Cape & Islands Self Reliance announces its fall schedule for BPI courses

Cape Cod Self Reliance announced its fall schedule for Building Performance Institute (BPI) courses in building science.

All courses will be held Cataumet, MA.

BPI Building Analyst
October 11-15 (4 days in the classroom and 2 days in the field)

This course is the first step to becoming a professional energy auditor and covers the following topics designed to help you understand energy efficient home analysis topics: Principles of Energy and Building Science; The Energy Audit Process & Site Inspection; Building Shell, Thermal Envelope and Thermal Boundary Analysis; Conditioned and Transition Zone Analysis; Airflow Basics; Ductwork and Airflow Design, Duct Leakage and Air Distribution System Repair Methods; Moisture Management; Air Quality; Combustion Safety; Air Sealing of the Building Envelope and Draft Repair; Blower Door Testing; Combustion Testing and Safety.

Building Envelope Professional
October 27-29 (3 days-21 contact hours, 2 days in the classroom and 1 day in the field)

This course is for candidates who have successfully completed the BPI Building Analyst course or who have taken energy efficiency courses.

Topics covered in Building Envelope include:  Health & Safety, Building Evaluation Fundamental Review; Insulation and Air-sealing; Combustion Analysis, Ducting and other conditioning system analysis; Duct configuration and components; Combustion Safety Testing; Heat Loss and Load Calculations; Ventilation and Exhaust Analysis.

Our BPI Building Envelope Field Training applies the fundamental principals learned in the classroom to an actual residential home. The training will have a large focus on Combustion Appliance Zone testing due to its importance with maintaining the health of the housing occupants. The hands-on portion of the course includes working on location and being taught how to identify common residential problems and learn to use the appropriate diagnostic equipment.

Heat Professional
November 17-19 (3 days- 21 contact hours, 2 days in the classroom and 1 day in the field)

This course is for those who have successfully completed the BPI Building Analyst course and field-testing.  The course offers 21 contact hours over three days - two days are in the classroom and one day in the field. This training uses a "whole house" performance-based approach, which includes both classroom sessions and field experience, and will cover advanced heating system diagnostic, evaluation and repair skills.  This training will help you prepare for the Building Performance Institute's Heating Professional written and field exams. Training will include review of some Building Analyst topics, but will focus more toward the HVAC system side.  This course covers the fundamentals elements of a HVAC system in relation to the basics of combustion and proper equipment set up, venting and drafting of different types of appliances, oil fired space heating set up for optimum efficiency, pressure diagnostics as it relate to the HVAC system  and the impact it has on the home, along with all the industry standard  design requirements needed for a optimum working HVAC system in regards  to heat loads, duct design, and minimum airflow requirements .

This class is geared towards HVAC contractors and general contractors with a strong interest in learning about the latest techniques in building system analysis that includes HVAC ducting and other building science diagnostic principles.  A previous BPI Building Analyst course or equivalent is strongly recommended for Heat Professional candidates.

Combustion Safety Training
October 31 and November 21

This one day course will follow the Building Performance Institute's (BPI) Standards including setting up the house, establishing worst case conditions and working with multiple combustion appliance zones (CAZ). This course does not provide national certification, but BPI Continuing Education Credits will be available.

It is intended for contractors who participate in the Mass Save Home Energy Services Program and attended Weatherization Boot Camp but require Combustion Safety training to comply with the program credential requirements effective October 1, 2011.  The list price of the training is $200.  A $150 subsidy is provided for contractors who hold Advanced Air Sealing and/or Advanced Insulation authorizations and successfully pass the combustion safety exam.

For more information about the classes and to register, visit  or call Cape & Islands Self Reliance at 508 563-6633.

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