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: 

Attic & Crawlspace Ventilation Training

  • When: Wednesday, April 12th, 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.

ASDP001 Air Sealing and Dense Pack Insulation Training

  • When: Tuesday, April 18th, 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 Marchese
  • 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

HVAC - Quality Installation & Performance Metrics

  • When: Friday, May 5th, 9 am - 3 pm
  • Where: Priority Energy, 538 Busse Hwy., Park Ridge, IL 60068
  • Instructor: Pasquale Giovane
  • 3.5 BPI CEU
  • 6 Hour Course
  • Cost: $100

This session is designed for anyone who tests, installs, or services mechanical systems, including HVAC contractors. We will teach participants how to bring an HVAC system as close to 100% capacity as possible.  To register, click HERE.

Building Science Principles Training

  • When: Tuesday, May 9th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd., Suite 128, Naperville, IL 60563
  • Instructor: Joe Konopacki
  • 6 BPI CEUs
  • 8 Hour Course
  • Cost: $199

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 systems of the home. Learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home.  This non-technical BPI certificate is first step toward understanding & improving whole-house building performance. Perfect for sales people, admin personnel, architects or anyone who needs to know about building science, but may never need to perform testing.  To register, click HERE.

BPI 1200 Training

  • When: Tuesday, May 16th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd., Suite 128, Naperville, IL 60563
  • Instructor: Joe Konopacki
  • 4 BPI CEUs
  • 8 Hour Course 
  • Cost:$144

BPI revised its Building Analyst Standards in 2014, renaming it BPI 1200 and posting its final revision January of 2016.  While much of the content is essentially the same, there are changes from the old BA Standards.  This class will review the BPI 1200 standards, with special attention paid to the changes.  Anyone preparing for BPI certification or re-certification, would benefit from this class and discussion.  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.