Home-building, buying class scheduled

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

Are you planning to build, buy or remodel a home anytime soon? Regardless of whether you are in the planning stage or the dreaming stage, Cooperative Extension Service is offering a class you won't want to miss.

On March 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College, Rich Seifert, University of Alaska Fairbanks energy and building specialist, will offer the class entitled "Cold Climate Building Techniques." Although the class is free we are requiring registration as the class size is limited to 30 participants.

"You will learn about how a house works, what technical features are crucial in your specific Alaska context, and the maintenance requirements and procedures for an Alaska home," Seifert said. "You also will learn about design features to assist in recognizing quality aspects of housing construction as well as some information on home financing. The information included in this workshop is based on the Alaska Housing Manual and the mortgage incentives offered by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation."

The class syllabus for the class is posted on the Alaska Energy and Housing home page at www.uaf. edu/coop-ext/faculty/seifert. Click on "resources" and you will find Cold Climate Building Techniques.

I have taken this class before myself and found the information on how a house works especially useful. Seifert will cover heat flow, air flow, moisture flow and sound transmission. He also will provide helpful information about determining if a home is of high technical quality.

Other topics to be addressed will be air, weather and moisture barriers, walls, windows, doors, attics and roofs. Seifert will discuss ventilation systems, heating and hot water options.

Participants will receive numerous handouts on subjects such as retrofitting. These include, "Retrofit Insulation in Wood Roofs", "Retrofit Insulation in Concrete and Masonry Walls" and "Retrofit Insulation in Existing Wood Walls."

Participants also will receive the House Planning Handbook.

"This the best single source of interior home design and planning information to help you organize your thinking and make decisions about your home's interior design and access," Seifert said. "This is a major resource and design tool. The book emphasizes space needs, planning for activities and providing a functional and comfortable living environment."

To register for the class, call the Cooperative Extension Office at 262-5824 or (800) 478-5824. Space is limited.

Linda Athons is an agent at the Alaska Cooperative Extension Office. She is a home economist and involved in the 4-H/Youth Development programs. The Kenai Peninsula District Extension Office is at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna, AK. The phone number is 262-5824 or toll-free at (800) 478-5824.

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