On Campus Courses

2016 Builders' Boot Camp

Instructor-led course (5000.2016)

Course description

The CHP Builders' Boot Camp is two days of intensive, interactive, and collaborative learning to equip participants with the most current information and skills to maintain their edge in the construction industry and provide the highest quality services. Spaces are limited to maximize your learning experience.

All courses and sessions offered by CHP Energy Solutions meet and receive Building Performance Institute (BPI) and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit. Building code officials also qualify for a 1:1 ratio of training hours to number of CEUs awarded for the state of Virginia. If participants need other CEUs or Professional Development Credits, they may contact CHP about available training options.

Builders' Boot Camp sessions will cover the following topics:

Healthy Homes
The connection between health and the indoor environment is well known. Home Performance contracting and weatherization done right may significantly improve the indoor air quality of a home A growing body of research has demonstrated that improvements made in the indoor environment leads to better occupant health. The air sealing and ventilation practices of Home Performance and Weatherization contractors is saving more than BTUs. This session introduces and reinforces the seven principles of a healthy home. Attendees will better understand the various pollutant sources found in a home (i.e. CO, dust, moisture, lead, radon, VOCs), their pathways into the home and the most effective methods for control. The presenter will share research findings and experiences, incorporating Healthy Home principles and practice into a service delivery model.  

All Things “Mini-Split”
John Semmelhack will provide an overview of the fastest growing market segment in the residential HVAC industry – “mini-split” heat pumps. While still new to many North Americans, these variable capacity, variable refrigerant flow heat pumps are the dominant type of heat pump in the rest of the world and offer several advantages for high performance homes, multi-family apartments and retrofits. Semmelhack will dig into the details on ductless as well as ducted options, single-split vs. multi-split designs, sizing and over-sizing, energy efficiency and cost with a focus both on multi-family as well as single-family applications.

Building Science with RED Tools
This session will be an interactive demonstration of the online Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) building science calculation tools. Focus will be on the use of “RED” as a tool that allows for acquiring quick calculations and performance results to better understand your home performance and weatherization diagnostic data. The RED tools cover a wide array of calculations from Ventilation and Air Leakage to Heat Transfer, Insulation and Moisture. Check out these tools before Boot Camp if you would like and bring your questions with you to camp. These simple online tools can help you understand and build tighter, healthier and more efficient structures.

Infrared for Home Performance
Interpreting Infrared – Whether you regularly use an Infrared (IR) camera, or just have an interest in getting better acquainted with the technology, this session is for you! It will focus on applying the correct application of advanced infrared technology to performing energy auditing, building envelope verifications and moisture investigations. Attendees will also come to understand the limitations and strengths of IR cameras, while getting hands on time with cameras of differing specification and costs.

BPI Continuing Education Units


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