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 2019 Builders' Boot Camp is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 & 29, 2019. Session descriptions and presenter bios are below. Click the link to register for Builders' Boot Camp; the registration deadline is August 16, 2019. 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 Robin Saul at rsaul@chpc2.org or at (540) 260-9081 ext. 4000.

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Tips and Tricks for Blower Door and Duct Testing

This session will provide some easy solutions to common problems that testers encounter in the field when running a blower door or duct test. No matter what brand you use, these tips include some helpful apps you can download to your mobile device, methods for locating leaks, tricks for making duct testing easier, and field checking and caring for your fans and manometers. We’ll even show you how you can make your own exhaust fan flow meter to measure bath fan exhaust and other forms of mechanical ventilation.  We also have some special clear manometers that we’ll pass around so you can see in inner workings of the gauge. This will show how pressure ports connect to small hoses that connect to digital pressure sensors. This is also a prime opportunity to ask any troubleshooting questions to may have for a blower door and duct tester manufacturer.

Sam MyersSam Myers is a marketing and training consultant for Retrotec, Inc. where he manages trade shows, conducts field studies, and serves as a building science consultant. He has also spent several years as a building scientist with Advanced Energy — one of the most respected efficiency consultancies in North America — where he managed field operations for building performance programs and served housing developers that included Habitat for Humanity. He holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from East Carolina University, is a certified HERS rater, and is a licensed real estate broker. Sam lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Making a home healthier through energy-efficient upgrades

This session will change your vision from the macro to micro conditions and learn how they impact the occupants. This will be applied through the 8 healthy home "Keep-It" principles and then see what common installations have the most benefit. We will cover the best materials and practices to reduce the impacts on the occupant. 

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the healthy home "Keep-It" principles to your work in a home
  • Use your diagnostic tools to understand that energy-efficient upgrades make the home healthier
  • Identify common occupant health risks and what are the potential solutions 
  • Understand the home-as-a-system from a macro and micro perspective

Joe MedoschJoe Medosch (med-osh) - Healthy Building Scientist for Hayward Score, Owner of Energy & Environmental Consulting and Founder of HHEA, Healthy Home Environment Association. His diverse background in multiple trades provides a unique understanding of “The House as System.” Joe has been evaluating homes (for better or worse) for 18+ years and has been a Comfort Consultant /Trainer for over 10+ years providing solutions on Healthy/Energy Efficient Home Performance. His certifications / knowledge base and committees include: Healthy Homes Master Trainer, IAQ/IEQ assessments, ICC, BPI, RESNET, SMACNA, ASTM, etc.

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Supporting Successful Energy Education

In the process of completing a home performance or weatherization job, many individuals communicate with the customer to schedule an appointment, explain the audit or installation process, or to answer questions about a measure. As we work with our customers in an effort to ensure persistence of savings, how often do we hear from our co-workers that the customer is not interacting with the measure effectively? When a customer doesn’t replace a furnace filter or set the thermostat correctly, do you hear – “I don’t know why they didn’t do it correctly? “I told them how.”?  These learning experiences can be greatly influenced by the skills of existing and often seasoned, knowledgeable sta­ff. By reviewing how adults learn—and how we as educators can improve the learning curve—we ensure our education activities stick for the individuals we are working with. Utilizing effective communication, we obtain valuable information to support the work and help the customer identify realistic behavior change actions. We’ll explore which words to use with customers versus field staff­ and contractors and recognize how easy it is to fall back into the technical jargon we know so well. Additionally, we’ll review effective education program components and processes. As a result, we’ll have the opportunity to learn from one another, improve our skills, and realize better outcomes when working with our customers.

After attending this session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss basic adult education principles related to changing behavior
  • Identify methods for successful home performance communications with customers
  • Review components of effective energy education processes


Suzanne HarmelinkSuzanne Harmelink is a nationally-recognized professional with 20 years of experience in the design and management of residential energy efficiency and technical training programs. Her strong understanding of weatherization and energy assistance helps her serve as an effective leader—delivering industry best practices training for residential service providers while helping low-income customers benefit from energy efficiency. Ms. Harmelink manages Slipstream’s training center leading a team of building science specialists, trainers and technical liaisons ensuring quality, accreditation and relevancy. She was instrumental in the design and development of Wisconsin’s Weatherization Guidebook, a customer-focused information tool, used as part of the customer education process.

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Advanced Moisture Diagnosis

Join us as we review the processes and diagnostic tools used by the one and only Anthony Cox as he diagnoses severe moisture issues in the field. Case studies from the past year will include a mobile home in TN, a site-built home in SWVA, and a brick federal penitentiary turned senior housing development. Topics will include moisture modelling, infrared imaging, commissioning equipment, and more. Join us for this exciting session on the forefront of building moisture issues.   

Anthony CoxAnthony Cox - As a Lead Trainer, Anthony develops and provides training in residential energy conservation and diagnostics for the weatherization network and its subcontractors. He is BPI-certified as a Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Retrofit Installer Technician, Crew Leader, Infiltration Duct Leakage Professional, Healthy Home Evaluator, HERS Rater, Building Analyst Professional, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional, and Manufactured Housing Professional. He also holds Master HVAC and Residential Building Analyst licenses in Virginia. Anthony has over 25 years of experience in the field, and he joined CHP Energy Solutions in 1999. Anthony developed the nationally-recognized House of Pressure® and H.A.M. House® as training tools, and he received a 2005 National Weatherization Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Anthony is also the 2016 recipient of the Home Performance Coalition Linda Wigington Leadership Award.

Andrew Woodruff is a trainer and project manager for CHP Energy Solutions. He has a broad range of professional experience that includes architectural design and construction, affordable housing program administration, and energy modeling. Andrew earned a degree in Architectural Technology and Design, with a minor in Community and Regional Planning from Appalachian State University. He is certified as a BPI HEP Quality Control Inspector, BPI HEP Energy Auditor, BPI Building Analyst, BPI Building Envelope Professional, BPI Heating Professional, BPI AC and Heat Pump Professional, BPI Residential Building Envelope-Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer, HERS Rater, EPA 608 Type II, NAHB Green Verifier 2008, and Green Building Standard Verifier 2012.