New home construction workshop offered

Staff report

Instructor Peter Kulczyk Instructor Peter Kulczyk New Home Construction From Building Permit To Certificate of Occupancy is a full day course that will concentrate on construction of a single family home. The course is based on the 2015 Minnesota Residential Code and 2015 Minnesota Energy Code. It will use the example of the construction of one single-family home recently constructed in Minnesota.

Instructor Peter Kulczyk, who has three decades of experience in the construction and building code industry as an author, educator and expert in residential building codes, energy codes and green building practices, leads the class.

Focus will be on the permit process, plan review, alternative building materials and methods, footings, foundations, waterproofing, foundation insulation options, framing, water-resistive barriers, exterior envelope, wall and attic insulation materials, vapor retarders, interior air barriers, blower door testing, thermal barriers, unvented roofs, emergency escape and rescue, residential fire sprinklers, guards, means of egress, emergency escape and rescue, wood-plastic composite materials, interior finishes, best practices and green building consideration.

The State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has approved this program for seven continuing education credits (7 hours) for Minnesota licensed Residential Building Contractors and includes one hour of energy credit. It is also approved for seven hours of continuing education hours for International Code Council (ICC) certification renewal.

Skilled workers in the field of home construction are also encouraged to attend this program as another means to increase their knowledge of best construction practices. The class is also ideal for someone designing and building their own home as well as someone who will hire a contractor to do the project.

In addition to numerous certifications in the building field, Kulczyk’s past experience includes working with the International Code Council (ICC); as an instructor with the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI); as a municipal building inspector; and in various positions with residential and commercial construction companies in Minnesota.

Kulczyk has authored six books on residential building codes, energy codes and green building practices and standards. Kulczyk served in the United States Navy as a radar operator onboard the USS Reasoner. More information about Kulczyk is on his website,

The class will be offered Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Cook County Community Center. Early Bird registration continues to January 18. The fee is $105 for those who need a continuing education credit (CU) and $95 for those who do not. After January 18, registration is $125 for a CU credit and $115 without. Registration information materials are available at the Cook County Community Center.

Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), the Cook County Community Center, and other supporters are sponsoring this event.

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