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BC Housing Competency Area:

Construction Technology

Time Commitment:

4 hours min.

Delivery Method:


Course Description

This 3-part online live workshop help participants understand the key principles of high performance homes. As building codes continue to move toward Net Zero Ready, these timely courses provide concentrated learning on four core components of a home; the foundation, the above grade walls, the roof, and windows and doors.


Given homeowners’ expectations for more livable basements it is important for builders to turn those cold, dark, damp storage spaces into warm, dry living spaces. The principals, material options and construction details required to accomplish this will be demonstrated in this course.

This course will begin with a refresher on building sciences principles and provide an overview of the House as a System concept. This session will also take a deeper dive into the complex building science of basements.

Understand how the interaction between building components has a significant impact on other components of the home as well as home performance and durability, occupant comfort, and health.

Understand the complexity of changes in buildings (a review of the basic physics of air, heat, and moisture flow, and air barrier and vapour barrier systems).

Review the different types of foundations that are commonly used (full basement, crawl space, slab on grade, etc).

Refresh your knowledge on the science behind moisture and water management, vapour drive, and heat loss control.

Discuss the principles of managing rain and capillary flow for various foundation options.

See demonstrations of appropriate water management strategies and insulation alternatives.

Course Format

This course requires successful completion of the following components:

  • Attendance for the full duration of the webinar session

Course Material

There is no textbook for this session. All materials are contained within the presentation during the webinar session. Any supplementary materials provided by the speaker will be emailed to students post-session, if applicable.

Meet the Speaker

Gord Cooke

Building Knowledge Canada Inc.

There are few professionals in Ontario that can match Gord Cooke’s broad knowledge of the inner workings of a house. Highly regarded in the Ontario home building industry, Gord is a professional engineer, trainer, author, and industry consultant. For over 25 years, Gord has helped builders and HVAC contractors implement innovative technologies and build better homes. He is an effective and passionate educator and advocates for better building practices, improved indoor air quality, and energy efficiency. Most recently, Gord was awarded one of just five “hall of fame” 2022 Clean50 Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

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