Author: Allison Paul, CIRB Research Director (www.cirbreport.org) The Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) is four-year high school construction trades program provided by the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF), currently active in 29 campuses throughout the state. BITA curriculum offers a well-rounded approach to construction training and exposure to...

By: William Allen, PhD   In California, energy efficiency requirements for new buildings are governed by the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which form part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. The requirements, commonly referred to as Title 24, are updated on a three-year...

Design Build Competition By: Jeremy Silva In April and May, the Home Builders Committee (HBC) and Sacramento Reginal Builders Exchange (SRBX) held two-day competitions for students to design and build a structure in Southern and Northern California. The competition was a fun but rigorous learning experience for students...

Visitors from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California as WISE representatives discussed innovative construction practices and building techniques at PCBC on July 26th, 2017.  Over 10,000 attendees listened to these experts speak on topics such as high performance wall and attic construction, envelope efficiency, and Title 24 energy code requirements. The WISE...

Click below to view a project video developed for ABC Green Homes, featuring discussion and visuals relating to high performance wall and attics in action.  View the video here: http://www.probuilder.com/home-building-advanced-framing-techniques...

Improved efficiency of HVAC systems is a key benefit of transitioning to high performance attics.  The functionality of these systems can be further enhanced by reconfiguring ducts as described in techniques developed under federal high performance building programs.  This article from Professional Builder magazine explains.  Read...