|This 30 hour Weatherization Technician training, is classroom and hands-on. Students will learn in the classroom, from a mockup scale model house called The House of Pressure, and hands-on in a partially built cottage the following: Energy conservation and sustainability, Basic Hand Tools, Air Sealing, Moisture Control, Insulation and Ventilation, Mechanical Systems, Blower doors, etc. This program will prepare students to take the BPI Air Sealing and Insulation Certificate Exam (for an additional fee)|
Air Sealing: Proper materials selection based on location of leakage areas, minimum ventilation rates. Demonstrate the ability to: Use the blower door to locate leakage sites within the building, Seal attic and floor bypasses at penetrations for plumbing, electrical wiring, flue vents, ducts, dropped soffits, and balloon-framed walls, Seal typical bypasses in knee walls, finished attic spaces and basement band joists, Properly apply caulk and spray foam insulation, Identify, select, and install weather-stripping on doors, windows, and attic hatches, Repair plaster and sheetrock (drywall) and modify or install mechanical ventilation to ensure acceptable indoor air quality for post-air-sealing conditions.
Duct Sealing: Properly seal duct connections with mastic and fiberglass mesh tape or other approved material; and repair or modify duct systems as specified in a work order.
Insulation: Properties and appropriate application of different insulation materials; and potential hazards of insulating around knob-and-tube wiring. Demonstrate the ability to Install blown and batt attic insulation, Access closed wall cavities and properly install dense-packed cellulose wall insulation including removing and replacing siding, Install blown insulation and batt insulation in a floor, Install water heater installation blankets, Install insulation on ducts, hydronic distribution pipes, and domestic hot water pipes and safely operate and properly maintain insulation blowing machines and generators.
Base-Load Measures: Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps while maintaining or improving lighting levels and install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Assess the existing condition of plumbing pipes and faucets that may prohibit these measures.