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Pre-Drywall Inspections & Testing to Verify Optimized Framing and Air Sealing, Grade Insulation Installation, and Help Prevent Callbacks
In this webinar, we will teach attendees about the specifics of pre-drywall inspections and testing. We will discuss the value of third-party pre-drywall inspections and testing for builders and raters, and how they can result in reduced callbacks. We will also examine how this aspect of the rating process has become increasingly important for consistency and defensibility for builders who choose an ERI Path for code compliance.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about the specific minimum rated features which can be verified at the pre-drywall stage of construction; specifically proper optimized framing, air sealing and Grade I insulation installation practices.
2. Understand the benefits to builders of third-party inspection and testing, measurable quality control, lower HERS scores, and reduced callbacks.
3. Learn about the benefits to raters of more consistent and higher quality ratings, as well as increased inspection revenue streams.
4. Become aware of the requirements of pre-drywall inspections for several Energy Efficiency Programs.

Aug 23, 2022 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Michael Arblaster
Systems Geek and Chief Data Aggregator @Harmony Home Energy
Michael Arblaster is the systems geek and chief data aggregator at Harmony Home Energy, an energy conservation and code consulting company, located in western Pennsylvania. Mr. Arblaster is a certified HERS Rater and QAD, BPI Building Analyst, and IECC Inspector with an EPA 608 Universal credential. He has dedicated the past dozen years to building science and data technologies and has enjoyed an interdisciplinary professional career in residential energy quality control, computer networking and data systems, and energy efficiency program management. Michael has a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems (MS3) degree from Slippery Rock University, with an undergraduate in Marketing and an Applied Science degree in HVAC. Experience in delivering numerous virtual and in-person presentations to a variety of stakeholders. Most recently presenting at last year’s RESNET Virtual Conference, and in-person presentation at the Penn State Housing Research Center (PHRC) conference.
Billy Giblin
Quality Assurance Field Specialist @RESNET
Billy Giblin is the Quality Assurance Field Specialist with RESNET. Billy Giblin has worked in the high-performance building and energy efficiency industry for over thirteen years. He started this work with a general contractor doing new and retrofit construction. Billy later earned a degree in Energy Management. He went to work with Nexant in 2010, providing quality assurance for utility new home programs and state existing home programs. Billy has been an active HERS Rater since 2011 and is a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee. He has completed over a thousand QA field inspections and performance tests of HERS rated new homes. Billy played a prominent role in Utah in HERS Rater training, mentoring and technical support, as well as providing QA, training, and technical support to builders and trade contractors. As RESNET’s Quality Assurance Field Specialist, Billy travels around the country and works with the RESNET Provider and Rater network to mentor and create greater consistency.