As you already know, the State will implement the latest energy code this coming November. While they held some workshops recently, the HBADE Green Building Council organized and held free builder workshops to supplement and build on the State’s efforts. We preceded the training sessions with an email survey prepared by GBC President Joe Gordon. He received over 40 responses which helped us tailor the workshop content.
In addition to classroom sessions, Ed Minch of Energy Services Group held chalk talk in the field to discuss the changes to the new code compared to the current code.
Then he went a little further and demonstrated some practical how to’s for complying with the code and to introduce blower door testing as a new code requirement. Joe Gordon helped provoke Q&A at both the field and classroom sessions, which helped provide interaction and learning by the attendees.
So far we have held two sessions, one in Kent County at Noble’s Pond and one in Sussex County at Independence, educating some 75-80 mostly builders with some building code officials and DNREC officials present.gistration
We certainly hope our members found these sessions useful, as they prepare to build their houses in conformance with the new code. Our next session will be in New Castle County in September. Date, place and location to be determined and then we’ll get the word out for registrations.
HBADE extends a big thank you to all that have made the workshops possible:
Workshop organizers and presenters: Joe Gordon, GreenJoeGreen Inc; Ed Minch, Energy Service Group; Sharon Moore, CPG Building Products. Also Pam Robichaud of Wells Fargo that sponsored the Kent County Workshop.
Kent County workshop host: Mary Field, Regal Builders, Noble’s Pond Clubhouse and homes under construction
Sussex County workshop host: Mark Fitzgerald, Schell Brothers. Independence Clubhouse and homes under construction