• CourseBuilder for Residential Construction


    Residential Construction Methods Book Cover

     
    CourseBuilder Construction Management: Residential Construction Methods & Materials is composed of 30 multimedia online lessons designed for students to master the basics of residential construction. Delivered in an interactive and engaging style, CourseBuilder covers topics such as basements, crawlspaces, slab-on-grade foundations, walls, windows, doors, roofs, mechanical, electrical and plumbing plus water management fundamentals, building for performance, and best practices.

    • Students will not only acquire basic preparation needed to enter the homebuilding industry, but will also improve the quality of their knowledge of home building.
    • Interactive features include assessments to determine if students have a grasp of lesson objectives, flashcards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between prior knowledge and new content.
    • The resource is rich with videos, images, and case scenarios that are representative of the industry.
    • The online format provides immediate, specific feedback to reinforce what the student understands and to provide clarification as necessary. 
    • You can incorporate single lessons or all lessons within your classes!

    About the Author

    Scott Kelting, Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Construction Management Department, has a solid history in quality homebuilding. As an Assistant Purchasing Manager and Site Supervisor, he managed the day-to-day operations of residential home construction for multiple neighborhoods on the Central Coast of California. Mr. Kelting holds two degrees in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and teaches homebuilding means, methods, estimating scheduling and contracts. 

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Construction Process

    Covers the homebuilding process and the home's benefits and features. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: The Homebuilding Process
      • Topic 1: Stages of the homebuilding process
      • Topic 2: Customer impact on the homebuilding process
      • Topic 3: Building inspector impact on the construction process
      Unit 2: The Home's Benefits and Features
      • Topic 1: Descriptions of the benefits
      • Topic 2: Foundation
      • Topic 3: Framing
      • Topic 4: Exterior finishes
      • Topic 5: Mechanicals
      • Topic 6: Insulation, air sealing and ventilation
      • Topic 7: Interior finishes
      • Topic 8: Landscaping

    Lesson 2: Builders’ Team and Project Controls

    Explains more about the people involved in the construction process and the roles and responsibilities of each and also reviews various paper-based tools used to record and transfer vital construction information accurately. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: The Teams
      • Topic 1: The builder's core team
      • Topic 2: The builder's extended team
      • Topic 3: The homebuyer's team
      Unit 2: The Project Controls
      • Topic 1: Home plans and site development plans
      • Topic 2: Products and features documents
      • Topic 3: Home buyer documents
      • Topic 4: Construction quality documents
      • Topic 5: Additional contracts
      • Topic 6: Scheduling

    Lesson 3: Building for Performance

    Presents reasons for a rise in building performance issues and explains that to perform well, a home must be designed, constructed, and operated as a system. Organized into six units, this lesson covers issues such as how gravity, wind, Earth movement, air movement, water and heat transfer affect building performance. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Building Performance and You
      • Topic1: Building Performance and its relevance for homeowners and builders
      • Topic 2: Why building performance issues are increasing and what you can do about it
      Unit 2: Gravity, Wind, Earth, and Building Performance
      • Topic 1: Gravity: downward-acting loads
      • Topic 2: Wind: lateral- and upward-acting loads
      • Topic 3: Soil: lateral- and upward-acting loads
      • Topic 4: Earthquakes: lateral- and upward-acting loads
      Unit 3: Air Movement and Building Performance
      • Topic 1: Stack effect and wind
      • Topic 2: Heating and cooling system
      • Topic 3: Mechanical ventilation
      Unit 4: Water and Building Performance
      • Topic 1: Water and the building envelope
      • Topic 2: Performance issues caused by water, water vapor, and ice
      • Topic 3: Solutions for preventing water damage to a home
      Unit 5: Heat Transfer and Building Performance
      • Topic 1: Heat and how it moves
      • Topic 2: Performance issues caused by heat transfer
      • Topic 3: Solutions for controlling heat gain and loss
      Unit 6: The Home as a System
      • Topic 1: Changes to one component of the home can affect the whole system
      • Topic 2: People and the environment impact construction methods and materials selections

    Lesson 4: House Placement — Foundations

    Discusses the importance of proper house placement and excavation and how to ensure the structural integrity of the foundation. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: The Key House Placement Issues
      • Topic 1: The right house in the right place
      • Topic 2: The right elevation
      • Topic 3: Stable supporting soil
      • Topic 4: Understanding the house placement documents
      Unit 2: Placing the House and Setting the Grade
      • Topic 1: The site plans
      • Topic 2: Reading the site plans
      • Topic 3: The plot plan
      • Topic 4: Reading the plot plan
      • Topic 5: Checking the stakeout
      • Topic 6: Checking the slab area for accurate elevation and level
      • Topic 7: Calculating the excavation depth
      • Topic 8: Balancing fill on the lot
      Unit 3: Understanding the Soil
      • Topic 1: How the soil affects the foundation design
      • Topic 2: Understanding soil types
      • Topic 3: Encountering unsuitable soil
      • Topic 4: Encountering soil problems
      • Topic 5: Encountering water problems
      Unit 4: Excavating
      • Topic 1: Excavation
      • Topic 2: Checking the excavation pad for accurate elevation and level
      • Topic 3: Cutting and filling
      • Topic 4: Footing corner pins and formwork
      • Topic 5: Checking the footing forms

    Lesson 5: Constructing the Foundation

    Walks the reader through slab-on-grade, and basement and crawlspace, foundation construction and shows the reader the most critical checkpoints for quality control at each stage. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Excavating the Slab Area
      • Topic 1: Monolithic slab excavation and formwork
      • Topic 2: Stem wall slab excavation and formwork
      Unit 2: Preliminary Stages of Foundation Construction
      • Topic 1: Before foundation construction begins
      • Topic 2: Monolithic slab preparation
      • Topic 3: Footings for stem walls
      • Topic 4: Stem walls
      Unit 3: Slab Construction
      • Topic 1: Utilities
      • Topic 2: Preslab protection
      • Topic 3: Post tension layout
      • Topic 4: Slab placement
      • Topic 5: Post construction
      Unit 4: Basements and Crawlspaces
      • Topic 1: Before foundation construction begins
      • Topic 2: Footings
      • Topic 3: Formed concrete foundation walls
      • Topic 4: Block foundation wall
      • Topic 5: Waterproofing
      • Topic 6: Foundation drainage
      • Topic 7: Crawlspace and preslab protection
      • Topic 8: Basement slab
      • Topic 9: Backfilling

    Lesson 6: Water Management for Foundations

    Addresses common installation errors that can lead to water intrusion through the foundation and provides effective water management strategies that protect the home from deterioration, mold growth, and low indoor air quality. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Water Management for Slab-on-grade Foundations
      • Topic 1: Water management principles
      • Topic 2: Slab preparation and fill
      • Topic 3: Vapor barrier
      • Topic 4: Perimeter penetrations
      • Topic 5: Slab placement and finishing
      • Topic 6: Waterproofing
      • Topic 7: Backfill and site drainage
      Unit 2: Monolithic Slab Installation Details
      • Topic 1: Slab preparation and fill
      • Topic 2: Vapor barrier
      • Topic 3: Slab penetrations
      • Topic 4: Concrete mix and placement
      • Topic 5: Finishing and control joints
      • Topic 6: Site drainage
      Unit 3: Water Management for Basements and Crawlspaces
      • Topic 1: Water management principles
      • Topic 2: Perimeter drain
      • Topic 3: Slab preparation and fill
      • Topic 4: Vapor barrier
      • Topic 5: Foundation wall penetrations
      • Topic 6: Slab placement and finishing
      • Topic 7: Waterproofing
      • Topic 8: Openings
      • Topic 9: Backfill and site drainage
      Unit 4: Basement Installation Details
      • Topic 1: Perimeter drain and waterproofing
      • Topic 2: Slab preparation and fill
      • Topic 3: Vapor barrier
      • Topic 4: Slab penetrations
      • Topic 5: Openings
      • Topic 6: Concrete mix and placement
      • Topic 7: Finishing and control joints
      • Topic 8: Backfill and site drainage
      • Topic 9: Pre-cast panels
      Unit 5: Crawlspace Installation Details
      • Topic 1: Perimeter drain and waterproofing
      • Topic 2: Slab preparation and fill
      • Topic 3: Vapor barrier
      • Topic 4: Slab penetrations
      • Topic 5: Concrete mix and placement
      • Topic 6: Backfill and site drainage

    Lesson 7: Framing: Floors

    Walks the reader through the floor construction process, showing how to ensure that the flooring system complies with codes, follows the plans and specifications, and results in a high level of customer satisfaction. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: The Floor System
      • Topic 1: Floor components
      • Topic 2: Load transfer and deflection
      Unit 2: Cantilevers and Rough Openings
      • Topic 1: Non load-bearing cantilevers
      • Topic 2: Load-bearing cantilevers
      • Topic 3: Rough openings
      Unit 3: Beams and the Sill Plate
      • Topic 1: Beams
      • Topic 2: Beams types
      • Topic 3: Sill plates

    Lesson 8: Floor Joists and Subflooring

    Discusses the different joist types and how to check their installation as well as that of joist hangers. The lesson also walks the reader through the installation of subfloor panels and how to check it. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Floor Joist Systems
      • Topic 1: Joist types
      • Topic 2: Dimensional lumber joists
      • Topic 3: I-joists
      • Topic 4: Floor trusses
      • Topic 5: Joist hangers
      Unit 2: Subflooring
      • Topic 1: Subfloor installation
      • Topic 2: Checking the subfloor

    Lesson 9: Framing Walls

    Walks the reader through wall framing and shows what to check along the way to ensure that the exterior wall details follow the plans, comply with code requirements, and meet company standards for construction quality. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Wall Systems
      • Topic 1: Wall components
      • Topic 2: Dead and live loads
      • Topic 3: Wind and seismic loads
      Unit 2: Stud Wall Construction and Details
      • Topic 1: On-site framing
      • Topic 2: Pre-framed walls
      • Topic 3: OVE framing techniques
      • Topic 4: Rough openings
      • Topic 5: Sheathing and bracing
      Unit 3: Structural Requirements
      • Topic 1: Structural connections
      • Topic 2: Shear panel requirements

    Lesson 10: Framing: Walls, Interior

    Discusses firestopping, draftstopping, interior blocking for permanent fixtures, and nailers for drywall and includes how to check each of these interior features. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Interior Details
      • Topic 1: Fireblocks
      • Topic 2: Draftstopping
      • Topic 3: Blocking for permanent fixtures
      • Topic 4: Nailers for drywall and trim

    Lesson 11: Basic Fastener Installation Simpson Strong-Tie

    Covers the basics of correctly installing Simpson Strong-Tie connectors. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Basic Fastener Installation
      • Topic 1: Choosing the Right Nail
      • Topic 2: Installation Methods
      • Topic 3: Screws
      • Topic 4: Machine Bolts
      • Topic 5: Fastener Holes
      • Topic 6: Innovative Features

    Lesson 12: Steel Strong-Wall® Shearwall Installations

    Teaches how to install the Simpson Steel Strong-Wall Shearwall, a prefabricated metal shear panel designed to support vertical gravity loads and lateral loads resulting from wind or earthquakes. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Shearwall Installations
      • Topic 1: Industry Terms
      • Topic 2: SSW Anchor Bolts (SSWAB)
      • Topic 3: SSW Concrete Templates
      • Topic 4: Standard Wall Installation on Concrete Foundations
      • Topic 5: Balloon-Framing on Concrete Foundations
      • Topic 6: Two-Story Stacked-Wall Installation
      • Topic 7: Installation for the First Floor on a Wood-Floor System

    Lesson 13: Plated Truss Products

    Teaches the basics of installing Simpson Strong-Tie plated truss products. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Simpson Truss Products
      • Topic 1: Terms
      • Topic 2: Common Truss Types
      • Topic 3: Truss Hangers
      • Topic 4: HUS/HTU
      • Topic 5: THA
      • Topic 6: THASR/L
      • Topic 7: THG
      • Topic 8: LTHJA/THJA
      • Topic 9: Truss Bracing Products
      • Topic 10: TSB
      • Topic 11: TBD
      • Topic 12: Truss Ties
      • Topic 13: H2.5A
      • Topic 14: H10 & H14
      • Topic 15: META20
      • Topic 16: Truss Clips
      • Topic 17: VTC2
      • Topic 18: STC

    Lesson 14: Framing: Roofs, Overview

    Covers roof framing basics and illustrates the components of various roof systems, the types of roofs built in residential construction, the slope of the roof and how it affects roof construction, the loads roofs must carry and transfer, and the tie-down connections required in some regions to resist wind uplift. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Roof Framing Basics
      • Topic 1: Roof components
      • Topic 2: Roof slope
      • Topic 3: Dead loads and snow loads
      • Topic 4: Wind uplift

    Lesson 15: Framing: Roof Systems and Features

    Walks the reader through both truss and rafter construction, roof sheathing installation, checking rough openings for dormers and skylights, cornice framing, and how to ensure that crickets and saddles that divert water from the roof work properly. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Roof Systems
      • Topic 1: Truss design and installation
      • Topic 2: Truss uplift
      • Topic 3: Checking the truss layout
      • Topic 4: Rafter design and installation
      • Topic 5: Rafter spread
      • Topic 6: Checking the rafter layout
      • Topic 7: Sheathing installation
      Unit 2: Roof Features
      • Topic 1: Rough openings
      • Topic 2: Cornice framing
      • Topic 3: Crickets and saddles

    Lesson 16: Plumbing, Overview

    Provides a high-level look at how the plumbing system functions, specific supply and drainage features and the testing they undergo, and various plumbing materials allowed by code including copper, plastic, iron, and more. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Plumbing Overview
      • Topic 1: The plumbing system
      • Topic 2: Water supply system
      • Topic 3: Sanitary drain system
      • Topic 4: Types of plumbing systems and materials
      • Topic 5: Fuel gas supply

    Lesson 17: Plumbing, Installation

    Progresses in three units through the three stages of work that the plumber does—underground plumbing, rough plumbing, and finish plumbing. Throughout each unit, the lesson provides guidelines for checking the installation to ensure quality, performance, and code compliance. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Underground Plumbing
      • Topic 1: Installing water service, house sewer, and gas lines
      • Topic 2: Basement or crawlspace vs. slab on grade foundation
      • Topic 3: Laying out plumbing under the slab
      • Topic 4: Installing plumbing under the slab
      Unit 2: Rough Plumbing
      • Topic 1: Overall quality considerations
      • Topic 2: Framing considerations
      • Topic 3: Pipe protection and support
      • Topic 4: Kitchen considerations
      • Topic 5: Bathroom considerations
      • Topic 6: Laundry and utilities considerations
      Unit 3: Finish Plumbing
      • Topic 1: Finish plumbing considerations

    Lesson 18: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

    Provides an overview of the HVAC system. It provides a high-level look at how the HVAC system functions; how the air is cooled, heated, and distributed; how the home is ventilated; and the various heating/cooling systems available and how they differ from one another.

      Unit 1: HVAC Overview
      • Topic 1: The HVAC system
      • Topic 2: Heating and cooling
      • Topic 3: Forced-air systems
      • Topic 4: Fuel furnaces
      • Topic 5: Air conditioners and heat pumps
      • Topic 6: Ductwork
      • Topic 7: Output and efficiency
      • Topic 8: Mechanical ventilation
      • Topic 9: Combustion exhaust

    Lesson 19: HVAC Installation

    Is designed to help site supervisors understand what the HVAC contractor installs during the rough and finish stages; check that the HVAC installation is code-compliant, high-quality work; and ensure that the HVAC contractor fulfills the scope of work requirements. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Rough HVAC
      • Topic 1: Framing considerations
      • Topic 2: Furnace installation
      • Topic 3: Air conditioner and heat pump installation
      • Topic 4: Ductwork installation
      • Topic 5: Duct insulation and airtightness
      • Topic 6: Unit and ductwork locations
      • Topic 7: Combustion exhaust installation
      • Topic 8: Bath, kitchen, and laundry exhaust installation
      Unit 2: Finish HVAC
      • Topic 1: Register, grille, and thermostat installation
      • Topic 2: System testing

    Lesson 20: Electrical, Overview and Service Cable Installation

    Begins with an overview of the electrical system and progresses through to the first stage of electrical work done for the home-service cable installation. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Electrical Overview
      • Topic 1: The electrical system
      • Topic 2: Meter socket and electrical panel
      • Topic 3: Electrical circuits
      • Topic 4: Grounding
      Unit 2: Service Cable Installation
      • Topic 1: Installing underground service to the meter socket
      • Topic 2: Setting up job site electricity

    Lesson 21: Electrical, Rough and Finish Installation

    Is designed to help site supervisors understand what the electrical subcontractor does at each stage of construction; check that the electrical installation is quality work; and ensure that the electrical subcontractor fulfills the scope of work requirements. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Rough Electrical
      • Topic 1: Basic electrical installation process and practices
      • Topic 2: Installation of receptacle outlets, lighting outlets, and switch boxes
      • Topic 3: Installation of electrical cabling
      • Topic 4: Installation of electrical panel
      • Topic 5: Overall quality considerations
      Unit 2: Finish Electrical
      • Topic 1: Finish electrical considerations
      • Topic 2: Testing the electrical system

    Lesson 22: Water Management: Roofs

    Explains how to prevent water intrusion through the roof in order to protect the home from water damage. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Water Management for Roofs
      • Topic 1: Water management principles
      • Topic 2: Roofing underlayment
      • Topic 3: Flashing
      • Topic 4: Roofing
      • Topic 5: Roof-to-wall intersections
      • Topic 6: Drip edges and gutters
      • Topic 7: Penetrations
      Unit 2: Installation Details
      • Topic 1: Valley protection for a shingle roof
      • Topic 2: Ridge and gable end protection for a shingle roof
      • Topic 3: Step flashing
      • Topic 4: Roof rake-to-siding intersections
      • Topic 5: Shed roof-to-siding intersections
      • Topic 6: Roof rake-to-brick intersections
      • Topic 7: Shed roof-to-brick intersections
      • Topic 8: Roof rake-to-stucco intersections
      • Topic 9: Shed roof-to-stucco intersections
      • Topic 10: Brick chimney
      • Topic 11: Stucco chimney
      • Topic 12: Siding chimney
      • Topic 13: Penetration flashing on shingle roofs

    Lesson 23: Water Management: Walls

    Explains how to prevent water intrusion through walls in order to protect the home from water damage. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Water Management for Walls
      • Topic 1: Water management principles
      • Topic 2: Drainage plane
      • Topic 3: Drainage plane intersections
      • Topic 4: Siding
      • Topic 5: Brick
      • Topic 6: Stucco
      Unit 2: Installation Details
      • Topic 1: Housewrap
      • Topic 2: Siding
      • Topic 3: Stucco
      • Topic 4: Brick
      • Topic 5: Deck ledger
      • Topic 6: Penetrations

    Lesson 24: Water Management: Windows and Doors

    Explains how to prevent water intrusion through windows and doors in order to help protect a home from water damage. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Water Management for Windows and Doors
      • Topic 1: Water management principles
      • Topic 2: Windows
      • Topic 3: Doors
      Unit 2: Installation Details
      • Topic 1: Window flashing with housewrap
      • Topic 2: Arched window flashing
      • Topic 3: Entry door flashing
      • Topic 4: Garage door flashing
      • Topic 5: Garage man door flashing
      • Topic 6: Zero-step entry door flashing
      • Topic 7: Window flashing with rigid foam sheathing
      • Topic 8: Window flashing with rigid foam sheathing and housewrap
      • Topic 9: Window flashing for traditional stucco
      • Topic 10: Window flashing for brick

    Lesson 25: Insulation and Air Sealing, Overview

    Covers the purpose of insulation and air sealing, how they relate to moisture management, and the types of insulation used in residential construction. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Insulation and Air Sealing Overview
      • Topic 1: Why homes are insulated
      • Topic 2: Why homes are air sealed
      Unit 2: Moisture Management
      • Topic 1: Moisture
      • Topic 2: Vapor retarders
      • Topic 3: Ventilation
      Unit 3: Insulation Types
      • Topic 1: Typical insulation types
      • Topic 2: Batt and blanket insulation
      • Topic 3: Loose fill insulation
      • Topic 4: Rigid foam board insulation
      • Topic 5: Expanding foam insulation

    Lesson 26: Energy Efficiency and Insulation Installation

    Is designed to help site supervisors understand what the insulation subcontractor does at each stage of construction; verify the quality of the installation; and ensure that insulation subcontractors fulfill the scope of work requirements. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Ensuring energy efficiency
      • Topic 1: Installation and inspection process
      • Topic 2: Energy codes and energy-efficiency standards
      • Topic 3: Air sealing
      Unit 2: Insulating the Home
      • Topic 1: Quality considerations for insulation and air sealing
      • Topic 2: Insulating attics
      • Topic 3: Insulating knee walls
      • Topic 4: Insulating sloped ceilings
      • Topic 5: Insulating stud walls
      • Topic 6: Insulating poured concrete and block masonry walls
      • Topic 7: Insulating walls with rigid foam boards
      • Topic 8: Insulating unfinished basements
      • Topic 9: Insulating floors

    Lesson 27: Drywall

    Provides practical information to improve drywall quality in homes including an overview of the drywall process, inspection guidelines, and a review of the step-by-step installation process and drywall finish techniques. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Overview of Drywall
      • Topic 1: Stages of the drywall process and the importance of daily inspections
      • Topic 2: Drywall materials
      • Topic 3: Drywall use in wet and high humidity areas
      • Topic 4: Levels of drywall finishing
      Unit 2: Pre-Drywall Preparation
      • Topic 1: Inspect the framing
      • Topic 2: Inspect the mechanicals
      • Topic 3: Inspect the insulation
      • Topic 4: Monitor the inside environment
      • Topic 5: Ensure the quality of materials
      Unit 3: Drywall Installation
      • Topic 1: Drywall installation process
      • Topic 2: Installation techniques for quality drywall results
      • Topic 3: Inspect the hanging and corner bead installation
      • Topic 4: Inspect taping and the first coat
      • Topic 5: Inspect the second coat
      • Topic 6: Inspect the third coat: smooth finish
      • Topic 7: Inspect the third coat: textured finish
      • Topic 8: Inspect the sanding

    Lesson 28: SWPPP Compliance

    Describes the basics involved in the SWPPP process, from applying for coverage under the CGP to inspecting and maintaining BMPs to submitting the Notice of Termination (NOT) at the end of the project. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Stormwater Pollution and the Clean Water Act
      • Topic 1: The environmental impact of construction
      • Topic 2: Regulations and requirements
      • Topic 3: Applying for coverage under the Construction General Permit
      Unit 2: Preparing the SWPPP
      • Topic 1: The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
      • Topic 2: Site assessment
      • Topic 3: Runoff, erosion, and sediment controls
      • Topic 4: Good housekeeping measures
      Unit 3: Implementing and Inspecting BMPs
      • Topic 1: Implementing BMPs
      • Topic 2: Inspecting and maintaining BMPs
      • Topic 3: Training employees and subcontractors
      Unit 4: Posting and Recordkeeping
      • Topic 1: Recording the findings of BMP inspections
      • Topic 2: Being prepared for compliance inspections
      • Topic 3: Filing the Notice of Termination

    Lesson 29: Jobsite Safety I

    Addresses fall protection and is intended to assist construction personnel in identifying, avoiding, and controlling some of the most common jobsite hazards in residential construction. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Fall Safety Basics
      • Topic 1: Fall hazards on the jobsite
      • Topic 2: Fall safety
      Unit 2: Scaffolds
      • Topic 1: Constructing scaffolds
      • Topic 2: Using scaffolds
      • Topic 3: Special types of scaffolds
      Unit 3: Working and walking surfaces
      • Topic 1: Roofs, floors, walls, and openings
      • Topic 2: Excavations and rebar
      • Topic 3: Alternative fall protection
      Unit 4: Stairways and Ladders
      • Topic 1: Stairs
      • Topic 2: Ladders

    Lesson 30: Jobsite Safety II

    Addresses protection from being struck or crushed and from excavation and electrical hazards and is intended to assist construction personnel in identifying, avoiding, and controlling some of the most common jobsite hazards in residential construction. This content is delivered in an interactive and engaging style with interactive features including assessments to determine if readers have a grasp of lesson objectives, flash cards to review key terms and calculations, and questions that build the connection between knowledge and new content.

      Unit 1: Safety from Being Struck or Crushed
      • Topic 1: Struck-by hazards on the jobsite
      • Topic 2: Materials and machinery
      • Topic 3: Concrete placement and masonry wall construction
      • Topic 4: Using tools
      Unit 2: Electrical Safety
      • Topic 1: Electrical hazards on the jobsite
      • Topic 2: Protecting workers from electrical currents
      • Topic 3: Keeping workers away from dangerous electrical equipment
      • Topic 4: Safe use of power tools and cords
      Unit 3: Excavation Safety
      • Topic 1: Excavation hazards on the jobsite
      • Topic 2: Protective systems
      • Topic 3: Soil, materials, water, and equipment
      • Topic 4: Entry and exit safety