Renewable Energy Lending Kits
Self-Reliance, in partnership with Heyoka Solutions, offers the highest caliber courses in building science diagnostics. These courses provide participants with a wealth of knowledge both in the classroom as well as in the field.
The courses we offer:
Our instructor is Paul Raymer, Chief Investigator for Heyoka Solutions, LLC.
Quotes from previous participants
“To date the training itself has helped me:
- better appreciate and understand the work of our mechanical engineer
- clarified the use/data output/interpretation of a blower door system
- appreciate hand calculated energy modeling for the first time
- share with jobless friends the idea of getting BPI certified for employment future opportunities
- talk with local community leaders about using BPI skills as a way to retain young people on the cape
- use BPI knowledge when interviewing DER candidates for our firm
Paul is an exceptionally qualified teacher, and an excellent choice for leading this new BPI training initiative. He sets a high standard and example for the students.” A.P. Truro, MA
“I would like to thank you for allowing me to take both the Building Performance Institutes Analyst and Envelope Courses. I have worked in the trades for most of the last forty years. I am a self-employed building contractor. Like many, I have felt the effects of the economic recession and realize the need to expand my skills. These classes were opportunities to learn how to evaluate buildings in terms of their being considered a system. The improvement of energy use and the quality of the air and comfortability were considered. There is a need to retrofit homes to make best use of energy supplies. This is obvious given the economic and political costs of energy. I hope to take advantage of this training to help myself economically and my community. I had not been in an academic setting for quite sometime. It was as much like college as I remembered it. Paul Raymer was a very good instructor. His depth of subject knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching made this a real learning experience for me. Thank you so much for making this available to me.” M.M. Marstons Mills, MA
“Thank you for the opportunity to be apart of this amazing class. Paul Raymer was extremely knowledgeable on all things building performance related. I highly recommend this class for weatherization contractors, auditors and builders.” J.S. Hyannis, MA
Building Analyst: next offered September 24, 2012
42 contact hours. 4 days in class and one - two (depends on the number enrolled) days in the field. Limited to 10 participants.
Registration is now open - click here to register
This course is the first step to becoming a professional energy auditor. Self-Reliance’s 42-hour course covers the following topics designed to help you understand energy efficient home analysis topics:
Principles of Energy and Building Science
The Energy Audit Process & Site Inspection
Building Shell, Thermal Envelope and Thermal Boundary Analysis
Conditioned and Transition Zone Analysis
Ductwork and Airflow Design, Duct Leakage and Air Distribution System Repair Methods
Combustion Safety and CO Monitoring
Building Systems: HVAC, Lighting, Appliances, and DHW
Diagnosing Common Building Problems
Air Sealing of the Building Envelope and Draft Repair
Blower Door Testing
Combustion Testing and Safety
Health and Safety
Creating Reports, Proposals, Scope of Work and Cost Estimates
Our BPI Building Analyst Field Training applies the fundamental principals learned in the classroom to an actual residential home. The training will have a large focus on Combustion Appliance Zone testing due to its importance with maintaining the health of the housing occupants. The hands-on portion of the course includes working on location and being taught how to identify common residential problems and learn to use the following equipment:
FIELD PORTION EQUIPMENT
Ambient Carbon Monoxide detector
Natural gas detector
Flue gas detector
Building Envelope Professional
3 days-21 contact hours. 2 days in the classroom and 1 day in the field.
This course is for candidates who have successfully completed the BPI Building Analyst course.
Topics covered in this course include:
Health & Safety, Building Evaluation Fundamental Review
RH and Moisture in buildings (Permeability and Perm Ratings)
Insulation and Air-sealing, Combustion Analysis, Ducting and other conditioning system analysis, Duct configuration and components, Combustion Safety Testing, Heat Loss and Load Calculations, Ventilation and Exhaust Analysis.
Our BPI Building Envelope Field Training applies the fundamental principals learned in the classroom to an actual residential home. The training will have a large focus on Combustion Appliance Zone testing due to its importance with maintaining the health of the housing occupants. The hands-on portion of the course includes working on location and being taught how to identify common residential problems and learn to use the appropriate diagnostic equipment.
Heat Professional 3 days- 21 contact hours. 2 days in the classroom and 1 day in the field.
This course is for those who have successfully completed the BPI Building Analyst course and field-testing. The course offers 21 contact hours over three days - two days are in the classroom and one day in the field.
This training uses a "whole house" performance-based approach, which includes both classroom sessions and field experience, and will cover advanced heating system diagnostic, evaluation and repair skills. This training will help you prepare for the Building Performance Institute's Heating Professional written and field exams. Training will include review of some Building Analyst topics, but will focus more toward the HVAC system side.
This course covers the fundamentals elements of a HVAC system in relation to the basics of combustion and proper equipment set up, venting and drafting of different types of appliances, oil fired space heating set up for optimum efficiency, pressure diagnostics as it relate to the HVAC system and the impact it has on the home, along with all the industry standard design requirements needed for a optimum working HVAC system in regards to heat loads, duct design, and minimum airflow requirements .
• Health & Safety
• Heating System Science
• Load and Sizing
• Distribution System Design
• Combustion Safety Science
• Controls and Electrical Inspection
• Ducted System Diagnostics
• Combustion Gas Analysis
• Heat Exchanger Inspection
• Duct Repair and Sealing
• Combustion Appliance Vent Repair
• Ventilation System Installation
• Post-Installation Inspection
• Appliance Clean-and-Tune
• Mechanical System Durability
• Tools and Equipment
Who should take this class? This class is geared towards HVAC contractors and general contractors with a strong interest in learning about the latest techniques in building system analysis, that includes HVAC ducting and other building science diagnostic principles.
A previous BPI Building Analyst course or equivalent is strongly recommended for Heat Professional candidates.
Combustion Safety Training & Test
The course will follow the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) Standards including setting up the house, establishing worst case conditions and working with multiple combustion appliance zones (CAZ). This course does not provide national certification, but BPI Continuing Education Credits will be available.
Combustion Safety Testing Objectives
• Mission of Combustion Safety Testing;
• Understand the system relationship of conditioning the air in the house;
• Understand the principles of the combustion process;
• Appreciate “safety first” and apply that criteria to gas and oil systems;
• Recognize the NFPA venting categories;
• Conduct a combustion safety test and interpret results
Measuring Duct Leakage: It’s Code
Learn to do it yourself!
In 2010 the Massachusetts Energy Code Options became:
780 CMR, Chapter 61 (Amended 7th Edition) equals the 2009 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code)
780 CMR, Appendix 120 AA (known as the “Stretch Code”) – a more energy efficient alternative to the base energy code that municipalities may volunteer to adopt.
Both options mean that duct leakage must be tested! If you test the system during installation, you can catch problems before they are too hard to get to. Why not learn to do it yourself?
Luckily Cape and Islands Self Reliance and Heyoka Solutions is offering a one-day training for duct system testing at Cape & Islands Self Reliance’s training center in Cataumet, MA.
· What equipment is necessary to do the testing?
· How to set it up to get an accurate Total Duct Leakage measurement;
· How to set it up to get an accurate Leakage to Outdoors measurement;
· How to use a duct testing system;
· How to use a blower door system;
· How to interpret the manometer readings;
· How to find the leaks.
A third party professional will need to provide the final testing, but wouldn’t it be nice to know that the system will pass before having to pay for or wait for multiple visits? This course has been developed for building officials, contractors and HVAC professionals.
The course also qualifies you for BPI Continuing Education Units.
The cost for participation is $200
Ventilation Training Class including ASHRAE 62.2-2010
Residential ventilation is a critical part of home energy efficiency. Ventilating it right allows the home to be made tight. The ASHRAE 62.2-2010 Standard is a system blueprint and should be applied as such. It provides sizing procedures for whole building and local exhaust ventilation, outlines the equipment parameters, and requires installed system testing. This course starts with defining why ventilation is important and its role in tighter homes. It moves through the fundamentals of the standard including exercises in applying the formulas, selecting the equipment, recommending installation details, and testing the installed performance in typical homes. It provides tools for applying the Infiltration Credit to reduce the whole building ventilation rate, applying the Existing Fan process in Appendix A that allows existing fans to remain in place, and sizing the fan and programming controls for intermittent operation. Because there is a homeowner perception that running a ventilation system all the time is a serious waste of money, the costs of ventilation need to be clearly understood. And that leads to the ability of the installers and program managers to be advocates and be able to promote the use of the installed systems. So the course comes back to the importance of residential ventilation. If homeowners shut the systems off, even the best installed system won’t work.
The course is a combination of slides, individual and group on-paper exercises, and hands-on exercises using props and diagnostic tools (if available).
By attending this session, participants will:
- Be able to understand the importance and promote the use of residential ventilation;
- Be exposed to different ventilation equipment choices;
- Be able to apply different control strategies including intermittent operation;
- Appreciate the impacts of quality installation techniques and materials;
- Discover inexpensive methods to measure CFM;
- Understand proper ventilation system documentation;
- Experience the elements of ASHRAE 62.2-2010;
- Appreciate how ASHRAE 62.2 will change the role of BTLa/MVG;
- Be able to calculate ASHRAE 62.2 whole building and local exhaust fan CFM.
About our Instructor, Paul Raymer of Heyoka Solutions:
Paul H. Raymer is the Chief Investigator for Heyoka Solutions developing fully integrated housing solutions. He has been working with building science consulting and ventilation design since 1977, more than thirty years. (He was previously President of Tamarack Technologies, Inc. and, prior to that, President of Weather Energy Systems, Inc.) He has developed and brought to market more than twenty products. He has taught ventilation, building science, air sealing and combustion safety courses to diverse audiences from home inspectors and weatherization specialists to architects and engineers. He has developed and taught BPI Building Analyst, Envelope and Heating courses and courses developed by Conservation Services Group on air sealing and combustion safety. He has written and taught courses on ducting analysis and repair, and designed and constructed a duct laboratory for a non-profit teaching organization in Trenton, NJ. He has published articles in “Northeast Sun”, “Smart Home Owner” and “HomeEnergy”, and written the Residential Ventilation Handbook for McGraw-Hill (which was published in the fall of 2009). He has been interviewed for various local and national radio and television programs on ventilation, building pressures, and indoor environmental quality. He has served as a technical consultant for many corporations including Dow Chemical, Rolscreen Corporation (Pella), Acorn Homes/Deck House, and APV Vent Axia. He has worked with three Building America teams. He has reviewed conference proposals for Affordable Comfort and the USGBC’s GreenBuild Conference and the ASHRAE Journal. He is a full member of ASHRAE (a voting member of the 62.2 Standard Committee) and the Home Ventilating Institute (Chairman of the IAQ Committee) and he is a HERS Rater, BPI Certified Building Analyst, Envelope, Heating, and Heat Pump/AC professional, Certified Type I, II EPA AC Technician, and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators. He provides Manual J analysis for Energy Star for Homes projects and is a member of the International Code Council. Despite (or because) of all this he is still enthusiastic about the science of buildings and the magic of air motion and control and the art of system dynamics.
Are you looking for ways to bring renewable energy into your classroom? If so, look no further! Renewable Energy Lending Kits (put together by Self-Reliance and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve) are available.
Renewable Energy Lending Kits: Thinking about how to energize your curriculum and make some interesting and valuable connections for your students to the Technology and Engineering Strands of the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks? Self-Reliance offers these kits and an educator (if you wish) to come and do some experiments, activities and get teachers and students energized about renewable energy.
If you would like to borrow a kit and/or have an educator come to your classroom. Please call Self-Reliance at 508.563.6633 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.