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CSL Classes

Below is a list of the courses that we have offered through Holyoke Community College online, as well as in-classroom

Classes Can be Taken Online
or In-Class At The HBRA-WM Office



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Avoid Costly Construction Mistakes

Avoid Costly Construction Mistakes
Covers improper site preparation and grading, foundation mistakes, the benefits of water proofing vs. damp proofing, vapor retarders, backfill and control joints. Special attention to discussing sill anchor bolt placement, attached and free-standing decks and floor cantilevering, load bearing, proper house wrapping techniques, reroofing, ice barriers and dryer exhaust challenges.


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Builders Introduction to HVAC Systems - Old & New

Builders Introduction to HVAC Systems - Old & New
Comprehensive program on understanding the basic relationships of moisture in air, learning about the range of efficiency options available for HVAC systems today, heat pump operation, Building Code changes that apply to residential HVAC systems and the energy implications of the relationship between the building envelope and HVAC systems. At the conclusion of this program, you’ll possess more knowledge allowing you to make better decisions in selecting and installation of efficient HVAC systems and available governmental rebates.


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Building An Airtight Home

Building An Airtight Home
Covers the critical areas of air filtration and air barriers, blower door testing and metrics, framing an airtight house, and insulating and sealing an airtight house. Also includes a case study in addressing a real-world building envelope failure. Familiarize yourself with elements of planning and design of a super-insulated home, construction details, building testing during construction & building performance after completion.

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Construction Contracts and Compliance with MA General Laws Chapter 142A - Online

Construction Contracts and Compliance with MA General Laws Chapter 142A - Online
Of critical importance to Construction Supervisors and business owners, a review of the importance of written contracts, contract provisions to be included in construction contracts, requirements of 780 CMR as it relates to Mass Contracts, General Laws Chapter 142A, and compliance with Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 142A including rights of rescission, and lead paint issues.


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Fall Prevention and Silica Safety

Fall Prevention and Silica Safety
Learn how to keep your employees safe as well as yourself on-the-job. Leading causes of construction fatalities and serious injuries and how to prevent them are discussed. Includes demonstrations of the latest safety equipment on the market, fall prevention systems, training resources and OSHA compliance and expectations. Program concludes with reducing/eliminating silica exposure on the job site, protection measures and free training resources available.


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Keep Moisture Out & Flashing Techniques

Keep Moisture Out & Flashing Techniques
Covers Building Code flashing details and roof assemblies to prevent water intrusion. Includes the latest materials on the market to prevent moisture penetration and ice dams as well as non-compatible materials to be aware of. Special attention and discussion directed towards:
• roof valleys
• flashing challenges regardless of siding materials
• eliminating wall and window water penetration & exterior wall applied membranes
• proper flashing of decks and steps


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Lead Safety Isn't Just about Lead Paint

Lead Safety Isn't Just about Lead Paint
In depth presentation on lead-based paint, dust and debris, and the associated health risks and effects of lead exposure. Includes discussion on what homes have lead-based paint, the differences between EPA and MA regulations, on-site supervisors requirements, required documentation for employees, OSHA, required record keeping and appropriate construction practices.




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Mechanic's Lien and Compliance with Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 254

Mechanic's Lien and Compliance with Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 254
Learn how to protect your business. Course covers General Contractor Liens, Sub-Contractor Liens, including Tier I, Tier II and Tier III designations. Discussion includes Statements of Accounts, Partial Lien Waivers, Notice of Contract, Notice of Identification, Notice of Substantial Completion, General Lien Waivers and proper Notice of Lien Waivers.


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Residential IECC 2015 Energy Code Overview

Residential IECC 2015 Energy Code Overview
An overview of the major requirements of IECC 2015 and interpretation of what these new standards will mean in practice. What will builders have to do to comply with the new requirements? How will the standards affect HVAC contractors and code officials?


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