Each year, 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.

The following are upcoming courses:

Advanced Combustion Safety Training
Prevention is the key to avoiding carbon monoxide hazards in the home. Each year, thousands of people in the United States become ill or die from CO poisoning. Without full CO safety and combustion diagnostics there is no way of knowing whether a system is safe or efficient. Proper Combustion Safety Testing protects both the home owner and contractor.
Insight's one-day training course will provide you with the skills necessary to properly identify and inspect combustion appliances such as furnaces, space heaters and water heaters that present potential health and safety hazards.
Learn to diagnose health and safety problems before and after the retrofit process, while earning continuing education units for the Building Analyst or HERS Rater certifications.

When: Thursday, November 16, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Melrose Park, IL
Cost: $129
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BPI's Building Science Principles Certificate Course & Exam
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. Students will learn about the relationship between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, appliances and other systems of the home.
This non-technical BPI certificate is perfect for salespeople, admin personnel, architects or anyone who needs to know about building science, but may never need to perform testing.

When: Thursday, November 30, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Nicor Gas
Cost: $199
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Air Leakage Training 
This class explores an often overlooked aspect of the home which contributes significantly to its complex behavior – air flow. Disparate systems within the home are linked through their interactions with the indoor air. Without proper consideration, unintended consequences can lead to discomfort, dangerous conditions, structural durability issues and poor indoor air quality. Effective air sealing measures will be addressed for each of the scenarios presented.

When: Tuesday, December 12, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Naperville, IL
Cost: $44
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Attic & Crawlspace Ventilation Training
Ventilation is used to manage moisture and heat in attics and crawlspaces, yet most ventilation is undersized and poorly incorporated. 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. As many as four different trades must coordinate on a new home to properly ventilate the attic, and a lack of coordination results in most attics being poorly ventilated – leading to mold growth and structure deterioration.
This course is typically $89, but we're offering it at a discounted rate of $44.

When: Thursday, December 21, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Naperville, IL
Cost: $44
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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 wasnt 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.