Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
Position yourself as a market leader. The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference provides one central hub where builders, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and the industry can find the latest tips, trends, and technologies to put you above your competition. The conference is powered by two strong partners: Slipstream and the Wisconsin Builders Foundation. Slipstream brings nationally-recognized expertise in quality construction, energy efficiency and building science for health while the WBF brings Wisconsin's most successful home builders and leading suppliers. You will have the opportunity to connect with top experts in your industry and get continuing education credits while you’re at it.

Below you'll find a selection of Slipstream's residential trainings housed in our new Learning Management System, Coassemble. You'll need to create a free account to get access to these trainings. After completing the registration form, check your email for your invitation to Coassemble. You only need to register once! After you're in, you can browse the courses alphabetically or search by title. You can also return to this page and click on the courses below to be taken directly to the course after logging in.
Webinar - Basements

Building a Better Basement

In this session we will take a hard look at below grade walls and what it takes to properly manage the potential for bulk water intrusion and keeping the indoor environment dry, healthy, and safe. We will look at the primary issues; condensation and bulk water intrusion. Understanding the physics of both new and existing below grade wall assemblies, we will uncover the root issues and identify two distinct strategies that work with water rather than against it to ensure a truly durable and enduring assembly.

Webinar - Ducted mini splits

Ducted mini splits applications and performance

This session explores both ductless and ducted mini splits, with a focus on the latter. Performance and operation for cooling and heating is discussed, with a focus on cold climate heat pump operation. Case studies on basic installations for older homes and on inverter-driven ducted mini-split systems are shared, highlighting the impact they have on low load, high-performance homes.

Webinar - Windows and walls

Advancements in window and wall technology

Windows are one of the most important features of a building envelope, allowing us to maintain a connection with the outdoors while we remain comfortable and safe indoors. The window industry has been challenged to deliver see-through products that provide energy efficiency, occupant comfort, safety, beauty and low maintenance. This session explores the elements of window design for energy performance and looks at advancements that have been made to meet ENERGY STAR® target levels for windows and doors.

Webinar - Waterproofing basements

Waterproofing existing basements from the inside

For years, the question of waterproofing from the inside has dogged Peter. He kept hearing about all sorts of coatings that could “negative-side” waterproof, but didn’t know how to compare the anecdotes to building science. In this session, Peter cuts through the hype and the misdirection of standardized testing and figures out what works, what doesn’t and why. Check it out to see what stands up to the Wingnut Water Test!

Webinar - Wall assemblies and details

High performance wall assembly and details

Wall assembly details like corners, deck connections, fastening schedules, tapes, window bucks, furring strips and cladding attachment present challenges. Our presenter is a nationally recognized green design and building expert who set out to determine if there was a simple high performance wall system to resolve these challenges in new construction, remodeling and retrofit situations. Join us to hear the results of his extensive pursuit. He’ll walk through each layer of wall assembly and share lessons learned, as well as the strategies and materials behind this new approach he’s dubbed the 'awesome wall.’

Webinar - Radon control

Radon control options for new home construction

Take an in-depth look at radon control systems for new homes and better understand why effective radon control is key to occupant health, safety and comfort. Following the specifications set forth by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, this course teaches you how to incorporate a radon control system into home construction projects.

Webinar - Modern framing techniques

Modern framing techniques that work

Are you a skeptic when it comes to advanced framing techniques? Our expert presenter has been working with them for nearly a decade. He’ll share his real-world experiences and discuss the pros and cons of advanced framing systems. Are you looking for better-than-code energy efficiency, improved strength and cost savings? Join us.

Webinar - Building optimal customer-centric homes

Building the optimal customer-centric home: envelope assemblies, mechanical systems and the sale

Join us to learn how to reframe the conversation and discuss the concept of a perfectly efficient home. We'll focus on meeting your customers' lifestyle desires while using every available dollar to generate the greatest savings. The key structural and mechanical components of a home will be reviewed; and we'll explain how to analyze the options available so that you can help your customers make the right building decisions.