Construction Skills Library

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Whether on our construction sites, at our ReStores, or at our office one of the greatest goals of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is to educate and share. We teach volunteers how to build homes and how recycling helps our mission and the environment. We teach visitors how stable homes can transform lives and how volunteerism can change whole communities. We teach partner families how to affordably purchase and maintain their homes.

This skill library is our online resource for extending these teaching opportunities to a much broader audience--and to put the power of learning about Habitat in your hands.  Each resource was curated based on OSHA standards, 2015 IRC code, product specifications, and our own internal best practices.

Please research as many topics below as interest you – and check back regularly to see which new topics have been added as we continue developing this resource.

Many of these presentations were created some time ago, however our commitment to the spirit of these practices has not changed.  Some specific practices have since been updated or expanded.  Your on-site supervisor will guide and confirm your work where these presentations may be out of date.

Building with Habitat

General overviews of our culture and commitment to sustainable building practices.

Introduction to Service

Introduction to Green Building

Safety on Site

All of these resources are meant to be paired with supervised work on site to practice application and implementation.

It is the responsibility of every visitor to every Habitat site to abide by all of the safety policies set out by HFHMD to ensure a safe work site and experience for everyone.

As such, it is the responsibility of every staff member and volunteer in a leadership role to be knowledgable of all pertinent safety policies, to implement, enforce, and inspect them, and to always lead by safe example.

Introduction to Safety

PPE and Safe Sites

Safe Tool Use

Heights Safety

Standard Work Practices

All of these resources are meant to be paired with supervised work on site to practice application and implementation.

Every home we build will be slightly different--unique in its combination of location, layout, color schemes, and details tailored to each family's specific needs and to fit within an existing community's style.

However, the quality and the types of details used need to be standardized so that every Habitat family receives the same high-quality finish.

Keeping to a set of established guidelines will also ensure that the materials ordered for each home are used efficiently in the correct locations, and will help keep homes within budget and affordable for families to purchase. 

To ensure consistency, encourage efficiency, and simplify the task of picking up where another crew left off, we hold all of our staff and volunteer leaders to these Standard Work Practices.

Framing: Walls

Framing: Roofs

  • Installing Trusses
  • Bracing and Subfascia
  • Sheathing

Home Dry-In

Siding Installation

Shingling

  • Preparation and Terminology
  • Flashing
  • Shingles, Ridges, and Valleys

Envelope and Insulation

Hanging Drywall

Interior Trim

Printable SWP Sheets

Home Dry-In