High Performance Attic (HPA) and High Performance Wall (HPW) construction practices will soon become prescriptive requirements in California’s 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, creating challenges for the state’s homebuilding industry. The WISE program is designed to help accelerate learning and implementation of high performance building by training workers and providing a platform for the exchange of best practices and solutions from industry experts.
Attracting Skilled Labor: HPW and HPA training will help fill voids in the construction labor market by retaining and attracting trained, skilled laborers into the building industry. Participation in the WISE program will help builders gain access to workers with the right skillsets needed to build homes in compliance with current and future code requirements.
Reduce Warranty Claims: Participation ensures that builders will be properly trained on the installation of the new products required to meet stricter codes.This increase in installation knowledge may result in fewer claims resulting from improper installation.
Maintain Production Schedules: Installation techniques for high performance walls and attics can be perfected in a training environment rather than out in the field. The time and added expense of experimenting with new construction techniques can be avoided by practicing in advance of implementation.
Evaluate Emerging Technologies and Tradeoffs: High performance walls and attics may be
achieved through the use of a variety of novel building technologies. Participation in the WISE program will expose builders to the latest products and techniques used to meet code, and explore opportunities to reduce costs and optimize performance.
Ahead of the Curve: National builders can use the lessons learned from WISE to improve above-code building performance wherever their projects may be, adding value to homes where energy efficiency is in increased demand from consumers and local governments.
Provide Feedback: Builders will be able to provide product feedback to manufacturers improving the quality and performance of solutions available on the market. This collaboration will help the manufacturers provide improved products, and solutions which better suit the needs of builders
Smooth Transition: By being exposed to the HPW and HPA practices in advance, builders will be better prepared for the code changes. This will help to ensure that a builder’s business continues as planned and any issues/questions that they have can be addressed while these practices are still considered above code.