For some time the Environmental Protection Agency had been toying with the idea of adding third party clearance testing to their Renovate, Repair and Paint Rule.  Currently the lead rule, which applies to homes built prior to 1978 and requires renovators and their firms to be certified in EPA’s lead-safe work practices, allows Renovators to perform their own visual clearance inspections following renovation work. If clearance testing were required, Renovators would no longer be able to perform their own visual inspections. Read More→

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 The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) has rolled out the new CCB Online Services for construction contractors. The new CCB Online Services replaces the current CCB myLicense utility.

CCB Online Services allows contractors online access to change their address, phone number and email. It also gives access to the CCB’s e-watch program—a monitoring program that contractors can use to check the license status of subcontractors. Read More→

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The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) has released its first online residential continuing education course. This is a one-hour course covering Residential Contracts, Contract Terms and Required Notices.  

Starting in October of this year, residential contractors must complete sixteen hours of continuing education in order to renew their Oregon Contractor’s license. This CCB course qualifies as one hour of Core credit towards the Laws, Regulations and Business Practices continuing education  requirement.  Read More→

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Building Exterior Shell Training (BEST), an online class available at www.homebuildersuniversity.com, is now available in classrooms around Oregon. To find a class near you, take a look at the Oregon Home Builders’ Education Calendar.

The classroom course is the same as the online version but instead of viewing the course on a computer, you view the course on the screen, like watching a movie at school. 

BEST is taught by Mark LaLiberte, a trainer, author and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in educating the home building industry. His unique style blends technical expertise with hands-on practicality. Read More→

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EPA is serious about educating consumers on the hazards of Lead Based Paint. Every contractor doing renovation work in any pre-1978 home must provide the EPA brochure “Renovate Right”  to both the homeowners and residents of the home before the renovation work begins. Failing to provide the brochure is costing companies thousands of dollars in fines.  

The brochure educates home owners and occupants on how to minimize exposure to hazardous lead dust that is often generated during sanding and cutting and other renovation activities. The brochure also provides resources for information about lead and minimizing lead hazards. Read More→

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Home Builders University has created a course explaining Radon Mitigation Techniques for new residential construction. The material in this course reviews the Oregon Residential Specialty Code requirements for single family homes, duplexes and townhomes built in seven Oregon counties. These requirements became effective April 1, 2011.

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified radon as a cancer causing agent and has developed techniques for radon mitigation in new home construction.

Until now, Radon mitigation was not required in Oregon, though some homeowners have requested mitigation measures when building a new home or incorporated measures into existing homes where elevated radon levels have been found. Read More→

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This new builder continuing education course explains changes to the Oregon Residential Specialty Code R703.1 and the new requirements for constructing an enhanced drainage plane. The course reviews building practices that comply with the revised code language. Potential challenges along with recommended methods to overcome these obstacles are also discussed as are reasons behind these code changes. Read More→
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Home Builders University is committed to bringing contractors and builders high quality, affordable education that helps you stay competitive and informed.

Recently, Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring licensed contractors to complete ongoing continuing education. This means that all residential contractors licensed with the Oregon CCB must complete 16 CE hours before each license renewal, after September 30, 2011.

The 16 hours of continuing education are divided between 8 elective house and 8 “core” hours. The core classes, determined by the CCB, include 3 hours on the building envelope, 2 hours on codes or green topics and 3 hours on business practices.

With Home Builders University, you don’t have to worry about trying to manage your busy schedule around class times. We offer courses on building envelope, construction law, code updates, lead paint and more 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The web-based interactive learning from HBU allows you to: Read More→

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Since Home Builders University is your source for home builder online courses, we want your feedback. What sort of classes or topics would you like to see in the future? Whether you have two hours or 20 to put towards continuing your education, Home Builders University can work around your schedule. Here is what we currently offer:

  • EPA Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Course: This class is for those who do work for compensation on homes or child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. Thanks to a new law, people who work in the aforementioned places now need to be Lead-Safe Certified. This course consists of a five-hour online session and a three-hour hands-on session that will get you certified and ready to work under the new regulations.
  • Building Exterior Shell Training: This course is taught by Mark LaLiberte and offers state-of-the-art information on preventing the most common construction errors.
  • Residential Construction Law: This class covers contractual provisions, indemnity law and legislative changes in Oregon that are related to construction. The course is a must for anyone wishing to stay up-to-date on the latest laws and regulations. Read More→

Mark LaLiberte is a trainer, author and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in educating the home building industry. Because of his unique style that blends technical expertise with hands-on practicality, Home Builders University has selected him to teach select on-demand home builder online courses.

LaLiberte speaks annually to over 8,000 builders across the nation at shows like the NAHB International Builders Show and the JLCLive Conference. He has also helped create program curriculum for an educational series called Houses That Work and worked as an advisor for the EPA ENERGY STAR Program and the DOE Building America Program. Throughout his career, he has continued to lend his expertise to those wishing to improve the home building industry.

LaLiberte recently teamed up with Building Knowledge to create an instructional DVD called “Building Better Homes” that focuses on green building. The DVD shows builders, architects and remodelers the latest tools and techniques for creating energy-efficient housing. With step-by-step guides, LaLiberte teaches people about every aspect of the process from choosing the site to installing the utilities. Read More→

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