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‘Builders’ Workshop’ Series Offered by Penn College, Penn State


“Cure for the Common Callback,” a popular seminar addressing building-science and quality-control issues, will be the first in a series of “Builders’ Workshop” programs offered around the state October through March by the Pennsylvania Housing Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University.

The PHRC serves the home-building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by conducting research, fostering the development and commercialization of innovative technologies and transferring appropriate technologies to the housing community.

“This year’s workshops will be offering content that is specifically designed to meet the needs of new-construction builders and builders in remodeling or residential construction,” said PHRC Director Bill Van der Meer. “We are pleased to be actively involved with builders and builders” associations in sponsoring and presenting these workshops.”

In October, the PHRC has scheduled two sessions of “Cure for the Common Callback,” the highly successful and nationally renowned seminar produced and distributed by the Energy Efficient Builders Association. This workshop targets expensive and time-consuming callbacks by examining solutions that prevent common callback problems, thus increasing profits.

The “Cure for the Common Callback” will be presented in the Allentown area on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fogelsville. The seminar will be held in the Harrisburg area on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, New Cumberland.

The “Cure for the Common Callback” examines fundamental building science and identifies the building dynamics that cause energy, comfort, moisture and air-quality problems. Building-science and quality-assurance issues are key components in this workshop.

Pittsburgh will be the location for the Wednesday, Nov. 1,workshop entitled, “Preventing and Solving Moisture Problems.” This workshop has consistently received high marks from participants and is being offered again at the request of regional builders’ associations. The content of this class includes, but is not limited to, moisture control, rain-control strategies, and dealing with built-in moisture and interior sources of moisture.

A list of other programs to be offered regionally by sponsoring organizations and a schedule of the workshops are available through the PHRC at Penn College. The “Builders” Workshop” series will include “Building with Engineered Wood Products,” “Preventing and Solving Moisture Problems” and “Adaptable Housing.” Any b uilders” association wishing to sponsor a regional workshop at no cost to its organization will have the opportunity to offer its members a reduced registration fee.

I n addition to the “Builders’ Workshop” series, the PHRC at Penn College will offer an “Overview of the Uniform Construction Code” session on Tuesday, Oct. 17, on the main campus of the College from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information on these workshops, or to learn how to sponsor a workshop, please contact the PHRC at Penn College by phone (570) 327-4768; fax, (570) 320-5239; or e-mail .

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