Mark Meiling- Instructor at MATC teaches “Energy Efficiency in Residential Construction”

Class Description

Since new and existing houses have been built occupants have suffered from poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and uneven heating and cooling. These same homeowners also face retrofit-upgrade costs from fixing wet/moldy attics, roof leaks, window rot and smoky fireplaces to mention just a few. Out of balance air, heat and water vapors flowing through a building’s envelope directly cause wood rot, high energy use, unsafe indoor air and discomfort in a house. Applied building science theory and current best building practices are studied that remedy these issues. Techniques of application and vapor permeability of materials, and HVAC equipment operation are all part of this discussion. Carpentry students are taught to focus their air sealing efforts on major framing junctions that they build. We teach them to recognize and respect the air sealing efforts of other trades. Understanding the dynamic interaction between energy flow, water vapor flow, air leakage is the goal of this course. Performance testing standards and testing equipment are identified so carpenters are aware that their successful efforts can be readily confirmed.

CARP – 315 – 200 & 201

  • The class is offered the fall semester for 16 weeks of the 2017-2018 school year
  • Thursday afternoons, at both the Oak Creek and downtown campuses
  • Includes site visits to homes to air pressure test the structure
  • Carpentry students 1 credit, Home inspector CEUs available
  • Cost is approx: $150