Intelligent Weatherization

Training

2017 Training Opportunities


Weatherization Courses for 2017

Weatherization Course Descriptions

Note that the descriptions for some courses are below, while other courses have their own pages with detailed descriptions. Please use the list above to ensure you are seeing information about all courses.


Introduction to Infrared Thermography

This one day workshop is designed to introduce weatherization staff to infrared thermography and to familiarize them with the specific equipment that INCAA has available for their use. Participants learn what infrared scanners do and how they can be utilized to evaluate weatherization work. The session involves hands-on use of the equipment as well as classroom instruction.


Zone Pressure Diagnostics

The class is designed to provide auditors, installers and crew leaders with an overview of the latest ZPD protocols and to provide an opportunity to spend a day experimenting with them at a house.  We will utilize the latest tools and procedures to calculate total leakage path through secondary zones by the open-a-whole and open-a-door methods.

Indiana CEU’s = 12
BPI CEU’s = 6


Daily Safety Test Out Procedures

This one-day class is intended for those who don’t necessarily need the full furnace or duct classes but need to know enough about house and furnace interactions to make sure the home is not left in a dangerous condition as Weatherization work is being performed.  This class will cover topics from furnace vent system operational basics to the impact of duct leakage on forced air furnaces.  There will be particular focus on open returns and the impact of duct repair.  Participants will learn how to perform a “Worst Case” draft test of combustion appliances while using the DSTO form for guidance.  This class is essential for Shell Technicians who want an answer to the question: “How do we properly test out the door”?

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


Mobile Home Weatherization

This two-day course is designed to address the unique characteristics of mobile homes. It has been updated to focus on the latest, most cost effective weatherization approaches, such as duct sealing and “belly blow”. This course is aimed at crew members as well as auditors.

Day 1: Weatherizing Mobile Homes
The classroom day of Mobile Home Weatherization is designed to provide auditors and installers with the knowledge required to effectively weatherize a mobile home. Topics include: what makes mobile homes different than site-built houses, a brief history of the weatherization approach to mobile homes, and detailed coverage of current mobile home measures. This segment also provides guidance about features that are unique to mobile homes including: rodent barriers, swag bellies, bow string trusses and package air conditioner ducts and dampers. This segment also provides detailed instruction on when and how to add insulation to mobile homes.

Day 2:  Field Day for a Weatherizing Mobile Home

Indiana CEU’s = 12
BPI CEU’s = 6


High Performance Insulation:
Two-Part Spray Foam and High Density Cavity Insulation

The class is designed to provide auditors and installers with thorough knowledge of these two insulation products which have become very popular in Indiana’s Weatherization Program. Regarding spray foam, we will explore: the best applications for “two part”, alternative packaging and delivery systems, and safe practices. Topics relating to “dense pack” are: the details that make dense pack perform better than standard wall insulation, how to recognize and treat “key junctures” that are common in older buildings, and introduction to all of the relevant tools and techniques. One day will be spent in the field.

Indiana CEU’s = 12
BPI CEU’s = 6


Carbon Monoxide and Combustion Analysis

This one-day segment of the Advanced Heating Systems training is designed to provide Weatherization Auditors and Heating Technicians with the causes of carbon monoxide problems and the mitigation procedures. Also, learn how to operate a combustion analyzer to perform combustion analysis.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


Electric Furnace & Heat Pump Inspections

This is a two day course designed for to give Weatherization Auditors and Heating Technicians the skills and knowledge necessary to inspect and evaluate electric furnaces and heat pump systems. We will cover sequence of operation and proper control set-up to gain the most efficiency from heat pump systems.

Prerequisites:
Retrofit Mechanical Installer Course or
Mechanical Systems for Auditors Course

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


Oil Furnace Training

This two day session covers inspection and testing of vented oil fired heating appliances. Participants will become familiar with oil heating components and operational characteristics with the goal in mind being competent inspection, testing and repair. This session is designed for either Weatherization Auditors making inspections or Technicians providing repairs. Topic areas include: components and operation, oil furnace combustion, methods of measuring combustion efficiency and the improvement of combustion efficiency. Oil Furnace Inspection form is provided help facilitate inspection and documentation.


Boiler Inspections

This two day seminar is designed to give Weatherization Auditors and Heating Technicians a guide to a Health and Safety Inspection of gas boilers. Topics covered will be system identification, hot water vs. steam boilers, operational characteristics, system controls, safeties and limits, inspection considerations and maintenance issues. A new Boiler Inspection form will be introduced to help with the inspection process.


Vent Systems and Combustion Air Requirements

This two-day segment of the Advanced Heating Systems training is designed to provide Weatherization Auditors and Heating Technicians with the inspection process for vent systems, installation requirements and sizing procedures. Also, learn how to how to calculate combustion air requirements and solve related issues.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


Heating System Airflow Diagnostics

This one-day segment of the Advanced Heating Systems training is designed to provide Weatherization Auditors and Heating Technicians with the process to calculate the required airflow and the tools necessary to measure airflow in a duct system. Learn how static pressure and duct sizing relate to the temperature rise of a furnace.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


Mechanical Systems for Auditors

This is an introductory class that will look at the different types of mechanical systems in Weatherization houses from an Auditor perspective. It will provide an overview of operational characteristics, components and testing considerations for gas, oil, solid fuel or electric furnaces, boilers, cook-stoves, water heaters, air conditioners and heat pumps. We will use the following forms as guidance for the inspection portion of the class: Gas Appliance Inspection, Oil Furnace, Boiler, Electric Furnace, Gas Range, Heat Pump and Wood Stove.

Indiana CEU’s = 12
BPI CEU’s = 6


CAZ Pressure Diagnostics for Auditors and Heating Techs

This one-day class is intended to look at (“Worst Case”) pressure testing of the CAZ from a more complete perspective than what is required for shell technicians in the Daily Safety Test Out procedure.  Health and Safety has always been our first consideration when performing CAZ pressure testing – we have been long familiar with the term “Worst Case” draft testing.  But, there are also building durability, IAQ, comfort and energy efficiency issues that we must consider.  In this class, we will look at concepts and causes of pressure problems along with testing procedures and test equipment.  Participants will be challenged to interpret pressure diagnostic test results and identify appropriate repairs to make the building work in all respects.  This class is geared toward Auditors and Technicians who are responsible for performing CAZ pressure diagnostics and affecting repairs.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


Introduction To NEAT/MHEA Software

The Introduction class is intended to get you up and running with NEAT/MHEA. Indiana’s Wx Measures Priority List is based on NEAT/MHEA and there are many cases when it would be advantageous for an Energy Auditor to run NEAT/MHEA on individual homes. The 8.6 version has been approved for use in Indiana and contains databases for refrigerators and water heaters and contains many more upgrades than previous versions of NEAT/MHEA.

The Introduction class will help users establish their agency & auditor information as well as their setup Libraries. Once this is complete, a series of exercises will be performed to verify user competence with NEAT/MHEA’s functionality and generate a recommended measures report.

NEAT/MHEA Field Day

The NEAT/MHEA Field Day is for those users who have completed the introductory class and are ready to experience a field data collection exercise. In the field visit Trainees visit a field house to collect client information and gather appropriate house data for audit input. Trainees will then input collected data and generate a recommended measures report using their local agency libraries. The recommended measure reports will be compared and contrasted among the various agencies represented.

NEAT/MHEA Test-Out Day

This third day in the NEAT/MHEA sequence is for those users to demonstrate their audit input capabilities and verify their understanding of Indiana’s procedures when more challenging circumstances exist. Specific instructions will be given for how to input the ‘below the floor’ information, the latest math for handling efficiencies for furnace replacement analysis, and what specific items inside of NEAT/MHEA are to be turned on and what is to be turned off. Trainees will be given three exercises to input into NEAT/MHEA. These exercises will demonstrate the user’s knowledge, skills and abilities of the entire NEAT/MHEA process. Trainees must test out to be on IHCDA’s approved user list.

Whole House Heat Load Calculations

This one day course covers the methods, skills and inspection techniques Building Analysts need to calculate whole house heat load. This course will follow the ACCA Manual J heat loss procedure, utilize Blower Door air leakage information to determine heat loss associated with infiltration, and account for heat loss associated with air-sealed duct systems. Detailed building information of post-weatherization conditions are input into an Excel spreadsheet to determine a realistic post-weatherization heating load on the building. This heating load is then used to help select the most appropriate size of replacement furnace.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3


New Furnace Installation Inspections

This training is designed to provide Weatherization Auditors and Heating Technicians with the Indiana New Furnace Installation Inspection Procedure and will focus on filling out the New Furnace Installation Inspection Form.


Applying The ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation Strategy

For an extended period of time, Indiana’s Weatherization Program has been following the ASHRAE 62-89 ventilation strategy as a guideline for building tightness and determining a ‘Minimum Ventilation Requirement’. ASHRAE has since developed a new strategy called the ASHRAE 62.2 that gives partial credit for infiltration and exfiltration as a ventilation strategy, where the 62-89 before it had given full credit. Beginning January 2012, the Weatherization Program requires full implementation of the ASHRAE 62.2. This will change how we address the MVR and assess ventilation.

This course will cover the background behind developing the 62.2, how it applies to retrofit work, and what energy auditors need to know regarding equipment performance, sizing and selection criteria. We will demonstrate the INCAA 62.2 Spreadsheet to make processing this information a breeze.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3

DOE Weatherization Health & Safety Policy

In 2011, DOE issued a new Weatherization Program Notice (11-06) in an attempt to provide clearer guidance for Health and Safety issues that we discover in houses we weatherize.  This guidance tells us what is allowable and what is not allowable….it all boils down to the State Plan.  We will detail the WPN-11-06 and then find what the Indiana State Plan says.  From there, we can strategize how to work through issues so we can produce “Healthy Homes”.


Lead Safe Weatherization

Lead Safe Weatherization will be part lecture and part hands-on. The hands-on portion will demonstrate typical Weatherization measures where lead safety is needed. There is a study period and a written test at the end of the day. This course is NOT a Lead Renovator course and does NOT fulfill the Lead Renovator requirement. Rather, this course will identify practices that workers must implement to provide lead safety in the workplace for themselves as well as the occupants of the home.

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3

Moisture Assessment

The Moisture Assessment class will help technicians and auditors identify the conditions that promote mold growth. We will identify treatment options for less extensive mold conditions and best Weatherization practices to prevent mold growth. We will discuss health aspects for both workers and clients.
Mold is supposedly everywhere, but where is the mold that I need to be concerned about in regards to performing Weatherization? What levels of mold are of relatively minimal concern and easily cleanable? What levels and locations are significant enough that it’s best to delay Weatherization? Where do we draw the line? When are conditions significant enough for a ‘walk away’?

Indiana CEU’s = 6
BPI CEU’s = 3