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


BPI Building Science Principles 
CEUs: 6 IL Inspector CEs, 6 BPI CEUs, 8 NATE CEs, 8 NARI CEs
When: Wednesday,December 5, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Cost: $74-$199
Course Description: Would understanding the interactions of building systems and their effects on home performance assist you in your position or your business? 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 home systems. Learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health & safety of occupants, and durability of the home. This non-technical BPI certificate is first step toward understanding and improving whole-house building performance. Perfect for sales people, admin personnel, architects, contractors, or anyone who needs to know about building performance, but may never need to perform testing.

Why is this course relevant to home performance contractors in Illinois and how does it address deficiencies or enhancements in the market?

The course is a broad overview of building science, residential construction, and home performance. Useful to support staff, sales people, or those considering technical certifications. Most people don’t know what they don’t know. This class shows them some of what they should be considering when modifying or improving homes.

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Home Energy Score Assessor Bootcamp
When: Thursday,December 6, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
Where: Priority Energy Training Center, 538 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cost: $25
Course Description: Illinois Home Performance is sponsoring an upcoming Home Energy Score assessor training. Home Energy Score provides home occupants with credible information about a home’s energy use. Developed by the US DOE, the score reads like a “miles-per-gallon” rating for a car and is a standard assessment of energy-related assets. If you hold a BPI certification, are looking to add another feature to your standard audit or inspection package, or want to offer Home Energy Score as a stand alone service that is offered to homeowners, this training is for you.

Note: You must hold a relevant credential as a prerequisite for this course. For a complete list of accepted credentials, click here.

Shortly after registration, the attendee will be sent a login and password for the Department of Energy's Simulation Training (SIM). After receiving the credentials, the attendee is expected to develop a basic understanding of the software (about 4 hours of work). There will be in-person support during the course to field questions and assist with the learning process.

The day after this classroom training (December 7th) there will be a unique opportunity to attend a small-group mentorship session in a home, where the instructor will walk through the Home Energy Score generation process. Once this mentorship is complete, the student will officially be a certified assessor. This hands-on session is not required but is heavily encouraged.

Day 1: December 6th, 9am-5pm: In-Class Home Energy Score Training
538 Busse Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
*Participants will need to bring with them a laptop, preferably the one used for SIM practice.

Day 2: December 7th, 9:00am-12:00pm: Hands-on Home Walk Through
Location TBD

When these steps are satisfactorily completed, the attendee will be listed as an official assessor.

For more information on assessor resources, please click here.

Upon the completion of the course, the attendee will be able to self-report 6 BPI CEUs and 6 NATE CEUs.

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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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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.