Training

Each year, MEEA develops the Building Science Training Series (BSTS) to help residential contractors and energy auditors prepare for Illinois Home Performance, stay up to date with the latest building science techniques, and earn BPI Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Each course provides BPI CEUs.

Upcoming BSTS Courses:

Uncontrolled Airflow Training

  • When:  Friday, March 24th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Location: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd., Ste. 128, Naperville, IL 60563
  • Instructor: Joe Konopacki
  • 1 BPI CEU
  • 4 Hour Course
  • Cost: $44; Breakfast and class materials included

Keeping homes dry and warm is essential for an effective controlled environment. Controlling air flow has been overlooked as a key aspect of achieving these goals. This class explores an often overlooked aspect of the home which contributes significantly to its complex behavior – air flow. Disparate systems within the home are linked through their interactions with the indoor air.  Without proper consideration, unintended consequences can lead to discomfort, dangerous conditions, structural durability issues, and poor indoor air quality.  To register, click HERE

Attic & Crawlspace Ventilation Training

  • When: Tuesday, April 4th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Location: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd., Ste. 128, Naperville, IL 60563
  • Instructor: Joe Konopacki
  • 1 BPI CEU
  • 4 Hour Course
  • Cost: $44; Breakfast and class materials included

Ventilation is used to manage moisture and heat in attics and crawlspaces, yet most ventilation is undersized and poorly incorporated.  As many as 4 different trades must coordinate on a new home to properly ventilate the attic.  A lack of coordination results in most attics being poorly ventilated – leading to mold growth and structure deterioration.   While attics and crawlspaces are physically connected to a home, the air, moisture and pollutants in these spaces should not be exchanged with the rest of the home.  The attic and crawlspace ventilation must be separate from the fresh air exchange to the living space.  To register, click HERE.

BPI 1200-S-2015 Standards for Existing Homes Assesments 

  • When: Friday, March 17th, 9:00 am - 12 pm
  • Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway Park Ridge, IL 60068
  • 2.0 BPI CEU
  • 3 Hour Course 
  • Cost: $30

If your BPI certification is up for renewal or you would like a better understanding of the BPI Standards, this course is for you.The biggest changes include: - Combustion Safety Testing, Updates to Health and Safety, Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation, and Field Exam changes. To register, click HERE

BPI010 Healthy Homes Evalutator (HHE)

  • When: Tuesday, April 11th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location: IL- AEA Midwest, 3025 North Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
  • Instructor: Steve Marchese
  • 3.5 BPI CEU
  • 7 Hour Course
  • Cost: $200

The Healthy Homes Evaluator assesses and characterizes home-based environmental health and safety hazards by integrating qualitative observations with quantitative diagnostics to determine and prioritize recommendations that address existing and potential hazards. This one day training builds upon the existing knowledge of BPI Certified Building Analysts, Energy Auditors, and Quality Control Inspectors by providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to conduct an in-depth audit and analysis of key environmental hazards including: asthma triggers, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), lead-based paint, asbestos, radon, carbon monoxide, pest management issues, as well as potential fire and trip and fall hazards. To register, click HERE.

Note: In order to be eligible to challenge the BPI Healthy Homes Evaluator Exam, candidates must possess one of the following certifications:
BPI Building Analyst Professional
BPI Energy Auditor
BPI Quality Control Inspector

ASDP001 Air Sealing and Dense Pack Insulation Training

  • When: Tuesday, April 4th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Where:  IL- AEA Midwest, 3025 North Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
  • Instructor: Steve Marchese
  • 3.5 BPI CEU
  • 7 Hour Course
  • Cost: $0

Effective air sealing and dense pack insulation installation begins with understanding the science behind air and heat movement, and the ability to utilize diagnostic tools to develop strategies for locating and eliminating air leakage pathways prior to installing insulation material. This hands on course provides participants with the skills needed to select, properly install, and verify effectiveness of air sealing materials, and the knowledge and practical skills needed to properly install and achieve dense pack insulation. This class will expose participants to all aspects of the process, from proper job site setup, material selection, and equipment handling, to identifying common obstacles, and providing quality control techniques that will ensure durability and effectiveness. To register, click HERE

OSHA001 OSHA Confined Space Requirements Training 

  • When: Tuesday, April 25th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Where:  IL- AEA Midwest, 3025 North Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
  • Instructor: Steve Marches 
  • 6 Hour Course
  • Cost: $75

Many workplaces contain areas considered by OSHA to be confined spaces; they have a limited means for entry and exit, are not designed for continuous occupancy, and can be entered by a worker to perform certain jobs or tasks. OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA outlines the requirements for practices and procedures to protect workers engaging in work activities in and around one or more confined space. This one-day training will provide participants with an overview of the standard, how to identify a confined space, how to determine if a confined space is a permit required confined space, and outline the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees working in confined spaces. To register, click HERE

 

Be sure to also check out our Training Calendar for other building science classes, including local BPI training.

What students are saying about the training series:

I just wanted to take a minute and thank you guys for holding the Sales and Marketing Seminar for contractors in the energy efficiency industry. It was jam-packed with useful information that has really started to make a difference for me now, about 2 months later. I would say that I struggled to apply the information at first, but not due to the content or delivery method more so due to that I wasnt in a professional situation that warranted its use until now. Recently, I even called the gentleman who gave the seminar where he lives in California and he was kind enough to spend time to explain things to me that I was struggling with, and the result is that I am quite optimistic and confident at a whole new level in my ability to get the word out about my business. If you guys ever have him back, please let me know so I can nab a front-row seat! - Anthony G.