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

How to Use Energy Modeling Software to Measure Energy Savings in Homes
4 BPI CEUs
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $50
Course Description: Energy auditors, contractors, builders, and architects will learn how to use Energy Modeling Software to predict energy use and calculate energy savings in new and existing homes. Energy Modeling is extremely helpful in retrofit work and new construction. Test the performance of various retrofit scenarios to meet energy efficiency, code compliance and money-saving goals.
 
Principles of Building Science
3.5 BPI CEUs | 5 RESNET CEUs
When: Friday, June 8, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $50
Course Description: Our building science experts will share their first-hand experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly performance scenes from the field for a fun and lively session! We will explain the components of whole-home building performance from the ground up, in easy to understand terms. Learn more about the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home as they relate to occupant comfort, safety, and energy efficiency. Builders, HVAC contractors, trades people, home inspectors, realtors, appraisers and college students can set themselves apart with a better understanding of these concepts.
 
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.
 
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.