CHP Builders' Boot Camp is an intensive, interactive, and collaborative learning workshop experience for construction industry professionals. Boot Camp takes place 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. 

The 2018 Builders' Boot Camp is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 & 29, 2018. Session descriptions and presenter bios are below. Click the link to register for Builders' Boot Camp; the registration deadline is August 17, 2018. CHP Builders' Boot Camp attendees will receive 14 BPI CEUs. 

The cost for attendance is $649, which includes an evening reception on the first day and lunch on both days. For more information, contact Kristie Lowry or at (540) 260-9081 ext. 4000. 


PREVENTING COMBUSTION APPLIANCE FAILURES - About 400 people per year die from accidental Carbon Monoxide poisoning.   Natural draft furnaces and water heaters are prone to spilling their exhaust into homes under certain conditions.   Sizing the combustion venting system properly is critical.  Pressures caused by turning on exhaust fans, clothes dryers, furnace fans and door closures can also contribute by pulling air down the chimney.  This session will show you practical approaches you can take to protect yourself and your customers from these unnecessary accidents.


PAUL MORIN had 15 years as a carpenter framing new homes before becoming a weatherization auditor in the early 90s.  Paul also worked for over 12 years for the Center for Energy and Environment diagnosing building shell, combustion spillage, and moisture problems in single family and multifamily buildings.  He has worked for The Energy Conservatory since 2009 providing technical support and has developed dozens of presentations and webinars and is currently on the board of the Minnesota Building Performance Association.



ASHRAE 62.2-2016: VENTILATION AND ACCEPTABLE INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS - ASHRAE 62.2 is widely used as a ventilation standard in the United States. This training will explain this important standard and its use in new and existing residential dwellings, including detached and multifamily buildings. Example calculations will be done during the training, covering design methods, and installation and control techniques. Laboratory work will include the use of various tools for measuring airflow, setting fan controls, and appraising ductwork. Rick Karg, the primary presenter, has been a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee for over ten years. Classroom discussions will include a short preview of the 62.2-2019 standard.

RICK KARG has been a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee for eleven years, and serves on the ASHRAE Residential Building Committee. Rick was the lead editor for the latest version of ASHRAE Guideline 24 (a companion IAQ guide for ASHRAE 62.2) and the lead author of ASHRAE 62.2-2016 User’s Manual. He the president of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED), a software firm behind the most commonly used online residential ventilation calculator. Over the last twenty years he has taught utility, home performance, and low-income weatherization personnel about residential ventilation and IAQ at conferences, webinars, and online courses.




  CRAWLSPACES - Vented crawl spaces often lead to many problems in homes. Critters get in and take up residence there. Moisture from the ground, the foundation walls, and the vents can keep the relative humidity high enough to grow mold and create indoor air quality problems in the home above. Ducts and HVAC equipment is less efficient and durable in these unconditioned buffer spaces. Encapsulation can solve those problems, but the results can lead to bigger problems for contractors who do it poorly.

In this workshop, we’ll look at:

                •              The science behind crawl space encapsulation

                •              The methods and materials for sealing it up

                •              How to deal with the air in an encapsulated crawl space

•              Problems to watch out for, including bulk moisture, atmospheric combustion appliances, and more

If you’re thinking of encapsulating crawl spaces or already doing it and want to know more, this session will teach you what you need to know to do it properly. 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.



GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT - During this session we will cover three important topics for builders and weatherization workers. First, we will discuss the test equipment changes that are being brought about by the enforcement of the BPI 1200 standard. We will cover what's in, what's out, and why the changes are being made. Second, we will discuss getting the most out of the infrared spot thermometers and infrared (thermographic) cameras. We will delve into the science behind the inner workings of a wide array of these devices. Finally, we will review the functional and performance aspects of test equipment used in measuring airflow in the Weatherization and HVAC settings. Several types of test instruments will be present for attendees to get a hands-on feel for how they work.

BILL SPOHN has designed, marketed and sold a wide array of test and measurement products in the last twenty-five years. Bill was design-engineering manager at Bacharach, Inc. for 10 years and HVAC Product Marketing Manager at Testo, Inc. for 10 years. Bill is President, CEO, and majority owner of TruTech Tools, LTD. He regularly teaches and writes on technically complex topics to a wide range of audiences on the applications of testing and measurement instrumentation in building science, healthy homes, Indoor Air Quality, weatherization, and HVACR.  He has worked on BPI, RESNET, GAMA, AHRI, OMA, RSES, NATE, and ACCA Technical Committees, and holds three US patents in instrumentation design. He also consults in instrumentation design, development and application along with expert witness work on HVAC equipment, heat exchanger, carbon monoxide and related issues as well as technical education.