Training

Each year, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (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.

Course Offerings

 
Advanced Combustion Safety
CEUs: 4 BPI & 8 NATE
When: Thursday, October 18, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Where: Temperature Equipment Corporation, 2055 N. Ruby St, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Cost: $129
Course Description: Prevention is the key to avoiding Carbon Monoxide hazards in the home. Each year, thousands of people in the United States become ill or die from CO poisoning. Without full CO safety and combustion diagnostics there is no way of knowing whether a system is safe or efficient. Proper Combustion Safety Testing protects both the home owner and contractor. Insight's 1-day training course will provide you with the skills necessary to properly identify and inspect combustion appliances such as furnaces, space heaters, and water heaters that present potential health and safety hazards.

Learn to discover potential health/safety problems before and after the Retrofit process. Earn Continuing Education Units for the Building Analyst or HERS Rater Certifications.

 
 
Water Management & Humidity Control for Home Performance Professionals
CEUs: 4 BPI 
When: Friday, October 26, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
Where: Priority Energy, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $60
Course Description: The Chicago-area's extreme weather patterns have made it more important than ever for professionals in the home performance industry to understand the components of a building's "envelope" in relation to water management. Diagnosing moisture-related issues and high indoor humidity problems make up the vast majority of Priority Energy's calls. We, as home performance technicians, need to better address moisture problems before they lead to unhealthy indoor environments, compromised comfort and energy efficiency, and structural damage.

We will discuss:

- the basics of building science
- different construction methods; siding, masonry, veneers etc
- how moisture is transported and controlling water movement
- sealing a home or building
- humidity, RH and dewpoints
- air and vapor barriers
- the cost of poor building performance

Moisture management and humidity control are critical to creating healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable indoor environments and durable structures.

Our training includes classroom and hands-on lab training.

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Building Analyst & Envelope Professional
CEUs: 14 BPI
When: November 5th - 7th & November 12th - 14th 8:00am - 4:00pm
Where: 2200 Ogden Ave 500, Lisle, IL 60532
Cost: BA & EP - $2,695
          BA or EP - $1,895
Course Description: Insight offers an innovative 6-day class that combines both the BPI Building Analyst & BPI Envelope Professional training and testing during the same course. This class covers the principles of Building Science, methodology of Home Performance Testing, and Retrofit Contracting. The classroom presentations prepare you for the BPI written exams, while field training in three test homes prepare you for the BPI field exams. Course materials, access to equipment, mentoring, and testing fees are included. Have your business listed as a BPI Accredited Contractor and take advantage of the growing demand for qualified performance.
Please call 630-283-2248 to enroll.

 

Proper HVAC Installation & Performance Testing
CEUs: 3.5 BPI & 5 RESNET
When: Friday, November 16, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Where: Priority Energy, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $100
Course Description: This session is designed for anyone who tests, installs, or services mechanical systems, including HVAC pros! We will cover the steps needed to bring an HVAC system as close to 100% capacity as possible.

Course qualifies for 3.5 CEU credits for BPI and 5.0 CEUs for RESNET professioanls.

Includes how to:

- Test and/or prescribe the current operating efficiency of a duct system utilizing both prescriptive- and performance- based testing procedures, and using BPI-based qualitative measures and duct leakage testing.

- Test and/or prescribe the current operating efficiency of a forced air heating/cooling system utilizing both prescriptive- and performance-based testing procedures such as-

  • Static pressure measurements
  • Temperature rise measurements
  • Fan flow measurements through charts and testing

- Calculate total system efficiency, taking into account both the efficiency of the furnace, AC and the duct system

- How to make recommendations and calculate expected savings

- Learn to use the latest diagnostic equipment with hands-on training in our lab and test house.

Seating is limited. Reserve you spot today!

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BPI Building Science Principles 
CEUs: 6 IL Inspector CEs, 6 BPI CEUs, 8 NATE CEs, 8 NARI CEs
When: Wednesday,December 5, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Cost: $74-$199
Course Description: Would understanding the interactions of building systems and their effects on home performance assist you in your position or your business? Earning the Building Science Principles certificate is your first step into the world of energy efficient home performance. Building science demonstrates how various components of the home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understand the relationship between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances, and other home systems. Learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health & safety of occupants, and durability of the home. This non-technical BPI certificate is first step toward understanding and improving whole-house building performance. Perfect for sales people, admin personnel, architects, contractors, or anyone who needs to know about building performance, but may never need to perform testing.

Why is this course relevant to home performance contractors in Illinois and how does it address deficiencies or enhancements in the market?

The course is a broad overview of building science, residential construction, and home performance. Useful to support staff, sales people, or those considering technical certifications. Most people don’t know what they don’t know. This class shows them some of what they should be considering when modifying or improving homes.

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Duct Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier
CEUs: 8 BPI & 8 NATE
When: Wednesday, December 12, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Where: Temperature Equipment Corporation, 2055 N. Ruby Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Cost: $150
Course Description: This 1-day course is designed by the Midwest Home Performance Association (Formerly the IL Association of Energy Raters - IAER) to introduce the skills necessary to become a Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier, certified to perform the diagnostic testing required for new homes by the 2015 IL Energy Code. If you've been thinking about getting BPI or HERS Certified but can't yet make the investment, this DET Verifier certification can be your bridge into offering home performance testing services.

After successful completion of this course, you will be able to test the leakage of a building envelope and duct system, and evaluate the results as measured against Illinois code requirements. Specific topics include:
-Protocols for blower door and duct leakage testing
-Calculations for ACH50 and percent duct leakage
-Tips for successfully completing the written and in-field DET Verifier certification exams (must pass with a 75% on both written and field exams)

This Training Includes:
-DET Verifier Training Workbook
-Written DET Verifier exam
-In-field DET Verifier exam
-Certificate of course completion

*Students must bring a calculator for the field and written exam.

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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 wasn't 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.