Course Description

This course is a practical skillset review for Home Energy Professionals (HEP). Seventy percent of the content of this course is based on the BPI Testing Knowledge List for the Building Analyst. The course includes a comprehensive review of building science, testing and data collection, and analysis.

This course has 8 contact hours and qualifies as 8 continuing education units (CEU) toward Home Energy Professional Recertification.

Course Agenda

  • Building Science and Quality Assessment Practices (2 hours)
    • Combustion Science
    • Principles of Combustion
    • Carbon Monoxide
    • Venting Appliances
    • Proper Vent Sizing
    • Combustion Appliance Draft
    • Combustion Air
    • Worker and Client Health and Safety
  • House as a System Review (2 hours)
    • Recognizing Home Components
    • Pressure Boundary/Thermal Boundary Alignment
    • Stack Effect, Thermodynamics, and Energy Transfer
    • HVAC systems review
    • ASHRAE 62.2
    • Zone Pressure Diagnostics
  • Lab Practice on the Following Skillsets (4 hours)
    • Combustion Appliance Zone Testing
    • CO Monitoring and Testing
    • Combustible Gas Leak Testing
    • Blower Door Testing
    • Mechanical Ventilation Analysis
    • Insulation Inspection
    • Duct Blaster Testing
    • Mechanical Equipment
    • Building Measurements
    • Draft Analysis
    • Watt hour meter use

Organization of Course

This is a lecture-lab course. Lecture topics are presented in the classroom setting followed by hands-on practice in the lab. The class is appropriate for students who have had a basic introduction to weatherization training. Student participation in discussions in the classroom and in the lab exercises is very important. This course is graded as pass/fail.

Grading Criteria and Passing Score

The course is evaluated on attendance and participation.

Audience

  • Private Contractors
  • Program Managers
  • Weatherization Professionals
  • Building Managers

Course Fees

  • $200 for the public
  • Free for associates of the Montana Weatherization Workforce

For additional information, please email Mike Roberty at: mroberty@montana.edu