CHP Builders' Boot Camp is an intensive, interactive, and collaborative learning workshop experience for construction industry professionals located at the CHP Training Center in Christiansburg, Va. Held periodically throughout the year, Builders' Boot Camp equips participants with the most current construction industry information and skills needed to maintain an edge in the business and provide the highest quality services to their clients. Please check back for upcoming Builders' Boot Camp announcements.

The cost for attendance is $649, which includes an evening reception on the first day and lunch on both days.



What the Duct!?

What happens to the air flow in a sagging flex duct? Is it better to use rigid elbows to turn the air? Will a variable speed blower fix all your duct problems? So many questions arise when you start trying work on duct systems so they’ll do what they’re supposed to do. In this session, we’ll look at some of the basic issues associated with duct systems: air flow, static pressure, duct leakage, and more. When you leave, you’ll be able to:

•             Diagnose the causes of poor air flow

•             Know when duct sealing may cause problems

•             Describe what’s necessary for good air flow

This session will NOT be a deep dive into the theory behind air flow and duct design. It WILL be a hands-on workshop to get you familiar what matters and what doesn’t in getting a duct system to perform well. We’ll give you just enough of the theory to make sense of what you discover and provide resources for you to learn more after the class.

TRAINER: Allison Bailes writes the Energy Vanguard Blog for the company of the same name, which he founded in 2008. He has also built a high-performance home out of structural insulated panels, run a home performance company, and worked as regional manager for the EarthCraft House green building program. Having earned a PhD in physics from the University of Florida, he has a strong background in the science underlying the growing field of building science. He is a certified RESNET HERS trainer and on the board of directors for the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). In addition, he is a juggler and a skier as well as having the honor of being perhaps the only man included in Who’s Who of American Women.

Indoor Air Quality: Myths, Reality, Assessment, Solutions

People want good indoor air quality, but often don’t know what it is or what to do.  This session will explore multiple facets of indoor air quality.  We will discuss myths and reality, where different contaminants come from and what they do, common problems in homes, measurement techniques for different contaminants, and ventilation strategies.  Contaminants to be discussed include moisture, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ozone, respirable particles (PM2.5), and radon.  Sampling tools will be displayed and discussed.  Plenty of time will be available for Q&A.

TRAINER: Paul Francisco is the director of the Indoor Climate Research & Training program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been training IHWAP workers for over 12 years and is a frequent presenter at national conferences.  He holds the QCI and HHE certifications, is a member of the BPI Board of Directors, and is the current chair of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee for residential ventilation.  He has contributed to policy development for the national WAP program.  He also conducts research on the connection between energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Reduce Your Costs and Increase Your Profits Using Quality Management

Whether you are a private contractor or a weatherization agency, call-backs and employee turnover affect your bottom line. Every call-back reduces your net income and the cost to train a new employee diverts resources better used to increase production and generate revenue. Of all the investments, you can make in your organization, the investment in creating a culture and system of quality will pay the greatest dividend over the long haul. This session will be an introduction to Quality Management as a profit center. We will look at the real cost of call-backs, how to create a culture of quality in your organization, and how to train and retain staff. This will be an inter-active session which will challenge you with exercises and activities designed to engage you in the process of improving your organization’s commitment to Quality.

TRAINER: In 1980, Dick started EnTherm, Inc, a retrofit insulation company in Syracuse, NY. In 2001, EnTherm was the first company recruited into New York State Research and Development Authority’s Home Performance with Energy Star™ program. EnTherm won NYSERDA’s Outstanding Achievement in Home Performance Contracting award every year it was given between 2002 and 2006. In May, 2006, Dick and his partner sold EnTherm to GreenHomes America. Dick remained on the management team of GreenHomes until August, 2010 when he left to start his own consulting business, DickKornbluth, LLC. Dick serves on the board of the Building Performance Institute where he is currently Board Chair. He has been a regular presenter at Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI now HPC) conferences since the late 1990’s and has presented on topics ranging from air sealing and dense pack insulation to business management.

Moisture Movement, Loads and Monitoring 

This session will consist of an overview of moisture movement in buildings utilizing Anthony Cox’s interactive model H.A.M. (Heat, Air, Moisture) House, other props, tools and moisture measurement equipment. Discussions will consist of moisture and its effects within tighter more efficient buildings and how moisture loads are controlled or not controlled, especially in humid climates with part load conditions. Demonstration of remote Wi-Fi monitoring equipment and recent data collected from buildings with moisture issues will be discussed including findings, and results from implementing control strategies.

TRAINER: Nikki Krueger is the Industry Manager for Therma-Stor’s residential moisture control products lines, including Ultra-Aire whole house ventilating dehumidifiers, Santa Fe freestanding dehumidifiers and CrawlGuard encapsulation products. Involved in the indoor air quality industry for over 15 years and has worked with several organizations including: ACCA, the NAHB Research Center for Green Approved Products, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Build, Earth Advantage, La House Home Research Center, and EarthCraft. She is a RESNET certified home energy rater, has completed the comprehensive training for the green home verifier accreditation administered by the NAHB Research Center, and the professional development training course on ASHRAE 62.2 Standard. She is an active member of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Association, currently serving as vice chair of the building envelope committee, as well as on the certification and safety committees.

BUILDING SCIENCE MANAGER/LEAD TRAINER: As a lead trainer, Anthony develops and provides training in residential energy conservation and diagnostics for the weatherization network and its subcontractors. He is a BPI HEP Quality Control Inspector, BPI HEP Energy Auditor, BPI HEP Crew Leader, BPI HEP Crew Leader, BPI HEP Retrofit Installer Technician, HERS Rater, BPI-certified Building Analyst Professional, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional, and Manufactured Housing Professional. Anthony joined CHP Energy Solutions in 1999 and has over 20 years of experience in the field. He developed the nationally-recognized House of Pressure as a training tool, and received a 2005 National Weatherization Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Energy.