Weatherization Energy Auditor (BPI)

120 Hours / Unlimited / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

This course will be discontinued on February 25th, 2019.  No new enrollments will be allowed. 

This self study course is specifically designed to help a person to prepare for the BPI Envelope Professional Written and Field Examinations. If you are interested in working as a shell technician or installer for helping weatherize homes, use our materials to get the training to help prepare you for working as a shell technician and to prepare for the Envelope Professional Field Exams. Learn how a house and its ducts are tested for leakiness. Learn about energy in the home and where to look for reducing air infiltration and increasing insulation to reduce energy bills. For those without a construction background, we also include a 10-DVD Residential Basic Training Package to help you understand how the systems in the home work.

Self-Paced Home Study

This Complete Course includes the following: 21 DVD set Energy Auditor Training: Covers all the BPI Building Analyst Standards and DOE-Weatherization Core Competencies.

  • Introduction
  • Measure Selection Guidelines
  • Deferral of Services
  • House As A System
  • Energy Movement
  • Comfort and Climate
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Auditor’s Toolbox
  • Building Shell Retrofit Strategies
  • Calculating Envelope Energy Loss
  • Combustion Appliances I
  • Combustion Appliances II
  • Combustion Appliances III
  • Cooling Measures
  • Baseload Measures
  • Attic Ventilation and Generating Work Order
  • Building Assessment I
  • Building Assessment II
  • Math Basics
  • Mobile Home Assessment I
  • Mobile Home Assessment II
First Set of Training Materials

10 DVD set "Pre-Energy" Residential Basic Training for those without a construction background or who have gaps in their construction background (e.g. no HVAC experience).These DVDs address over 1000 home-related systems issues and contain real life scenes from out on-site from across the nation. Topics include:

  • HVAC
  • Structural
  • Exteriors
  • Basic Roofing
  • Advanced Roofing
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Hands-on HVAC
  • Steam Heat
  • Hands-on Practical
Second Set of Training Materials
  • Testing and sealing Chronology
  • Attics
  • Chimneys and Flues
  • Attic Louvers/Whole house fans
  • Large Attic leaks
  • Small Attic Air Leaks
  • Cape Cod style example
  • Flat Roofs
  • Moisture from attic bypasses
  • Air intrusion - soffit vent
  • Major air leaks from outside
  • Large leaks from wall cavity to inside
  • Small leaks
  • Straight through leaks
  • Garage and attached sheds
  • Basements
  • Large leaks
  • Small leaks
  • Interior leaks
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Windows
  • Duct Leakage Diagnostic
  • Thermal vs. Pressure Boundaries
  • Diagnostic Equipment
  • Blower Door
  • Smoke Generator
  • Digital Pressure Gauge
  • Pressure Pan
  • Duct Pressurization System
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Dominant Duct leakage
  • Door Closure effects
  • Exhaust fan effects
  • Blower Door test
  • CFM 50 Test
  • Zone Pressure tests
  • Using chemical smoke
  • Pressure Pan Test
  • Dust Air tightness test
  • Total Leakage
  • Outside Leakage
  • Fog Machine
  • Static Pressure and Temperature tests
  • Types of Houses
  • Basic Air Flow and Duct Leakage
Third Part of Training Materials

1 DVD: Energy Business and Marketing issues

DVD Energy Equipment Training
  • Blower Door
  • Pressure Pan and Room Pressure Testing
  • Zone Pressure Diagnostics
  • Duct Blaster Demonstration
DVD Energy Basics: Basic Energy Concepts, Heat Flow, Climate and Comfort, etc.
  • The Concept of Energy
  • Heat Flow and the Transformation of Energy
  • Climate, Comfort, and Energy
  • Inspection and Diagnosis of a Building
  • Leakage of Air
  • Principles of Air Sealing
  • Blower Door Testing
  • Finding Air Leakage
  • Strategies for Testing Duct Leakage
  • Principles of Energy
  • Energy and the Building Shell
  • Air Leakage, Insulation
  • Windows and Doors
  • Heating
  • Lighting and Appliances
  • Cooling
  • Water Heating
  • Health and Safety

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**