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

 

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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Attic & Crawlspace Ventilation
CEUs: 2 BPI 
When: Tuesday, January 8, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas Building 1844 Ferry Rd, Naperville, IL 60563
Cost: $44
Course Description: 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.

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Air Leakage: The 3rd Most Destructive Home Issue
CEUs: 4 BPI & 3 IL Home Inspector CEs
When: Tuesday, January 29, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas Building 1844 Ferry Rd, 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.

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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.