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Introduction to residential and light construction applications and trades. Explores and applies safety standards to the use of various hand and power tools associated with the carpentry field.
Introduction to use and operation of a builder level, including leveling and squaring a building site. Covers building plans, codes and inspections, and construction materials.
Introduction to the methods of construction footing and foundation forms, terminology, and inspections for the typical residential home.
Introduction to the construction procedures and terminology used in framing a residential wood floor.
Introduction to wall-framing construction procedures and terminology, the application of ceiling and/or two-story framing, inspections, sheeting and aligning.
Introduction to roof framing and the use of a framing square, including both truss roof and stick-built residential roofs.
Introduction to various roofing materials, including proper installation techniques.
Introduction to basic stair construction, including the application of building codes, stairway arrangements, components and layout.
Introduction to the installation of exterior trim, siding, window and door installation, or the equivalent on typical residential homes.
Introduction to interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, interior trim and finish flooring.
Continuation of interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, interior trim and finish flooring.
Introduction to outside deck construction, including types, code requirements and safety.
Introduction to trade regulations, other building trades workers, industry and standards organization, and entering the carpentry trade.
A survey of economic, environmental, and human health principles behind the different approaches to sustainability in the workforce.
Overview of sustainable green building models, with a focus on energy, indoor health, natural resources and other environmental impact.
Introduction to the construction materials used in sustainable building design and their impact on a structure’s initial and long-term costs, as well as considerations for the local environment and economy.
An overview of the current and emerging efficiency standards for measuring energy usage and consumption, including, but not limited to, Energy Star, BPI, LEED, Built Green, etc.
An overview of existing and emerging approaches to energy production for use in residential and commercial structures, including, but not limited to, solar/photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, biofuels, etc.
Introduction to the different types of insulation commonly used in homes and businesses, with comparisons for their respective costs and levels of energy efficiency.
Introduction to the principles of heat, light, sound, moisture and air movement within a residential structure, including an overview of external factors that impact a building’s energy integrity.
Introduction to practices in construction that prevent moisture intrusion, as well as techniques for maintaining healthy living environments free from the destructive impacts of moisture.
Introduction to the basic concepts, components, and uses of photovoltaic technology, as well as costs, benefits, and drawbacks in sustainable construction.
Overview of the equipment, technology, systems and software used to measure a building’s energy usage and loss.
An introduction to understanding and diagnosing environmental problems in residential structures, and the means for mitigating those issues.
Introduction to infrared thermography, its principles, and the proper operations of IR camera equipment for diagnosing problems that lead to energy loss in a building.
A capstone project that gives students an opportunity to apply their sustainable building science knowledge in a real life setting, focusing on helping nonprofit organizations achieve sustainability in the buildings where they live, work, and serve the public.