550 Industrial Drive, Christiansburg, VA, USA 24073

DIRECTIONS: Interstate 81 exit 118C. West on Route 460. Right on Industrial Drive. MAP

CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training

CHP's 12,600 sq. ft. Research and Training Center brings building science training into the twenty-first century. Located in Christiansburg, Virginia, our high-tech classrooms are equipped with the latest SMART technology, allowing our instructors to give you an effective and memorable learning experience.

Diagnostic Labs  These fully equipped training and testing labs include operational appliances and ventilation systems controlled by iPads.

Grandma’s House  Named after the Grandma’s House video, this learning lab is equipped for diagnostic and combustion safety testing.

HVAC Lab  This fully operational laboratory includes a variety of heating and cooling systems that students will encounter in the field.

Classrooms  With interactive SMART Boards, iPads, laptops, and high-definition videoconferencing equipment, our classrooms utilize the latest learning technologies and may be configured to suit a variety of classes and meetings.

Mobile Home  This on-site mobile home enables students to practice air-sealing and insulation techniques specific to this housing stock.


Our training labs are equipped with our custom-designed props to give you the controlled, hands-on experience you need. Whether you are here for a classroom session, a hands-on lab, or both, the CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center is the place to learn energy conservation and weatherization techniques that work!

Dense Packing Prop  Used to demonstrate and apply appropriate sidewall insulation techniques.

Large Air Sealing Prop  Used to simulate a sample attic and crawlspace to practice air sealing methods and shielding prior to insulation.

Pressure House  Life-size iPad-controlled diagnostic house used to demonstrate house-as-a-system concepts, especially combustion appliance zone testing.

Gas Furnace and Domestic Water Heater  Used to demonstrate worst-case combustion appliance zone testing, CO testing, draft, and other appliance efficiency and health and safety issues.

Manufactured Housing Rooftop Access Prop  Used to demonstrate cutting and sealing methods for rooftop access points to insulate attic space.

Manufactured Housing Duct Prop  Used to properly build, repair, and seal manufactured housing ductwork.