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

 
Ventilation Requirements in Homes & Buildings per ASHRAE 62.2
1.5 BPI CEUs
When: Friday, June 22, 2018, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $50
Course Description: This class will give attendees a general understanding of ventilation systems, both from a sizing and installation perspective. Energy auditors, building code officials, builders, and HVAC contractors should understand the basics.
 
Tips to Selling & Marketing High Performance Homes in 2018
1.3 BPI CEUs | 3 RESNET CEUs
When: Friday, June 22, 2018, 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $50
Course Description: The EPA’s Energy Star program was the first building science related program to fund and conduct detailed marketing assessments of key drivers of the Home Performance marketplace. Their research overwhelmingly points toward a perception of higher quality and better built homes. This course will provide participants the messaging better targeted to homeowners. Messaging around indoor air quality (IAQ), increased comfort and improved homes (aka decreased home maintenance). This course will enable participants to better market and sell their home performance related services (insulation, air sealing, and HVAC installation).
 
Air Sealing Techniques to Tighten the Envelope
3.5 BPI CEUs
When: Sunday, July 8, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: TBD
Course Description: Details to come.
Registration not available yet.
 
Proper HVAC Installation & Diagnostics
4 BPI CEUs
When: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: TBD
Course Description: Details to come.
Registration not available yet.
 
AIR LEAKAGE: The 3rd Most Destructive Home Issue
4 BPI CEUs 
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Cost: $44
Course Description: 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. Air flow affects indoor air quality, comfort, building durability, condensation, combustion safety, recurring mold, icicles and more. We will explore these and other issues and show how uncontrolled air flow can be the common link among many problems in homes. Air sealing solutions will also be presented. While "homes have to breathe", we will discuss what that means in a practical sense rather than it being a justification for sloppy installations and poor assemblies.
 
Air Sealing Techniques to Tighten the Building Envelope
3.5 BPI CEUs
When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WherePriority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $75
Course DescriptionThis one-day class is designed for anyone in the construction trade, but would be ideal for insulation crews. Your business will gain a competitive advantage when your people truly understand the science of building performance. Review construction terms, building envelope design and air leakage points.  We will cover easy-to-understand building science fundamentals, air sealing methods, and best practices. Hands-on demonstrations will take place in our on-site lab. Indoor air quality, comfort, ROI and other selling points will be discussed.
 
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.