Shawna's leading a session at EnergyLogic's un-conference, RaterFest, this year (Sep 15-18). She gets to talk about her favorite subject: the knowledge gap.
Its been a constant thread through the last couple of decades: leaps and bounds in the understanding of building science, leading to a bunch of well-trained raters, evaluators, and builders. But the 'trickle down' training model leaves a whole lot of people in the value chain untrained and frustrated with what they don't know.
Introducing building science to trades and sales teams via cheap and cheerful on-demand, online courses (ahem, like ours) is one way of improving competency and building industry capacity. However, opportunities to build capacity arise in the field, when you're talking with the insulator, or the drywaller or the electrician, and every rater, evaluator and builder should take advantage of the chance to improve their outcomes by seizing the 'teaching moment'.
But here's the thing: most builders, raters and evaluators have a well-honed skillset that doesn't include a handy toolbox of adult training methods, and it's not likely that they're going to spend time and money to get one. So what to do, what to do? Well, that's what we're going to explore at RaterFest.