditions. ASC’s 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training focuses on best practices for identifying and protecting workers against the Fatal Four: Fall Protection, Struck-By, Caught-In or Between and Electrocution.

This course covers how to prevent slipping, tripping, getting struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught in between objects or machinery. Whether entry-level or refresher training, ASC aims to increase your knowledge about construction-specific safety measures under OSHA 29 CFR 1926. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of completion.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction DOL card will arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Coffee and light lunch will be provided.

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Certificate in Building Science and Net-Zero Design (Online)

Hybrid (online & in-person in Waitsfield, VT)
See website for details

Building science refers to the analysis and collected understanding of how physical phenomena – including heat, moisture, air movement, and gravity – affect buildings. It provides a body of knowledge allowing for system and design details to account for these forces and to use them in our favor to maximize comfort and minimize energy use. Net zero energy design – the strategy in which applied building science principles guide a low-energy durable structure coupled with on-site renewable energy production to offset total energy consumption – is now well within reach. Through lecture, case study, demonstration, design exercises and hands-on experience, students will gain a firm grasp of the science behind building performance, and begin to explore how to design in accordance with the laws of physics and the forces of nature. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to a real project through hands-on exercises. If you are a designer, builder, project manager, property owner, or policy professional, or are moving toward one of these careers, a firm understanding of building science and the path to net zero buildings is fast becoming a critical credential for any successful practitioner.

ONLINE: New in 2024, this program will take place in a hybrid format. We will meet virtually on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-9pm between March 11 - April 5, 2024 to cover building science fundamentals, solar orientation, mechanical systems and super insulation.

IN-PERSON: We will meet in person on the Waitsfield VT campus from April 8-19, 2024. The in person portion will be dedicated to net zero design and hands on, applied building science.

More information is available in the course syllabus. 140 AIA LU/HSW approved

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Basics of High Performance Building (2 Part Training)

Center for Technology Essex , 2 Educational Dr, Essex Junction, VT 05452
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Builders are in colossal demand, now more than ever, and the key lies in high-performance expertise. Embrace the chance to reshape the world through our top-notch High Performance building course. Become a visionary force, conquering environmental challenges, and leading the charge for sustainable solutions. In this housing revolution, your skills will be prized like never before.

Our exceptional courses empower you to create efficient, eco-friendly havens, igniting the path towards a brighter future. Unite with industry experts and champion the cause of change. With our guidance, you'll wield the transformative power to tackle Vermont's housing crisis head-on. Seize the opportunity, redefine your impact, and be the catalyst for a greener, better world. The time is now – learn High Performance building from the best!

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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Basics of High Performance Building (2 Part Training)

Green Mountain Technical and Career Center, 738 VT-15, Hyde Park, VT 05655
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Builders are in colossal demand, now more than ever, and the key lies in high-performance expertise. Embrace the chance to reshape the world through our top-notch High Performance building course. Become a visionary force, conquering environmental challenges, and leading the charge for sustainable solutions. In this housing revolution, your skills will be prized like never before.

Our exceptional courses empower you to create efficient, eco-friendly havens, igniting the path towards a brighter future. Unite with industry experts and champion the cause of change. With our guidance, you'll wield the transformative power to tackle Vermont's housing crisis head-on. Seize the opportunity, redefine your impact, and be the catalyst for a greener, better world. The time is now – learn High Performance building from the best!

This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.

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Homes for All Toolkit Trainer Summit

Old Labor Hall National Historic Landmark, 46 Granite Street Barre, VT 05641
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This interactive event is for novice and emerging small-scale home builders seeking to start developing new and renovated homes in Vermont, community development professionals and local leaders looking for new housing tools to support Vermonters, and anyone interested in innovative solutions to Vermont’s housing crisis. Through a Missing Middle Homes Design Guide, a series of five Vermont Neighborhood Infill Design Case Studies, and a Builders’ Workbook, the Homes for All Toolkit is chock full of tips, tools, and resources for would-be developers and those who support them. Be the first to learn how the Toolkit can help you and your community in addressing Vermont’s housing and affordability crisis, and stay for networking opportunities with housing funders, real estate professionals, home builders, and local housing champions.

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Flood Recovery Resource Fair

Brookside Primary School
Free

Community Resilience for the Waterbury Area (CReW) invites you to a Flood Recovery Resource Fair. The fair is free and family-friendly! Join in for lunch, get your flood recovery and rebuild questions answered, and have some time to decompress. Local businesses and organizations will be present to answer questions and offer their service.

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Natural Refrigerant Training Summit - Pittsburgh, PA

Steamfitters Local Union 449 Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Free

Co-hosted with Steamfitters Local Union 449 Technology Center, this event will provide comprehensive training on CO2 and propane from multiple manufacturers and industry experts. This event is open to ALL refrigeration technicians (union and non-union). Local HVACR students and faculty are also invited to join us for a networking session to increase exposure to natural technologies and build industry connections. This free, 3-day in-person event will include: Concurrent technician trainings on CO2 and propane from multiple manufacturers and industry experts. Access to live CO2 mobile training systems. Exhibit hall featuring the latest natural refrigerant products and service offerings. Local HVACR student & faculty networking event to build industry connections.

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2024 CBES - Training Series: Multifamily Buildings (1.5 AIA LU/HSW)

Online Webinar
Free

Join our Efficiency Vermont team for a Vermont Residential Building Energy Standards (CBES) training series. Basic building science knowledge and building design will be beneficial for the attendee but, should not discourage anyone with interest from participating.

Folks attending this training can anticipate to:

  • Learn compartmentalization and strategies to meet multi-family CBES requirements
  • Understand electric vehicle charging requirements and when they apply based on building size, and other factors.
  • Learn efficiency package option requirements and how to navigation them based on client interests.
  • Understand what CBES Stretch Code is, when it applies to multi-family buildings, and how to comply with the requirements.

1.5 AIA LU/HSW approved

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VT RBES 2024: Compliance options –Package Plus Points, REScheck, HERS Rating, and RBES Certificate

Online Webinar
Free

Vermont Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES): Training Series

Join our Efficiency Vermont team for a 2024 Vermont Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) training series. AIA continuing education credits available.

TOPIC: Compliance options – Package Plus Points, REScheck, HERS Rating, and RBES Certificate (1 AIA LU/HSW) Basic building science knowledge will be beneficial for the attendee but, should not discourage anyone with interest from participating. Vermont's energy codes are regularly updated to make sure we are on track to meet our "net zero energy ready construction by 2030" statewide goal. Revised versions of the Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) and Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) are effective July 1, 2024. This session will review the new energy 2024 RBES, significant changes, and compliance options. Learn the overview on how to complete the RBES certificate depending on compliance path chosen. Understand building system and component requirements for package plus points compliance Learn step by step procedure of HERS rating process Understand general performance modeling data points for ResCheck and HERS

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Better Building by Design 2024

DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT
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The 2024 conference theme is Blueprint for Equity: Energy Efficiency & the Future of Building. Blueprints are foundational to putting design into action. Achieving a design that provides benefit without undue burden requires forethought and engagement. Leading with equity can build a strong workforce, save energy, improve health and safety, and further energy resilience while reducing energy burden.

Join Efficiency Vermont as we explore the topic of access and discuss equity’s place in Better Building by Design. This conference offers several opportunities to gain professional continuing education credits. Hear From the Experts Find out what works, what doesn’t, and what you can put into practice immediately through the research and experience of nationally recognized leaders in the field. Strengthen Your Competitive Edge Learn the latest techniques and technologies for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Make Key Contacts Network with the region’s top design and construction professionals who share your commitment to quality construction, energy efficiency, aesthetic integrity, occupant health and comfort, and environmental stewardship. Sponsor Trade Show. See the latest energy-efficient product and service innovations for the design and construction industry. Speak with service providers and manufacturers’ representatives about cutting-edge techniques, materials, equipment, and systems for superior building performance, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Best of the Best Winners of Efficiency Vermont’s Best of the Best Awards will be honored during the conference. Browse among inspiring plans, drawings, and photos of the award-winning homes and buildings from the design competition.

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VT RBES 2024: Deep Dive into the Points Table and Examples of Points Options (1 AIA LU/HSW)

Online Webinar
Free

Basic building science knowledge will be beneficial for the attendee but, should not discourage anyone with interest from participating. Vermont's energy codes are regularly updated to make sure we are on track to meet our "net zero energy ready construction by 2030" statewide goal. Revised versions of the Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) and Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) are effective July 1, 2024.

This session will review the new energy 2024 RBES, significant changes, and compliance options. Learn about the Package Plus Points compliance options, and how that gives builders flexibility. Learn how simplification of packages applies to Base Code and Stretch Code and how points are factored in. Understanding how to read the R402.1.2.1, R402.1.2.2, and R402.1.2.3 points tables. Learn how to apply the points options your project design plans.

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Fundamentals of Pre-Construction and Project Management (7 Weeks)

Online Webinar
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Join us for an interactive deep dive into the fundamentals of good pre-construction and project management practice. This 7-session virtual series will include hands-on exercises, tools, and templates to support emerging project managers and estimators.

Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30pm.

We are limiting registration to 20 participants to keep the group small and allow for lots of discussion and small group breakouts. Attending all sessions in real-time is strongly encouraged, however, we will be recording the sessions.