Self Reliance Announces New 6-hour in Person CSL Continuing Education Class

September 13th - For current CSL MA License Holders

From Self Reliance:

Self-Reliance is excited to offer a 6-hour Construction Supervisor Licence Continuing Education course that satisfies the new in-person requirement for renewing your Massachusetts CSL license. The first time it will be offered is Thursday, September 13th from 8:30 to 3:30 in Cataumet.


The course, The Systemic Nature of the Whole House-One Thing Leads to Another, provides a comprehensive look at the whole building as a system. As codes get more strict, houses get tighter and building materials and tools get better, the interrelationships of things becomes critical.  A remodeler is a “changer”, making alterations in the existing system, and to improve a home, one needs to go beyond the cosmetic changes and truly understand the implications to the system. For example, replacing windows will impact air pressure in the room, which affects air quality (which impacts occupant health) and moisture in the walls, as well as the balance of the HVAC system, and the heating and cooling loads of the house. More air may be drawn in from a newly constructed, attached garage so the existing water heater will not draft because the water heater can no longer get air coming from the leaky windows that have been replaced. Tightening up the living room may cause moisture problems in the bedroom or may cause the clothes dryer to no longer dry the clothes.

Understanding the system nature of the house can help a remodeler to:

  • Make a house healthier, more comfortable and affordable place to live in
  • Increase business by demonstrating to the homeowner that you can’t fix “just one” component
  • Improve quality of the work by addressing the system impacts

New construction that triggers the stricter energy codes, whether in a Green Community that has adopted the “stretch code”/performance path or the prescriptive path of the code, offers another host of challenges to builders. What is the best way to meet the code requirements now? How to choose and install HVAC technologies, energy recovery ventilators, heat recovery ventilators, system balancing, air sealing and insulation correctly to make code compliance easier and make the occupants’ indoor air quality healthier are aspects that will be highlighted in this course. Understanding the value of having a building tested and what incentives are available through the Mass Save programs for new homes to be more energy efficient will also help builders in their understanding of the support that exists to make compliance with the code easier all while making the homes more efficient, comfortable and healthy places to dwell.

This course provides 2 hours of code review, 1 hour of business practice, 1 hour of energy and 2 hours of electives, for a total of 6 required, in-person hours.

Paul Raymer, air quality expert, master instructor and building scientist extraordinaire,  will be teaching this course at the Self-Reliance office in Cataumet.

The cost for this course is $150.00

To register, call 508-563-6633 or go on-line to welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on