In this training, Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr present best practices for applying building science concepts to crawlspace design. Topics include proper techniques and materials for vapor retarders, air barriers, and insulation, as well as compliance with building and energy codes.

This course consists of a video training, a slide deck and an exam.


After successful completion of this training and exam, participants will be able to:

  • Apply building science concepts to common failures seen in vented crawlspaces
  • Illustrate the proper techniques to creating a wonderful crawlspace
  • Select the correct materials for vapor barriers, air barriers, and insulation
  • Predict potential failures of conditioned crawlspaces
  • Design a crawlspace that complies with building and energy codes


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET and will attain the certificate Southface Certificate of Completion B.


Mike Barcik | Technical Principal

Mike Barcik is a Technical Principal at Southface and has been with the organization since 1995. With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and led thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He’s active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,500 individuals in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, and in 2010 he helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 and later energy codes. Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M and Homes, as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs. Mike co-authored Decatur Georgia’s High Performance Building Ordinance which requires third-party certification for new and substantially renovated single-family, multi-family and commercial projects.




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