The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area's mission includes the support of educational initiatives within our community. With education as one of the foundations of our association, we offer a variety of opportunities and venues for professional development and education that include the following and more.

Upcoming Classes

Continuing Competency for Licensed Builders

If you received your Michigan Builders License before 1/1/09, you only need a 3-Hour Code/Law/Safety course to renew your license by May 31st.

If you were licensed on or after 1/1/09, you must complete 21 hours by your third year anniversary and another 21 hours by your sixth year anniversary, with a minimum of 3 hours per year.  After 6 years of licensing, you only need to take the 3 hour Code/Law/Safety once during each 3 year licensing cycle. Renewal deadline is May 31st.

During the seminar, the following mandatory topics will be presented in three 1-hour modules:   Safety, Codes, and Legal Issues.

Mar. 29, 2019
9am - 12pm

Mar. 29, 2019
1pm - 4pm

Apr. 12, 2019
9am - 12pm

Apr. 12, 2019
1pm - 4pm

CPR & First Aid Certification

Are you prepared to handle most jobsite injuries? Do you know what to do in case of an emergency?

Recent changes in the law require that contractors ensure that at least one person with a valid certificate in first aid training shall be present at each worksite to render first aid. In addition, where a single employee worksite exists, the employer is required to have a written plan that is communicated to all employees. Further, medically approved first aid kits are required on site.

Join us for a course that will provide you with the skills, knowledge and peace of mind that you can handle worksite accidents and emergencies. Upon successful completion of the class, you will receive the American Heart Association First Aid Certificate.

May 17, 2019
9am - 1pm

The REScheck product group makes it fast and easy for builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new homes, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC or a number of state energy codes. REScheck also simplifies compliance determinations for building officials, plan checkers, and inspectors by allowing them to quickly determine if a low-rise residence meets the code.

REScheck is appropriate for insulation and window trade-off calculations in residential detached one- and two-family buildings and multi-family buildings three stories or less in height above grade, such as apartments, condominiums, and townhouses. REScheck works by performing a simple U-factor x Area (UA) calculation for each building assembly to determine the overall UA of a building. The UA that would result from a building conforming to the code requirements is compared against the UA for your building. If the total heat loss (represented as a UA) through the envelope of your building does not exceed the total heat loss from the same building conforming to the code, the software generates a report that declares your building is compliant with the code.

March 20, 2019
4pm - 5:30pm

Meet Your Instructor

McKenzie,  after pursuing an honors project in education, found himself at a career crossroads.  He promptly obtained his HERS Rater Certification and began seeking more opportunities for advancement.  He holds a degree in Renewable Energy with an emphasis on HVAC.  Building performance has now commanded his attention and he enjoys energy modeling and performance testing these projects.  After obtaining his Energy Star certification, he has been successful in registering a few local projects for Net Zero Energy.  McKenzie also has proven to be very successful in helping residential and commercial builders with the Commcheck and Rescheck processes for permit acquisition.  It is McKenzie’s mission to help builders implement a cost effective thermal envelope, complimented with energy efficient mechanicals, a ventilation strategy, and water reduction plan.  He also partners with numerous Habitat for Humanity Affiliates across Northern Michigan to help those needing a hand up.


Zero energy homes are just like any home—— except better. They are regular grid tied homes that are so air tight, well insulated, and energy efficient that they produce as much energy as they consume over the course of the year, leaving the occupants with a net zero energy bill, and a carbon free home.

A zero energy home is not just a green home or a home with solar panels. Is zero energy home combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency and on-site solar panels To produce a better home. Zero energy homes or alter comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes that are affordable to live in.

From move-in day and for as long as you own the home the cost of living in a zero energy home is lower than that of a comparable standard home. A zero energy home will protect you from a rapid rise in energy prices. Ten years from now, you’ll pay the same price you pay today to keep your lights on in your family warm. The price will be zero or next to zero.

April 17, 2019
4pm - 5:30pm

Electrocutions continue to be one of the leading causes of fatalities in construction.  This MIOSHA program will explain and illustrate the primary electrical hazards in and around construction.  There will be special emphasis on the importance of recognizing and eliminating hazards in order to avoid shock and/or electrocution in the work place.  Also covered in the program will be MIOSHA standards that apply to electrical hazards; what constitutes a fatal amount of current and when overhead lines need to be de-energized.   (Revised 05/23/11)


  • Explain the primary electrical hazards in construction
  • Review the MIOSHA standards that apply to electrical safety in construction
  • Explain ways to avoid electrical hazards in construction
Lunch will be provided.

High Performance Building Class IV

Most building professionals are aware that huge amounts of energy are still being wasted every day in homes due to  inefficient heating and cooling systems,  water heating equipment, leaky duct work, and poorly insulated and air sealed attics, walls and basements. However, the science and technology have improved significantly over the past decade.

The unique year-long High Performance Building Class IV will enhance your awareness of new products and methodologies when it comes to building an energy efficient home.  It is intended to provide building industry professionals with information about the newest techniques and products that can benefit your customers, our community and the environment.

The course will utilize the book Musings of an Energy Nerd: Toward an Energy Efficient Home by Martin Holladay which will be provided. Martin is among the most respected journalist in the field of green building.  Read Martin Holladay's bio here.

Class Schedule

Jan. 23, 2019

Feb. 27, 2019

Mar. 27, 2019

Apr. 24, 2019

May 22, 2019

Jun. 26, 2019

July 24, 2019

Aug. 28, 2019

Sep. 18, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

Dec. 18, 2019

Kingsley Lumber

$100 Special Gift Certificate courtesy of Kingsley Lumber & Hardware
for each student who successfully completes the course!


The HBAGTA is proud to work with these amazing educational partners to bring you a wider scope of classes.
From online classes to a more formal education, turn to the HBAGTA and our partners for your educational needs.



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Class Sponsorship Opportunities

Education is one of the HBAGTA’s Core Values:  We know a well-educated membership is the cornerstone of the home building industry.  We believe that the HBAGTA has the possibility and opportunity to facilitate learning for every member and that every member has the obligation to acquire new knowledge, skills, values, and habits to support the communities perception of our industry.

The following are the marketing opportunities associated with being an Education Course Sponsor:

  • Display table to promote your products and/or services to class attendees.
  • 1-2 minutes at the start of the class for a brief introduction to your company, products, and services.
  • Company logo on the HBAGTA Education webpage in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.
  • Company logo in the Tuesday Toolbox in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.
  • Company logo in any email or print marketing in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.

All Education Course Sponsorships are $150 each and are on a first come basis.

Contact Debbie with any questions, 231-946-2305.