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Challenges of Maine’s New Building Codes

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WOOLWICH – Openings are still available for the summer 2010 sessions of the Design/Build and Purely Post and Beam classes, both of which will be held at the Institute’s Woolwich campus. The Purely Post and Beam class will be held June 20-25th, while the Design/Build class will be held August 2-13th. In addition to providing those already practicing in the industry with updated International Building Code information, each course is worth 3 transferable general credits at the University of Southern Maine. Online registration and more information is available for both classes at www.shelterinstitute.com.

Starting in July 2010, sweeping changes will affect Maine’s building and construction industries as Maine’s newly adopted model building and energy codes go into effect. In response to these changes, Shelter Institute has updated two of its summer classes, Design/Build and Purely Post and Beam, to assist students in figuring out the newest building codes, which will affect those in a variety of professions associated with the building and design industries.

In addition to building code basics, Purely Post and Beam students will learn all of the skills needed to create their own timber frame structure including: designing, joinery, assembling and erecting a timber frame. This is Shelter Institute’s most popular class, and for good reason, as student Eric Jorgens found: “We came from far to attend your September 2009 class and it was worth every mile traveled. Amazing how much we learned in one week! And we had a great time.” The tuition for this summer’s five-day Purely Post and Beam class is $975 per person, or $1500 per couple.

Shelter’s two-week Design/Build class teaches students the essential concepts needed to build or renovate a home: site planning, foundations, framing, wiring, plumbing, insulation, weatherization, roofing, heating/cooling/alternative energy, and building codes among others. Pat Hennin, CEO and co-founder of Shelter Institute, calls the Design/Build class, “the single most important learning experience students will ever have.” Tuition is $1025 for individual students or $1650 per couple.

Shelter Institute has taught people how to design, build and live in energy efficient homes for over 35 years. During that time more than 20,000 people have taken one of Shelter Institute’s classes. Founded by Pat and Patsy Hennin, the Institute’s focus is to provide people with the ability and knowledge to live smarter through understanding home planning and ownership. And for those students like Eric Jorgens who visit the Midcoast area to participate in a Shelter Institute class, the organization’s staff are always available to help find accommodations to suit their preferences and budgets.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Bleuberry Hennin

Telephone Number: (207)442-7938

Website: http://www.shelterinstitute.com

Email: blueberry@shelterinstitute.com