Green Careers Connection
BASI course description
During this course you will be introduced to the skills and principles necessary for working in the expanding field of home weatherization. You will learn how to install air sealing and insulation treatments that increase a home's energy efficiency. This course teaches the basics skills necessary for weatherizing a building. While this course will not turn you into an advanced practitioner, it will provide the background necessary to become a highly qualified entry level installer.
The topics covered in this course will also provide you with a strong background to participate in the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification training.
In completing this course, you will be able to apply air sealing and insulation treatments to buildings to increase their energy efficiency.
RBEWHALCI – Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer
Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer – implement measures to tighten the building envelope to reduce energy loss from air leakage and also reduce pollutants and allergens through air migration. Improve thermal comfort and energy efficiency through the proper installation of dense-pack insulation materials. (From BPI's Web site)
http://www.bpi.org/professionals_why.aspx source of quotes below
"Many state, local and utility energy efficiency programs use the services of BPI certified professionals, because they know they will get quality work with a good return on investment. In fact, the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites BPI or equivalent for individual certification."
"Our tried and tested standards for home performance work using the house-as-a-system approach allow you to prioritize repairs and provide customers with a forecast of their return on investment through energy savings. You'll be able to trace problems to their root causes, prescribe real solutions and get the job done right – the first time. "
BASI lab photos
Student learning to install dense-pack cellulose insulation
(left, Bill Mitchell, instructor/right, Mark B., student)
Student (Charles M.) installing dense-pack cellulose insulation into a BASI lab prop
Student (r, Charles M.) w. instructor Bill Mitchell (l) installing dense pack cellulose into BASI lab prop
Installing proper air sealing around a chimney chase in a simulated attic space.
Students use hands-on methods to learn proper air sealing and insulation techniques:
BASI lab props are designed to simulate a variety of situations found in a typical home that would need to be treated for air sealing and insulation efficiency.