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Back to school for builders: training & education options

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With building practices constantly evolving and new building materials continually coming into the market, there's a lot to know about modern home construction.

Whether you want to get the details yourself, or send members of your building crews for training, taking time for building education can be a wise investment in your company.

Since it's back to school season, here's a list of leading sources of building training and education in B.C.

Canadian Home Builders Association
Offers Certified Residential Builder training, an overview of building science principles and associated technique. Courses offered also include topics such as construction law, marketing and project sales, and the BC Building Code, as well as Certified Energy Advisor training and Built Green BC builder training.

Canada Green Building Council
In-class workshops, e-learning (both webinars and on-demand online learning), and more, focused on LEED certification and green building knowledge.

Homeowner Protection Office
Resources include Building Smart seminars, and Builder Insight bulletins. Keep on top of new information by checking current research projects underway as well.

HPO Building Envelope Guide
The Building Envelope Guide for Houses: Part 9 Residential Construction is a graphic guide to accepted construction technology. Get everyone on the same page with more than 150 full-colour, 3-D images, and make sure you're complying with Part 9 of the BC Building Code and the Vancouver Building By-law.

Canada Passive House Institute
A variety of training options in this leading-edge energy efficient design standard. Also an online library with useful links, and a helpful frequently asked questions.

Fine Homebuilding Magazine
Clear examples and resources for energy efficient design, and information about construction technique.

SolPlan Review
A local periodical that provides relevant education on new and existing technologies designed to improve residential building construction.

Power Smart New Home resources
Visit Power Smart New Home to check out stories about leading energy efficiency developments, and related program resources.