Course Descriptions

Advanced Air Sealing

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites: None

Description:

This rigorous one-day class emphasizes the importance of effective air sealing within the Weatherization Assistance Program. Focusing on known techniques and theory we will examine and implement how to detect air sealing opportunities and common leakage sites, determine appropriate tools and materials needed for air sealing, discuss air sealing guidance and best practices, and verify that an effective air barrier has been established. This course is a combination of classroom, lab, and field air sealing components.    

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Describe the function and location of pressure and thermal boundaries

  • Summarize the basic concepts, theory, and principles of air leakage

  • Identify access to specific air sealing work areas

  • Apply protective measures and cleaning practices while working on the home

  • Recognize signals of compromised pressure and thermal boundaries

  • Characterize common air sealing tools, materials, and material characteristics

  • Categorize air sealing opportunities and common leakage sites

  • Explain basic blower door functionality to verify an effective air barrier has been established

  • Describe treatment options for walk-up attics and other unique air sealing details

Air Sealing & Dense Pack Wall Insulation

BPI CEU’s: 6.50

Prerequisites: None

Description:

Proper air sealing and insulation techniques work hand in hand to achieve a high degree of energy efficiency. In this two-day class we will examine proper air sealing techniques by outlining not only the need to perform quality air sealing but what materials to use and where to use them. This course will also examine how to properly dense pack exterior walls with cellulose insulation. This technique combines the best of both worlds in obtaining air sealing and a higher R-value of wall insulation at the same time. Proper machine set-up, probing walls and tubing techniques will be covered so that the maximum R-value in the exterior walls can be obtained.

Included and required as a part of this course is a one-day class entitled Weatherization for Shell. This class will examine the guidance provided by the Department of Energy [DOE] regarding training requirements for personnel working within the Weatherization Assistance Program [WAP]. The focus of this class is to lay out the flow of requirements, examine roles and responsibilities, and review next steps for Michigan’s Weatherization Change Vision.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the need for proper air sealing

  • Learn proper air sealing techniques as well as materials to use

  • Learn proper dense pack wall insulation methods

  • Gain an understanding of the rules governing WAP training

  • Review Michigan’s Change Vision for WAP

  • Examine Michigan’s goal of advanced Weatherization performance

ASHRAE 62.2-2016

 

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites: None

Description:

This one-day class is intended to provide a comprehensive perspective on ASHRAE 62.2-2016 compliance. Air sealing is a fundamental and necessary part of Weatherization that often leads to the home being tighter than is prudent to maintain healthy indoor air quality (IAQ). We will address the “whys,” the need for ventilation, and hopefully answer the question: “When do we stop air sealing?” Mechanical ventilation replaces this lack of natural air exchange. As occupant ventilation will be required on most homes, there are multiple options that can be used for compliance such as bath fans, range hoods, in-line fans, HRVs and ERVs. This class will cover requirements of the standard, equipment selection criteria, installation issues, controls, operational testing, and client education. Also discussed will be data input for ASHRAE calculators.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Review requirements listed in the standard

  • Discuss how air sealing and ASHRAE interact

  • Explore equipment and control options for compliance on a variety of home types

  • Look at installation concerns and operational testing

  • Reinforce the importance of client education

CAZ Pressure Diagnostics

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites: None

Description:

This one-day class is designed for Auditors and Technicians who are responsible for performing CAZ pressure diagnostics and affecting repairs.  We have long been familiar with the term “worst case” draft testing and H&S has always been our first consideration when performing CAZ pressure testing.  While H&S is our primary concern, there are also building durability, comfort, IAQ and efficiency issues that we must consider.  In this class we will discuss concepts and root causes of pressure issues along with CAZ testing procedures and equipment.  From a more complete perspective, participants will then be challenged to interpret diagnostic test results and identify appropriate repairs to help ensure that the building works in all respects. 

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Define the concepts behind how structural and mechanical systems interact in residential buildings 

  • Learn how pressure imbalances caused by these interactions create problems with health & safety, building durability, comfort and energy efficiency

  • Review all Auditor responsibilities regarding CAZ pressure testing and operational testing of appliances under “worst case” conditions

  • Explore how review of the CAZ pressure testing results can help drive work scope development and remediation of problems

Crew Leader

 

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of the following comprehensive Installer courses:

    • Advanced Air Sealing

    • Dense Pack Insulation

    • Foundation Insulation OR

  • Currently working as an installer with requisite experience (2 years)

Description:

This two-day class is intended to provide participants with the required knowledge regarding regulations, methods, processes, and the abilities required for individuals supervising shell projects in the DOE National Weatherization Program. We will cover planning the scope of work, preparation and maintenance of the job site, Implementation of the scope of work, managing the project, and finalizing the job. We will also review and discuss the theory and concepts behind building science, the importance of health and safety, and programmatic requirements. Included will be discussions on the relationships between the crew leader and other weatherization professionals and how to put everything covered in this course together to ensure a successful, productive, profitable, and comprehensive job completion.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Recognize the requirements of persons in the role of weatherization crew leader

  • Express leadership skills for effectively managing a crew and problem solving

  • Locate and discuss all forms and documents required of a crew leader in the Michigan WAP

  • Elaborate on the actions of developing a plan to execute the scope of work

  • Indicate what is needed to prepare and maintain a job site

  • Identify the processes of implementing the scope of work

  • Plan what is required to manage the entire project

  • Describe the steps a crew leader takes in finalizing the job 

  • Define the relationships with other weatherization staff

  • Illustrate the role of the crew leader in maintaining quality control

  • Associate the importance of safe work practices throughout the project  

  • Calculate and anticipate the need for controlled ventilation

Dense Pack Insulation

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites: None

Description:

This in-depth one-day class is intended to cover the principles and theory behind dense pack sidewall insulation.This class will examine proper equipment set up and maintenance along with the necessary tools needed for optimal uniformity, target density, workflow, and production. Additionally, we will explore the guidance, best practices, and filling techniques related to dense pack insulation. This course will be a combination of classroom, lab, and field activities.                                                                                                                      

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Identify access to specific dense pack insulation work areas

  • Apply protective measures and cleaning practices while working on the home

  • Explain the importance of achieving uniform density within the cavity

  • Select necessary dense pack tools, and materials (including safety equipment)

  • Identify insulation equipment setup and maintenance protocols

  • Reference dense pack related guidance and techniques

  • Demonstrate dense pack filling techniques

  • Illustrate methods to verify proper density has been achieved

Energy Auditor

 

BPI CEU’s: 8.00

Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Weatherization Installer or Crew Leader courses or equivalent OR

  • Currently hold a Building Analyst / Energy Auditor certification or have been working as an energy auditor OR

  • Have requisite experience in the energy conservation field

Description:

This five-day class is intended to provide participants with the knowledge of the steps involved in the process of becoming an Energy Auditor in the DOE National Weatherization Program. In the classroom, we will discuss theory, concepts, inspection and the audit process from beginning to end interspersed with classroom activities to reinforce those concepts and inspection procedures. For hands-on, we will perform tasks associated with performing a complete energy audit.  Participants are expected to have a knowledge base in place which will allow a viable transition from knowing to implementation. The goal of this class is to take information learned in other classes and in the field and “put it all together” into a comprehensive audit process. There are recommended prerequisites before taking this class.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Recognize the requirements needed to function as an Energy Auditor in the DOE Weatherization Program

  • Locate and discuss all forms and documents required as part of the audit process

  • Organize class information  and previous knowledge base into a comprehensive field audit process

  • Demonstrate Auditor skills and inspection processes in the field per Michigan and BPI HEP EA standards

  • Formulate a viable work scope for a home

  • Validate work scope recommendations

Foundation Insulation

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites: None

Description:

This is an in-depth one-day class that covers techniques and best practices for insulating foundations in the Weatherization Assistance Program. We will cover characteristics of foundations and how best to approach these sometimes-challenging installations. Included will be proper vapor barrier insulation in foundations, air sealing techniques for foundations, duct sealing techniques for foundations, worker safety, standards, and acceptable insulation application.   

   

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Recognize the importance of air sealing prior to insulation

  • Locate and verify access to specific work areas

  • Identify guidance and standards for acceptable installations

  • Organize equipment, tools, and materials necessary for proper installation

  • Demonstrate installation of vapor barrier, insulation, and air sealing measures

  • Validate effectiveness of installed measures

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

BPI CEU’s: 0

Prerequisites: None

Description:

The intent of this two hour class is to provide attendees with weatherization policy regarding mold and moisture, knowledge to recognize the causes of existing mold growth, and the importance of not creating conditions that could promote new mold growth. We will also look at moisture concerns, moisture control measures, the need for healthy indoor air quality, pollutant sources, client education, and health affects of mold on occupants.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Discuss weatherization mold policy

  • Summarize health concerns of molds

  • List conditions that promote mold growth

  • Express the role moisture plays mold growth and IAQ

  • Indicate pollutant remediation techniques

  • Associate the impact of occupant behavior on IAQ

  • Recognize possible needs for mechanical ventilation

Lead Safe Work (LSW)

BPI CEU’s: 0

Prerequisites: None

Description:

The intent of this half-day class is to familiarize crews with safeguards that must be in place when dealing with lead in Weatherization. Lead is poisonous and is present in many older homes. Weatherization professionals working on these homes must be aware of the hazards and how to work around lead appropriately. Use of lead-safe weatherization is critical to protecting the health of workers, clients, and their families.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Discuss what lead is and where it can be found

  • Describe lead paint hazards

  • Summarize compliance requirements of DOE, EPA and OSHA

  • Interpret methods of containment

  • Indicate lead testing methods

  • Realize the Importance of Working lead Safe

NEAT/MHEA Data Entry

 

BPI CEU’s: 3.00

Prerequisites:​ None

Description:

This one-day class will review the required information that needs to be entered into the database for running a measures report on the home. To assist in data entry, we will review and create User Defined Measures, NEAT Insulation Types, and some Library Measures pricing. Itemized Costs, Incidental Repairs, and Mandatory Measures will be discussed before engaging in tab-by-tab data entry in the actual audit. Participants should bring a laptop or other appropriate device with Wx Assistant pre-loaded and a copy of their current database. 

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Review and create appropriate User Defined Measures and NEAT Insulation Types to be used in the audit

  • Understand limitations and appropriate usage of Itemized Costs, Incidental Repairs and Mandatory Measures

  • Navigate, tab by tab, appropriate data entry into the NEAT and MHEA audits

  • Be exposed to Leveraging and Measure Skipping regulations and how it plays into the audit

Mechanical Systems Inspection for Auditors (MSIA)

 

BPI CEU’s: 6.50

Prerequisites:​ None

Description:

This two-day class is intended to provide an introductory look at mechanical equipment found in Weatherization homes. The purpose is to provide a knowledge base to familiarize Auditors with equipment components and operation. Participants will be exposed to different system types, operational characteristics, sequences of operation, and basic testing procedures. It is intended that students will gain the skills necessary to provide a general visual inspection. This is an introductory class to mechanical systems with a focus on Auditor responsibilities as part of the Weatherization Audit process.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Be exposed to components and operational characteristics of residential heating equipment

  • Learn design characteristics and sequences of operation

  • Review all Auditor responsibilities regarding operational testing of appliances

  • Discuss installation concerns

NEAT/MHEA Setup & Maintenance

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites:​ None

Description:

This one-day introductory class will help users in the setup and maintenance of their current Wx Assistant database. We will show how to create and link to new databases going forward along with a tab-by-tab review of the necessary information required to populate the database with current information, measures, and pricing. We will focus on Setup and Supply Library information and particularly, Fuel Cost Libraries, NEAT Insulation Types, and User Defined Measures. Participants should bring a laptop or other appropriate device with Wx Assistant pre-loaded and a copy of theirr current database. 

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Navigate to the location of the database for data linking and new database creation purposes

  • Copy and create a new database when making changes to fuel costs and pricing

  • Populate the database with current information by comprehensive review of the Supply and Setup libraries

  • Investigate and create NEAT Insulation types and appropriate User Defined Measures

  • Understand that good NEAT/MHEA runs come from having created good Supply and Setup Libraries

Mobile Home Weatherization

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites: None

Description:

It is widely believed that there is limited potential for energy savings in mobile homes. The reality is that there are energy savings opportunities that often get overlooked. This one-day class will cover the unique characteristics of mobile home construction, find the necessary guidance to perform weatherization measures properly, and define the techniques and strategies necessary for successful mobile home weatherization.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Recognize mobile home specific tools and requirements

  • Identify mobile home specific health and safety concerns

  • Review air sealing techniques specific to mobile homes

  • Address duct system sealing, repairs, and diagnostics

  • Determine appropriate mobile home retrofit insulation techniques and options

  • Exercise general mobile home best practices

Quality Control Inspector (QCI)

 

BPI CEU’s: 1.63

Prerequisites:​ 

  • Successful completion of a Weatherization Energy Auditor course or equivalent OR

  • Currently hold a Building Analyst/Energy Auditor certification or have been working as an energy auditor OR

  • Have requisite experience in the energy conservation field

Description:

This one-day class is intended to provide individuals guidance toward gaining the BPI Home Energy Professional (HEP) Quality Control Inspector micro-credential within the requirements of the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. Provided will be knowledge of the necessary steps to gain certification and Identify the role and expectations of a QCI. We will outline techniques for evaluating the work scope completely and accurately from desk top preview, to in-progress visits through job completion. We will also discuss measures effectiveness, missed opportunities, additional work, and report writing. This course will include a written assessment for final completion.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Explore the steps to receive a QCI micro-credential through a BPI test center

  • Locate policy, regulations, and standards as they apply to a scope of work

  • Identify worker compliance with safety regulations

  • Indicate protocol of a QCI in-progress evaluation

  • Interpret on site documentation accuracy

  • Define installed measures and initial assessment details

  • Reference standards in relation to installed measures

  • Determine if scope of work policy requirements have been satisfied

  • Identify techniques and procedures for successful inspections

  • Describe desktop, in-progress, monitoring, and reporting methods

  • Trace QCI responsibilities related to the work scope from beginning to end

  • Evaluate missed opportunities and scope of work omissions

Venting & Combustion Air

 

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites:​ None​

Description:

For proper and predictable operation, the importance of having a combustion appliance vent system that is “at least” code cannot be understated. This one-day class is intended to provide guidance in navigating the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-54) vent sizing tables and the rules associated with using them. Aspects of visual inspection of vent systems for determination of proper venting material and size will be assessed, along with installation concerns. Chimneys and “orphaned” water heaters will be included in this discussion. Class exercises will test your skills in properly sizing vents and vent connectors for Category 1 combustion appliances. 

Having the proper amount of combustion air in the combustion appliance zone (CAZ) is critical to the safe operation and proper venting of combustion appliances. This class will include a review of combustion air requirements and NFPA approved resolutions to address deficiencies and engineered combustion air devices. Class exercises will test your skills in combustion air calculations.

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Provide a basic visual inspection of existing vent systems

  • Follow NFPA 54 guidelines to properly size vents and vent connectors

  • Review installation concerns

  • Calculate combustion air requirements

  • Provide Code directed guidance for resolution of problems

Weatherization 101 (Wx 101)

 

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites:​ None​

Description:

This is a one-day class that covers principles and theories of building science, as well as basic techniques and strategies used in weatherization. We will be focusing on the house as a system concept and discuss how the measures we install affect the home’s pressure, moisture and temperature, and the overall “big picture” as it relates to building science. Further, we will cover the importance of understanding baseload, ventilation, weatherproofing, and mechanical measures as well as preforming diagnostic testing. This course is a combination of classroom and lab components.  

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Discuss possible interactions of different home elements

  • Recognize possible effects of changes made during weatherization

  • Locate and recognize thermal and pressure boundaries

  • Describe how driving forces effect home performance

  • Illustrate the link between air leakage, energy waste and moisture problems

  • Explain the principle behind the blower door and other diagnostic tools

  • Convey the need for ventilation and the related options and guidelines

  • Define need for weatherproofing any created building penetrations

  • Identify the importance of combustion safety throughout the work scope

  • Outline the impact of baseloads with regard to energy saving potential

  • Identify program fenestration repair and replacement perspective

Zone Pressure Diagnostics (ZPD) 

BPI CEU’s: 3.25

Prerequisites:​ None​

Description:

This one-day class is intended to provide participants with a better understanding of building operational characteristics and show how zone pressure diagnostics (ZPD) can be a valuable aid in evaluation of a structure. Pressure diagnostics can help in determining primary and secondary air boundary locations, connection of interior to exterior spaces – including garages, target leakage areas for air sealing, pressure imbalances in the building or even duct leakage. They are also valuable from a Quality Control perspective and can offer validation to workers that progress is being made. This is important because air leakage and what we do about it can have a huge impact on indoor air quality (IAQ) and health and safety (H&S), building durability, comfort and energy savings. The goal is to show that ZPD testing is easy to do and a valuable addition to your toolbox. 

Learning objectives:

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Estimate connectivity between interior and exterior zones

  • Determine the alignment of pressure and thermal boundaries

  • Estimate hole size ratios in primary versus secondary pressure boundaries

  • Interpret pressure pan readings for duct sealing opportunities

  • Identify main body, duct zone and room pressure imbalances due to air-handler operation

  • Interpret zone pressure diagnostic test results

  • Use Advanced zone pressure diagnostics for more specific information for leakage sites

  • Assess the potential for health and safety, building durability, comfort or efficiency issues