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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 the durability of the home. This non-technical BPI certificate is the first step toward understanding & improving whole-house building performance. Perfect for salespeople, admin personnel, architects, or anyone who needs to know about building science, but may never need to perform testing.
The BPI Building Analyst Technician (BA-T) certification is an early-career credential for workers in the home performance industry. This certification gives a great entrance to the industry while providing a clear path for professional growth. A BA-T’s work includes data collection and diagnostic testing for a whole-home assessments. The BA-T’s skills and knowledge include: buildings & their systems, testing & data collection, and industry standards. The BA-T is earned bypassing a field test with oral questions. BPI’s Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge (BSP) is a prerequisite for the BA-T certification exam.
Insight offers an innovative 6-day training class for Building Analyst Professional (BA-P). BA-P is an advanced certification for home performance professionals. A BA-P is a certified Building Analyst Technician who also conducts energy modeling, building analysis, and data evaluation in order to provide a comprehensive report with a list of prioritized home performance recommendations. The BA-P certification is earned by passing an online written exam. An active Building Analyst Technician (BA-T) certification is required for BA-Ps.
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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 homeowner 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 or HERS Rater Certifications.
Has it been a while since you’ve performed a BPI Energy Audit on a house? If you need refresher training or are looking to earn additional BPI CEUs, this is a great BPI training opportunity! You can join one of Insight’s Field Proctors at the home of one of their customers or one of yours.
Insight’s proctor will provide any necessary test equipment and will guide you in testing the home. This evaluation will follow the BPI 1200 standards and will include generating a Home Energy Score and actionable work scope.
This course will consist of following the Home Performance Testing Procedure of completing a Homeowner Interview, an Exterior Walk-around, an Interior Walk-through, an Attic/Crawlspace Inspection, and inspecting the mechanical equipment. Then the class will test for gas leaks, perform applicable combustion safety testing, and measure & evaluate mechanical ventilation. Building infiltration testing will include blower door testing, infrared surveying, zone-pressure testing, and pressure panning. Finally, there will be data gathering for generating a Home Energy Score.
FOR CERTIFICATION: Your completed Home Energy Score and a prioritized work-scope will be submitted and evaluated in order to complete the training and earn BPI CEUs.
In Illinois, a weatherized home must receive a final inspection by a QCI certified individual. The goals of this training course are to teach you the basic principles and techniques of proper Weatherization Quality Control Inspections. Our training class will cover the Quality Control Inspection process as a check and balance system in the areas of In-Progress Inspections and Final Quality Inspections of the Weatherization work with regard to various topics.
You must have BPI approval to take this class and the exams!
If you are interested in a career as a professional air sealing technician or insulation installer, this course is for you. This 5-day hands-on course covers the house as a system, insulation types, performance and installation, air sealing basics, dense-pack training, and work scopes.
We will explore these and other issues and show how uncontrolled airflow 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.
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 structural 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.