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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.


In this session, the building science principles are applied to wall systems. Effective air sealing and insulation strategies are demonstrated. These segments will help participants choose appropriate wall details for cost-effective enclosures that avoid interstitial condensation and help reduce both heating and cooling loads. A look at wall design, heat loss and moisture control will be discussed, along with air barrier details and strategies that work. Common air leakage locations and holes that are frequently missed will be identified. A discussion on interior and exterior air barriers will be covered along with a look at cavity insulation and exterior continuous insulation. In this session, cost-effective wall assemblies for Net Zero Energy compliant homes will be identified for different climate zones. Alternative and innovative wall assemblies will also be demonstrated and discussed, including a look at advanced framing / simplified framing = OVE, structurally insulated panels, and insulated concrete forms.

Determine appropriate attic details that avoid interstitial condensation and help reduce energy loads.

Identify critical air leakage location details and strategies to address truss uplift, ice damming and wind washing.

Understand the key elements of a high-performance window.

Select appropriate windows that avoid condensation and manage both heating and cooling loads.

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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