Builders' Boot Camp sessions that will be covered:
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.
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John Davies - John is a senior trainer at the Building Performance Center and director of the Opportunity Council’s Home Improvement Department. John has worked in the field of weatherization and residential buildings for more than 25 years as an inspector, project coordinator, production manager, and program director. John contributed to the development of the Opportunity Council’s client education program, weatherization plus health initiative, and a rebate/incentive program for non-low-income households called the Community Energy Challenge. He also consults on design for energy efficiency and durability in new construction and problem mitigation in existing buildings.
Anthony 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 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.
Caleb Simon - Caleb is a project manager and trainer. He is a BPI HEP Quality Control Inspector, BPI HEP Energy Auditor, BPI HEP Crew Leader, BPI HEP Retrofit Installer Technician, HERS Rater, BPI-certified Building Analyst Professional, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, and Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional. He earned a Virginia general contractor’s license and has an extensive background in business management, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Caleb joined CHP Energy Solutions in early 2011. He brings 15 years experience in the construction industry ranging from general laborer to project manager.
John Semmelhack - John is the owner of Think Little, a building science consulting firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in building enclosure and mechanical system design for single-family and multi-family Passive House and net-zero energy homes in the mid-Atlantic. Since 2007, Think Little has provided consulting, testing and inspection services for over 2,500 multi-family and single-family housing units, including several firsts – the first certified Passive House residence in Virginia as well as some of the first EarthCraft certified net-zero homes. John is a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater and an EarthCraft Technical Advisor. John is also a Certified Passive House Consultant, is a past member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) Technical Committee, and is a PHIUS Trainer for the Certified Passive House Consultant training programs.