As the construction industry continues to outpace mainstream economy in terms of job growth and wage earnings, young people are realizing the potential in a career in the building trades. At the same time, labor shortages and shrinking pools of skilled workers are putting contractors in a tough spot for meeting the demands of a consumer base that is becoming more savvy about high-performance and efficiency.

Investing in advanced builder training is a smart move for both an individual looking to break into the industry, as well as for companies wanting to remain competitive and innovative.

Specialty contractors consistently fetch wages and bids higher than their counterparts. Contractors who are sensitive to liability concerns around moisture driven damages and air tightness issues are looking for crew that know what red flags to look for on the site and which mistakes will cost more in the long run than others.

The Passive building standards used here in North America and abroad are basically a more demanding set of building codes, resulting in durable, resilient, healthy spaces. At Emu, we use the International Passive House Standard as our internal benchmark for working with clients all over the globe. This is simply because it is the most advanced codification of best-practice building envelope guidelines that exists.

We envision a future where the Passive standard is THE way we build, and our mission is to help close the gap to making that a reality.

If you or someone you know has basic construction knowledge, and wants to take it up a few levels, please consider advanced builder CPHT training.

Our next class is February 19-23, 2019, in Arvada, Colorado, located between downtown Denver and the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

It is designed for anyone in a position of having to survey a wide range of products and understand how they all interact with each other in an assembly. While much building science information can be gained directly from manufacturers, the reality of the situation is that heat and moisture move through layered products in very different ways.

By learning about the Passive way of designing and building, you understand where the red flags are in typical builds, what questions to ask your manufacturer reps, and what mistakes to catch in the architect’s design that may come back to bite you.

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