Most residential builders’ knowledge of how to build comes from on-the-job experience in the industry and training from either family members or mentor/apprentice relationships, whether formal or informal. The result of this situation has been a form of traditionalism in methods and the selection of materials. While traditions ensure the preservation and continuance of tried and true ways and means of building, traditionalism can result in a narrow conservatism that excludes new and improved methods and materials not known or available in the past. The purpose of this course is to survey some of the methods and materials that have proven themselves over the history of building in the US, as well as an introduction to some recent advances in the building sciences.
Course Format: Online