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Training Opportunities

The WSU Energy Program partners with BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage to provide training on the 2018 WSEC-R. We offer free trainings designed for building department staff, builders, sub-contractors, architects, and other building industry professionals who need a proficient understanding of the 2018 WSEC-R. Trainings are available in live webinar, on-demand online training, and/or video formats. Visit our Energy Code page for resources and information on permit application documents, tools, and compliance certificates.

On this page you'll find training offerings for the following topics:

Residential Energy Code Compliance

2018 WSEC-R: Code Compliance Overview

Access this free training to gain an overview of significant changes and requirements in the 2018 WSEC-R. Hear from Mike Lubliner, Senior Building Science Specialist with the WSU Energy Program, as he provides insights on energy code point package scenarios and a tour of compliance forms and resources to use when permitting single-family and multifamily new construction, additions and remodels. Training options include:

  • Live webinar: 
    • August 13, 2021, 10 a.m. to noon (PST). Includes live Q&A session. Register now
  • On-demand course:
    • Available online any time. 2 CEUs provided with ICC, AIA LU/HSW, BPI and OR CCB. To access this and other free on-demand courses on the BetterBuiltNW online training portal, you must login to your existing account or create a new account. Register now
  • Video training: 
  • Background materials:

    • Visit the Energy Code page for resources and information on permit application documents, tools, and compliance certificates.

2018 WSEC-R: Code Compliance Calculator

The Code Compliance Calculator is useful for volume builders who submit multiple building permit applications. It replaces the UA Alternative Worksheet (formerly referred to as the Component Performance worksheet) and includes the glazing schedule and the heating system sizing worksheet. Please see the readme file and video below for detailed instructions for using this form.

2018 WSEC-R: Multifamily Resources

The following recorded trainings provide guidance about multifamily components of the 2018 WSEC-R.

  • Video training:
    • Webinar recording of 2018 WSEC-R Multifamily Updates presentation to Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County in July 2020. Watch now (1 hr 11 min)
    • Webinar recording of Multifamily Build Tight, Ventilate Right presentation to Seattle Building Enclosure Council in Oct. 2020. Watch now (1.5 hrs)

Duct Testing & Design

2018 WSEC-R: Duct Testing

WSEC requires duct testing if HVAC ducts are located outside the conditioned space. This training is designed for industry professionals involved in duct installation and code officials directly affected by this code requirement. HVAC technicians who participate in this training can contact us at energycode@energy.wsu.edu to request an exam. Once they pass this exam, they will receive a certificate documenting completion of the minimum requirement to test ducts for WSEC compliance.

This training does not certify individuals to test ducts for the Northwest ENERGY STAR Program or Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS). Technicians who can verify that they have successfully completed duct testing training provided by the Northwest ENERGY STAR Program or from PTCS are not required to take this course.

2018 WSEC-R: Heating & Air Conditioning System Inside Options

Join our partners at BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage for this no-cost 1-hour online training.

  • Video training:
    • Video with no CEUs provided. Watch now (1 hr) and download slides (pdf) (links coming soon).

Building with Ducts in Conditioned Spaces

Join our partners at BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage for this no-cost 2-hour online training designed to help NW builders, architects, designers and HVAC contractors learn how to design and build with ducts located inside a home's conditioned envelope. Participants will analyze and be able to apply six different strategies for building with ducts inside.

  • On-demand course:
    • Available online anytime. 2 CEUs provided with ICC, AIA LU/HSW, BPI and OR CCB. Register now.
  • Background materials:

Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality

2018 WSEC-R: Build Tight & Ventilate Right

Join our partners at BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage for this no-cost 2-hour online training designed to provide building industry professionals with options and techniques to meet and exceed the 2018 WSEC-R. The training also provides insights on the business benefits of meeting/exceeding the energy code, and analyzes the value propositions for using a home energy rater or consultant to help you qualify for tax credits and incentives.

  • On-demand course:
    • Available online anytime. 2 CEUs provided with ICC, AIA LU/HSW, BPI and OR CCB. Register now.
  • Video training:
    • On-demand course video with no CEUs provided. Watch now (2 hrs) and download slides (pdf) (links coming soon).

2018 WSEC-R: Balanced Ventilation with ERVs & HRVs

Join our partners at BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage for this no-cost 2-hour online training.

  • On-demand course:
    • Available online anytime. 2 CEUs provided with ICC, AIA LU/HSW, BPI and OR CCB. Register now.
  • Video training:
    • On-demand course video with no CEUs provided. Watch now (2 hrs) and download slides (pdf) (links coming soon).

Air Sealing & Building Envelopes

2018 WSEC-R: Efficient Building Envelope Options

Join our partners at BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage for this no-cost 1-hour online training. 

  • Video training:
    • Video with no CEUs provided. Watch now (1 hr) and download slides (pdf) (link coming soon).

Energy-Efficient Building Best Practices

Join our partners at BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage for this no-cost 3-hour online training and learn the latest and greatest techniques being used today to build energy efficient homes. Participants will gain practical insights from the job site that every builder must know to keep pace with building code changes and ahead of homebuyer expectations. This training breaks down 10 building approaches (Design, Super Air Sealing, High-R Walls, High-R Ceilings, Windows, Ducts & Distribution, Fresh Air Ventilation, Appliances & Lighting, Mechanical Systems, Solar PV) into a spectrum of "Good, Better & Best" practices for quality home construction. The Washington version of this training presents code overview information and clearly identifies areas where the code aligns with this Good, Better or Best spectrum.