Design and Build High Performance Walls and Roofs

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


California’s new Title 24 energy code all but requires high performance walls with exterior insulation as well as attics and roofs with multiple layers of insulation in what can seem to be in confusing and contradictory locations.

This class examines how to design and build high performance walls and roof assemblies that delivery energy efficiency and do not lead to water and moisture failures. In addition, this class will show a variety of solutions to relocate HVAC equipment and ducts from attics.

Steve Easley will use pictures from real world installations to illustrate the do’s and don’ts to building high performance walls and roof assemblies that are affordable and cost effective. This interactive class is designed to sort through the myriad of insulation system options in order to match the best insulation system to the type of structure.

Energy codes are requiring specific installation protocols for ensuring true insulation performance. This class also will explain installation and air barrier requirements by codes in order to develop appropriate specifications to meet these new codes and create buildings that perform with better real-world results


  • Understand how to correctly incorporate exterior-wall insulation over wood sheathing to ensure proper water/air barrier and flashing integration.
  • Learn how to design build energy-efficient, high-performance roof and attic assemblies to reduce the risks of premature roof failures; as well as relocation solutions to move HVAC systems out of attics.
  • Review how insulation works and sort “fact from fiction” regarding manufacturer claims.
  • Understand industry terminology and the differences between air barriers, moisture-vapor transmission, condensation, material permeability, and how these terms can help in selecting the best insulation system for achieving Title 24 requirements.


Steve Easley is a construction consultant specializing in energy efficiency and solving building science related problems. He speaks internationally to educate building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on optimal uses of energy efficient technologies, increasing quality of construction, sustainability, performance, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs.

Steve’s mission is to help industry professionals understand and implement technologies that make homes and buildings more energy efficient, durable, healthy and comfortable to live and work in. He has more than 30 years of industry experience with energy efficient technologies and the building industry.

Additional Details

This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Check-In: 8:30 AM with breakfast and lunch provided

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.