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

Advanced Combustion Safety
CEUs: 4 BPI | 8 NATE CEs
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Where: Temperature Equipment Corporation 2055 Ruby St, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Cost: $129
Course Description: 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 1-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 discover potential health/safety problems before and after the Retrofit process. Earn Continuing Education Units for the Building Analyst Certification.

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Building Analyst & BPI Envelope Professional
CEUs: 14 BPI 
When: April 15th - 17th & April 22nd - 24th, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Where: 2200 Ogden Ave 500, Lisle, IL 60532
Cost: BA & EP - $2,695, BA or EP - $1,895
Course Description: Insight offers an innovative 6-day class that combines both the BPI Building Analyst & BPI Envelope Professional training and testing during the same course. This class covers the principles of Building Science, methodology of Home Performance Testing, and Retrofit Contracting. The classroom presentations prepare you for the BPI written exams, while field training in three test homes prepare you for the BPI field exams. Course materials, access to equipment, mentoring, and testing fees are included. Have your business listed as a BPI Accredited Contractor and take advantage of the growing demand for qualified performance.

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Building Science Principles
CEUs: 6 BPI CEUs | 8 NATE CEUs | 8 NARI CEUs | 6 IL State CEUs 
When: Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd, Naperville, IL
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 systems of the home. Learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home.  This non-technical BPI certificate is first step toward understanding & improving whole-house building performance. Perfect for sales people, admin personnel, architects or anyone who needs to know about building science, but may never need to perform testing.

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Attic & Crawlspace Ventilation Training
CEUs: 3 IL Home Inspector CEs | 2 BPI CEs
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd, Naperville, IL
Cost: $44
Course Description: Ventilation is used to manage moisture and heat in attics and crawlspaces, yet most ventilation is undersized and poorly incorporated.  As many as 4 different trades must coordinate on a new home to properly ventilate the attic.  A lack of coordination results in most attics being poorly ventilated – leading to mold growth and structure deterioration.   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.  The attic and crawlspace ventilation must be separate from the fresh air exchange to the living space.

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AIR LEAKAGE: The 3rd Most Destructive 
CEUs:  IL Home Inspector CEs | 4 BPI CEs
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Where: Nicor Gas, 1844 Ferry Rd, Naperville, IL
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.

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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.