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The Awesome Wall: A Better Way to Build

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit |  MN Building Official Credit |  Energy
Michael Anschel
1 Hour
Audio and Video
Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.


Wall assembly details like corners, deck connections, fastening schedules, tapes, window bucks, furring strips and cladding attachment present challenges. Michael Anschel is a nationally recognized green design and building expert who set out to determine if there was a simple high-performance wall system to resolve these challenges in new construction, remodeling and retrofit situations. Join us to hear the results of his extensive pursuit. Michael will walk through each layer of wall assembly and share lessons learned, as well as the strategies and materials behind this new approach he’s dubbed the “awesome wall.”

Course Outline
  • Overview of traditional wall, control layers, and a few examples of other wall types
  • Step by step walk through of the Awesome Wall, control layers identification, explanation of how each layer works in concert
  • Methods of attachment for each layer, and important do’s and don’ts. Details on flashing components. Details on foundation to above grade wall. Details on deck attachment
  • Performance data modeling, testing, user experience, observations, and final thoughts

Learner Objectives

As a result of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role and placement of each control layer in the assembly (vapor, air, thermal, water)
  • Recognize the method of assembly and attachment to the home and of individual parts
  • Identify ventilation and flashing strategy.
  • Effectively understand the challenges and risks involved and how to minimize them
  • Learn the value of redundancies

Quiz Info

After the course, you will need to take a 10 question quiz. To pass the quiz, you will need to get a score of 70% or higher.

Credit Info

This course has been approved for one hour of MN residential contractor, remodeler, and building official continuing education by the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry and includes the required Energy credit, and one hour of WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier CE by the Wisconsin Dept. of Safety & Professional Services. If you are eligible to receive continuing education credits, your information will be electronically reported to the appropriate agency within 7 business days of course completion.

Access Info

Your online course is accessible 24/7. The course will be available to you for 180 days from purchase date.

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Michael Anschel is a nationally recognized expert on Green design, remodeling and building, writes, trains, and speaks for various publications and events around the world. His building assemblies have been published in numerous publications including the US Department of Energy. He is the owner of OA Design-Build, an award winning nationally celebrated design-build firm, and CEO of Verified Green Inc. which consults with Local Government, product manufacturers, suppliers, builders, and architects on Green building. Michael successfully straddles the building, design, and green worlds by engineering profitability into sustainability. 

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