Pretty Good House: A Guide to Creating Better Homes

Have you heard about the building standard that's not a standard? Learn how to create energy efficient, healthy, sustainable homes with an emphasis on making the concepts and technical details accessible to builders and designers of all levels of development. Two of the four co-authors of the Pretty Good House Book will go through the essential elements of what makes a Pretty Good House and share how it can help make low-carbon energy efficiency more accessible to contractors, designers, and clients. This session would be appropriate for the novice to moderately advanced design and construction professional.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Harbor 1

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Approved for 1 credit hour toward AIA (LU|HSW), BOC, BPI, GBCI (BD+C, ID+C, WELL), and NARI certification. Credit is offered for each full conference day toward MA CSL, PHI, Phius, and RESNET certification.

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  • Navigate the sometimes-overwhelming “things to consider when designing and building a high-performance house” and prioritize them for a realistic budget
  • Recognize the importance and relevance of the many issues of climate, health, and comfort, and address them through the implementation of proper design and detailing
  • Observe and appraise the implementation of building science concepts in Pretty Good House examples (case study excerpts)
  • Improve the quality of your own projects, and pass the knowledge of how to do so on to others within the trade

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