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Building Science + HVAC Training & Certification We’ve been working in the energy efficiency field since 2002. We’re not just teaching from a textbook, we’re educating from experience on the front lines of the industry. Our specialty is providing students with...

Introduction to Home Performance Contracting Training

Are you a builder or contractor interested in adding home performance contracting services to your business? Home Energy Partners has developed a new course that will provide you with the knowledge you need to provide your clients with energy efficiency and...

Manual-J HVAC Design Loads

Our last Manual-J post focused on envelope loads and how important it is to properly account for them in your HVAC design. Now we will turn to design loads, or the almost worst case temperatures that our building must handle to keep the building occupants comfortable....

Accounting for Envelope Loads with Manual-J

Are you still using rules of thumb to size HVAC equipment? This one size fits all approach can get you in trouble with your clients and code officials. With a variety of climates, construction types and building materials to account for, there is no accurate way to...

50% Discount for HVAC Trainers

Do you teach HVAC to students for a living? We want to acknowledge you by offering you 50%-off of all of our HVAC related trainings. All you have to do it fill out the form below, telling us a little about yourself and the school for which you teach. Then, we'll send...

Elite RHVAC Manual-J Software Training Now Available

We've had our series of HVAC design courses online now for over a year, now. They've been a great success and we've received lots of positive feedback. But, we also had many folks that were looking for training on Elite's RHVAC software instead of Wrightsoft's RSU...

How to Determine Friction Rate

Friction Rate The friction rate tells us how much friction our ductwork should produce, per 100’, so that we consume the rest of our available static pressure (ASP) budget with our specific layout. The idea here is that we’re working backwards so that we can land on...

Choosing a Blower for Your HVAC System

One of the most common downfalls of installed HVAC systems is their inability to distribute the correct amount of air to where it’s needed most. When systems are restrictive, or blowers aren't powerful enough, the air simply doesn't make it to where it needs to go....

Manual-J Load Calculations Required by State Code

Manual-J's Required. 29 states have adopted codes equivalent to the 2009 or 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC). As a result, 29 states require Manual-J load calculations* be performed to properly calculate heating and cooling loads for new residential...

ONLINE Manual-D Training – Starting December 1st, 2012

Saturday December 1, 2012 - Monday December 31, 2012 | Register Description:This 1-month online Manual-D Training course will provide you with a solid overview of Manual-D concepts, as well as a thorough training on Wrightsoft's Right-D and Draw modules. This class...

Are air-conditioning repairers being competent and honest?

This is a great investigation video done by NBC, about some common (unfortunately) practices that leave homeowners paying for repairs that they don't need. As mentioned in the Energy Vanguard blog, many HVAC companies are structured around "flat-rate" pricing. While...

Manual-J – Nashville, TN (1-day)

Tuesday March 19, 2013 - Tuesday March 19, 2013 Map and Directions | Register Description:Join us in Nashville, TN for this Manual-J  training. Now that the ENERGY STAR program and many local codes are requiring Manual-J's, this is an excellent opportunity to brush up...

HERS Rater Training in The Outer Banks

This week's HERS Rater training course was in Manteo, NC,  just across the water from the Outer Banks. We had a great group of folks in the class, representing many different work experiences - builders, HVAC contractors, weatherization auditors, code official, etc....

Manual-J Load Calculation Service – Nationwide

More and more state codes are requiring room-by-room Manual-J load calculations as part of the permitting and inspection process. Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and beyond, all recognize Manual-J as being the best way to properly calculate...

How Manual-J’s Can Lead to Undersized Ductwork

If you're installing an HVAC system based on Manual-J sizing calculations, how do you know what size the ducts need to be for each room? Hopefully, you said "I'd use ACCA's Manual-D, of course." Assuming that was indeed your response, give yourself a pat on the back,...

Free HERS Rater Training for BPI Analysts – Asheville, NC

Now that we have your attention, here's the skinny... High Country Workforce Development Board has grant money help folks that qualify get training to assist them in finding a job or improving their existing business. If you qualify, you may be able to attend this...

Manual-J – Chattanooga, TN (1-day)

Monday June 4, 2012 - Monday June 4, 2012 Map and Directions | Register Description: Manual-J is the first step of the HVAC design process. This process ensures that the designer understands the true energy needs of a building, so that a properly sized system can be...

Duct Testing Opportunities and the 2012 NC Energy Code

Now that the new 2012 NC Energy Code requires every duct system to be pressure tested, there's a good business opportunity for folks that are willing to market themselves as duct-testers and form partnerships with HVAC contractors and builders. Here are some of the...

HERS Training – Outer Banks, NC (possible FREE tuition)

Monday July 16, 2012 - Friday July 20, 2012 205 S Highway 64 Map and Directions | Register Description: NORTHEASTERN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD CAN ASSIST WITH THE COST OF TRAINING if you live within one of the following counties: Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare,...

HERS Training for BPI Analysts – Asheville, NC

Monday June 18, 2012 - Thursday June 21, 2012 Map and Directions | Register Description: This is a 4 day (Monday-Thursday) intensive training that is designed to teach experienced BPI analysts the additional elements required to also be a HERS rater. We'll skip much...

20% off all Manual-J Load Calculations

We've just added a new coupon code that will give you 20% off of your Manual-J load calculation, if you order before June 1st. If you've been wanting to see what it'd be like to have a room-by-room load calculation done by a third-party professional, now's the time!...

Duct Testing for Code Requirements – Online Training

Tuesday January 1, 2013 - Monday December 17, 2012 | Register Description:To date, 29 states have adopted codes equivalent to the 2009 or 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC). As a result, these states require duct testing be performed on all HVAC...

BPI Energy Auditor Training in Greensboro, NC

A few weeks ago, we were in Greensboro, NC providing a dual-certification training (BPI Analyst + BPI Heat Pump Professional) to a group of HVAC contractors. We spent the first part of the week covering many core building science principles (heat flow, moisture flow,...

Developments in Green Construction

120,000 homes were “officially” evaluated by HERS raters in 2010 – a 7% increase from 2009. Believe it or not, this number represents 41% of all new homes built in 2010!

BPI A/C and Heat Pump Professional Training

The Building Perfoarmance Institute (BPI for short) is perhaps the country's foremost developer of  home performance and weatherization  protocols and standards - standards that save energy, save money, improve home durability, increase safety, and protect occupants...

Transitioning to ENERGY STAR Version 3

ENERGY STAR for Homes program guidelines will transition to Version 2.5 in 2011. Many homes under construction right now will be required to meet the updated requirements! This article lists lists the most significant changes and describes how this will affect the certification process.

Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency – Expires in 17 Days

There are only a few days left to take advantage of the federal tax credit for energy efficient home improvement. All improvements must be installed before the end of 2010. This $1500 tax credit can be applied toward the expense of fireplaces, heating and cooling equipment, insulation, and replacement windows.

Can Houses be “Too Insulated ” or “Too Tight”?

Tight houses need mechanical ventilation to ensure a supply of fresh air to keep people healthy; and existing houses should not be tightened without assessing whether the existing combustion appliances have an adequate source of combustion makeup air.

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