Advancing Green Building and Building Science:
“The Keys to Managing Moisture”
A 2-day class with Peter Yost
October 31, 9a -5p
November 6, 8a – 4p

High performance buildings must manage BOTH heat and moisture, and with equal attention to the principles and details that govern each. Every professional in the building process – from structural engineers to architects to journeyman carpenters – must understand the basics of building science in today’s building industry.
This two-day training will be APPLIED building science specifically for building professionals, emphasizing real life / job site examples. Addressing concerns of vapor and water management, this course goes beyond energy efficiency to cover all aspects of health and safety in creating a sustainable home environment.
This course uses the web-based quite a bit. As part of the course, each participant will receive a 3-month full membership to the web tool, giving full access to all of its content.
NOTE: This syllabus is supported by an annotated Resources & Reference List with hyperlinks to web-based materials that will be used throughout the training and become part of the knowledge base participants take with them when the course is completed.
This course is 15 hours total contact time; 7 hours for Day 1; 8 hours for Day 2. 
Day 1

  • 9 am – Noon
    Building Science Principles in Practice
    (Powerpoint presentation with built-in Q&A)
    • Housekeeping and Orientation
    – Intros (using questions)
    – Using GBA
    • How does heat get around?
    • How does water get around?
    • How are the two related? (Psyc chart tutorial)
    • Does air flow get things wet or dry things out?
    • Does wood love the sun?
  • 1 pm – 5 pm
    Applying Building Science in the Field
    (Powerpoint presentation, built-in Q&A, software activity—Climate Consultant 5, Demonstration/Activity—Tools of the Trade)
    • How to “interview” building materials
    • How to “interview” building assemblies
    • How to “interview” buildings – Building assessments
    • Tools of the Trade: IR thermometers, moisture meters, blower doors, HOBOs, TEDs, DIY materials testing

Day 2

  • 9 am – 11 am
    Practice What We Preach
    (Powerpoint presentation with discussion and examples from the class)
    •    Yost remodel
    •    Local building investigations/results
  •  11 am – 1pm
    •    High Performance Below-Grade Assemblies
    •    High Performance Above-Grade Assemblies
    •    High Performance Roof Assemblies
    •    High Performance Mechanical Systems
  • 1 pm – 5 pm (bagged lunch on the road)
    Your Project(s)
    (Field trip with Tools of the Trade to do one or more local building assessment(s), based on course Building Assessment Form)
    •    Building assessments
    •    Solution sets
    •    Review and critique

Cost*: $395 SEON Member; $475 Non-member
Dates / time: Tuesday, October 31, 9a – 5p and Monday, November 6, 8a – 4p
Location: Windham Regional Career Center, Cusick Conference Room
Food provided: Early morning coffee, lunch, afternoon snacks

*For Vermont companies please contact us to see if you are eligible for Vermont Training Program assistance – potentially up to 50% of tuition.
For New Hampshire companies contact the NH Jobs Training Fund.
Both of these are time sensitive. Please make the above contacts ASAP.

If you have any questions, please email us at

    Instructor:  Peter Yost
He brings more than 30 years experience in building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance buildings to his twin roles as vice-president of technical services for BuildingGreen, and technical director for Taunton Press’s His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and building durability.

Peter has been called upon to provide this building-science expertise to leading building industry high performance efforts, including USGBC’s LEED for Homes and REGREEN, EPA’s WaterSense, DOE’s Building America, and IWBI’s WELL programs. Peter is a Lecturer for Yale’s graduate program in Forestry & Environmental Studies, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Certificate program, and Research Associate with the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Construction and Technology program. A LEED AP, he is a past co-chair of the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program, and a certified instructor/course author for the NAHB Advanced Green Building: Building Science certificate program. Peter’s work for BuildingGreen, Inc. includes both academic and vocational instruction, field research on building products, building investigations, construction document review, and technical research and writing.
Peter recently completed certification as an Accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP)/Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) – University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and Department of Engineering Professional Development (2016).
Finally, you are bound to discover this anyway, but Peter is a certified wingnut.

There are two ways to register:
1) Send a check (made out to SEON) to:
SEON, 532 Putney Rd., Suite 204, Brattleboro, VT 05301
2) Pay online with a debit or credit card using the button below.
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