(0.5 CEU) WAP's goal is to increase the energy efficiency, reduce energy expenditures, and improve their health and safety. In this module, we’ll learn about the way the program is structured and how it has worked for more than forty years to improve dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible persons.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to the training on Developing Scoring Criteria. In this module, we’ll practice creating scoring criteria that can be used to make objective decisions when evaluating proposals. You’ll hear why developing meaningful criteria is an important part of getting the best possible product or service at the best possible price.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to Crossing the Finish Line. In this module, we’ll provide an overview of the essential elements that WAP Administrators need to include in an effective subcontract to stay in compliance with regulations. We will also discuss the potential issues that may arise if a subcontract contains an ineffective Scope of Work.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to the Client eligibility training: Meet Your Clients. In this module, we’ll practice determining eligibility and identifying what makes a building a good candidate for weatherization services. We’ll also cover how to apply the Department of Energy’s priorities for service.
(0.5 CEU) It’s a Deferral, What Next? Welcome. In this module, we’ll explore a range of challenges - and solutions - that WAP Administrators face when dealing with applicants who may need to be deferred. We will practice determining when a deferral is necessary and how best to support clients through the process.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to the “House as a System Training.” In this module, we’ll explore how the systems and occupants of a house interact. Specifically, we’ll equip you with information that will help you both answer clients’ questions and clearly explain why certain energy conservation measures are installed.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to Understanding the Savings to Investment Ratio or SIR. In this module, we’ll learn about how cost-effectiveness is measured in the Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, and what can affect the cost-effectiveness of a measure and a job. This knowledge helps you more accurately respond to client questions.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to the Federal Statutes, Regulations, and Grant Guidance training. At the Weatherization Assistance Program, we are committed to improving the energy efficiency, health, safety, and comfort of our clients, while adhering to applicable laws and regulations. Each of us shares the responsibility of meeting these requirements. Maintaining compliance is an important part of everyone’s role.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to: Show Me the Money! Reconciling Invoices. Although the installation may be complete, a job isn’t done until all invoices have been reconciled and the project has been closed out. In this training, we’ll practice reconciling invoices with the work order.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to the Managing Assets and Inventory training. In this module, we will take a closer look at how Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, administrators can effectively manage assets, such as materials, supplies, tools, vehicles and equipment used in weatherization projects.
(1 CEU) Welcome to Basic Employee Management for Weatherization Directors. Have you or someone you know been thrust into the role of director with little (or no) experience managing people? In this module, you will learn the basics of motivating and maintaining high-performing staff within the context of the unique challenges and rewards of WAP.
(0.5 CEUs) Welcome to the training on how to Support Quality Work with Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Funds. Improving work quality is a key focus for administrative teams, and can be achieved by identifying and addressing training needs. And to do this, program administrators must know how to properly allocate T&TA funds to support investment in WAP staff and contractors. In this module, you will learn how to articulate the value of training as you address common objections to staff and contractor training.
(1 CEU) Welcome to the training about how to Request the Right Training for Your Agency. Knowing how to draft a Scope of Work for training makes sure that WAP agencies get training relevant to your needs, rather than off the shelf training that may not support your training goals. In this module, you will learn how to draft a Scope of Work tailored to your agency’s specific training needs, informed by work quality data and other metrics.
(0.5 CEUs) Welcome to “Identifying Work Quality Issues.” In this module, we’ll practice determining the root cause of work quality issues. Creating a system to identify and evaluate such issues forms the bedrock of a continuous improvement process for your program. If you would like information on how to navigate this course, select the Navigation Tutorial button. Otherwise, select the forward arrow to begin.
(0.5CEU) Welcome to The Basics of Multifamily Weatherization. Incorporating low and mid-rise multifamily buildings into your production can offer opportunities to expand your program and serve many additional clients. In this module, you will explore the resources and procedures to build your program’s capacity and start weatherizing multifamily buildings
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to Weatherization Budget Basics. Managing a complex budget and accurately along with DOE grant funds is necessary to ensure that weatherization projects remain fully funded through the project’s completion. In this module, you will practice categorizing expenses and identifying restricted budget categories that may impact how to allocate certain funds.
(0.5 CEUs) Welcome to Effective Production Planning. In this module, we’ll identify factors that can impact production and cause delays. And, we’ll practice forecasting the number of jobs to be completed in the program year based on allocations and spending thresholds.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to Managing Multiple Funding Streams. For weatherization agencies, success depends on knowing when to accept additional funding to extend weatherization services and leveraging the flexibility of funding sources to maximize the number of homes to be served. In this module, you will learn how to evaluate funding from different sources and match available funds to expenses while remaining in compliance with all funder requirements.
(1 CEU) WAP Directors may need to modify contracts with the Grantee in response to changes in production capacity or adjust budgets to align with actual expenditures. To accomplish this in compliance with all regulations and requirements, you’ll need to understand the process to modify a WAP contract and budget. This includes understanding when funds can be transferred between budget categories.
(0.5 CEU) Welcome to Track Production Budgets. Among the many tasks of weatherization directors, keeping an up-to-date account of the production budget is one of the most important. Having a current account of job costs contributes to steady workflow and meeting production targets. In this module, we will practice updating a job tracking spreadsheet and calculating the average cost per unit, so that you can proactively identify potential issues before they significantly impact your production goals.
(1.5 CEUs) Pressure is a physical principle that describes the difference in density, elevation, temperature, concentration (or some other measurement) between one place and another. Flow and pressure are related to one another. Pressure causes flow, and flow causes pressure. Pressure and flow together move towards equilibrium.
(1.5 CEUs) Before insulators install attic insulation, they need to prepare the attic. Too many attics are insulated without sufficient preparation. Never insulate in attic without air sealing the attic first. Without good prep work, the attic insulation job won’t deliver its potential energy savings and may create problems. This lesson describes the steps insulators should take before installing attic insulation.
(1.5 CEUs) This lesson outlines the most dangerous biological and chemical hazards that we find in buildings and on job sites. We discuss the personal protective equipment (PPE), administrative changes, and other actions to protect workers from these respiratory, hearing, and other hazards.
(2.5 CEUs) Building-energy specialists use manometers to measure building air-pressures and blower-door airflow. Your measurement’s accuracy depends how you set up and use the manometer. Manometers have many different settings depending on the building and other factors. You need to know how to set up a manometer before you take a measurement.
(1 CEU) Building-energy specialists need to prepare the building envelope in a consistent way to conduct accurate blower-door tests. This lesson outlines how to prepare the building to energy-industry standards. You’ll learn how windows, doors, ventilation equipment, and combustion appliances affect measurement accuracy.
(3.0 CEUs) This course will prepare you to take the BPI (Building Performance Institute) Energy Auditor written exam and field exam. Practice the field exam by taking the 50-question exam in this course up to 3 times. You won't take the exact same exam twice because the 50 questions are taken from a 75-question selection. For the field exam, watch the video and study the reading assignments.
( 9.0 CEUs) Before we spend money on improving the buildings energy efficiency, we need an energy audit. There is quite a bit of math and other evaluation tools involved in an energy audit. You need a wide variety of information to evaluate a home and to write a work order. This topic focuses on improving your ability to evaluate buildings quantitatively.
(0.5 CEU, 30 minutes) This course presents a book summary of Building Expertise, Training For Performance Improvement. This book is an important and valuable guide for trainers, based on research by the University of California on training methods that work and don't work. We summarize the book in an 18 minute video and a two page handout.
(0.5 CEUs; 30 minutes) When matter changes states from a gas to a liquid to a solid it's embodied heat decreases. If it goes from solid to liquid to gas it's embodied energy increases. These two videos give you a comprehensible introduction.
(0.9 CEUs; 55 minutes) Cool roofs are essential part to reduce electricity use for air conditioning and to keep buildings comfortable during increasingly hot weather. Four videos demonstrate how easy and straightforward it is to take a hot roof and turn it into a cool roof.
(1.5 CEUs) This course is about retrofitting doors, which requires quite a bit of good judgement along with carpentry skills. You’ll learn about the most common problems with doors and how to fix them. We discuss the types of door weatherstrip and how to weatherstrip doors.
(5.0 CEUs) This course explores the many aspects of duct energy efficiency, including these: duct air sealing, duct insulation, and airflow through ducts. The purpose of this course is to help you think about ducts holistically and to understand how ducts affect heating and cooling efficiency.
(1.0 CEU) Ducts located outside the conditioned space need duct insulation. Without insulation, ducts outside the thermal boundary waste energy and don’t deliver conditioned air to inside spaces efficiency. This leads to comfort problems, condensation problems, and high energy bills.
(2.0 CEUs) A duct blower is a generic term for a device that is also called a Duct Blaster or a duct tester. Duct-airtightness testing can be a challenge, even for experienced building-energy specialists. This lesson discusses industry standards for duct-airtightness testing in detail.
(0.7 CEU; 45 minutes) Building pressures cause the infiltration of outdoor air and the exfiltration of indoor air. Unbalanced airflow between supply and return ducts can cause positive pressures in some rooms and negative pressures in others. Duct air leakage in intermediate zones can make the building pressurized.
(0.8 CEU; 45 minutes) Window shading is a vital energy retrofit for saving electricity on air conditioning and for providing acceptable comfort in buildings. This micro course introduces the three most economical options for shading windows. Exterior window treatments are far superior to interior window treatments (with the exception of window films).
(0.5 CEU; 30 minutes)This micro course contains a variety of information on the most common electric circuits found in buildings. We present electric circuits in two videos. The questions in the exam are based on the two videos. We also include two optional readings for some auxiliary information about electricity use in buildings.
(0.5 CEU; 25 minutes) Electricity peak load is one of the world's most challenging energy problems. In the summer heat, the energy users of a particular utility company all need electricity at the same time. This peak load drives up the cost of electricity to consumers, our economy, and the environment. This course explains the problem of peak electrical load and how air conditioning contributes to that problem.
(0.5 CEUs; 25 minutes) Even though we depend on electricity for so many essential functions of our civilization, our understanding of electricity tends to be incomplete. This course is a good place to improve your understanding of electricity and how it relates to power and energy. The focus of this course is on units of measurement and how they relate to the way we use electricity and combustion in our modern world.
(0.9 CEU; 55 minutes) This course explores the contrast between homes in warm climates and cold climates, both in their seasonal energy use and their baseload energy use. This micro course also talks about how the percentages of electricity and gas usage varies throughout the year. This is important information for energy auditors and professionals who analyze energy bills.
(1.5 CEUs) HVAC airflow problems are difficult to diagnose and fix. Poor HVAC airflow can dramatically reduce building energy performance, even if the building is otherwise energy efficient. Never assume that HVAC airflow is sufficient for good HVAC efficiency. This lesson covers the causes and solutions of common HVAC airflow problems.
(0.9 CEU; 55 minutes) Storm windows are an underrated energy-conservation retrofit, especially since energy specialists have been installing low E storm windows. Although there may be some low E acrylic glazing, glass is really the only low E glazing currently used for storm windows. Acrylic glazing allows more infrared radiation out through interior storms during the heating season compared to glass.
(1.5 CEUs) Fibrous insulation is the least expensive as well as the most commonly used insulation. Fibrous insulation encompasses different materials and products. Wise selection and correct installation are important. This lesson covers the different materials and product types of fibrous insulation and their most important characteristics.
(2.0 CEUs) Gas heating equipment comes in all many types and models. An energy auditor should be able to correctly identify these systems and explain how they work. This lesson covers the types of gas-burning appliances, their major features, and how to identify them.
(0..5 CEU; 30 minutes) Includes a demonstration video on a home health and safety inspection and an overview of health and safety hazards. Materials include a few very informative reading assignments. Saturn's approach to home health and safety is to identify the most statistically significant hazards and to focus on them rather than making an endless list of things to be afraid of.
(0.5 CEUs; 30 minutes) Wall insulation is more challenging than floor or ceiling insulation because walls are vertical and experience the kind of chimney effect. This means they are more likely to have convection currents that reduce their thermal resistance, compared to horizontal building assemblies.
(0.3 CEU; 20 minutes) The video in this micro course provides you with a mental map of home-energy usage. The reading informs you about the relative amount of energy that the energy consumers use. Together, the two should help you realize the different ways of saving energy and the approximate value of each way.
(0.9 CEU; 55 minutes) Human comfort is what we try to achieve in buildings with heating and cooling systems. This micro course explores how the human body responds to heating and cooling systems. Some HVAC systems provide adequate comfort and some don't, depending on their operation and the human beings in the building.
(1.0 CEU) HVAC systems are expensive to replace. When we solve HVAC problems without replacing the system, we benefit our client. This mini course covers how to improve existing HVAC systems through retro-commissioning. Retro-commissioning evaluates the functioning of HVAC systems through measurement and adjustment.
(1.5 CEUs) HVAC systems are expensive to replace. If we replace an existing system, we should make it the most efficient systems that the client or organization can afford. This course covers how to make the best choices to either service the existing system or select and install the most efficient HVAC system the customer can afford.
(1.5 CEUs) HVAC systems are only effective if they distribute the right amount of airflow. Forced-air HVAC systems are notorious for air-distribution problems. You’ll learn how static pressures, equipment maintenance, and duct design affect airflow into rooms. You’ll also learn methods to improve forced-air distribution and solve airflow problems.
(1.5 CEUs) This lesson covers the most important installation issues you’ll encounter when inspecting insulation. This lesson covers how to evaluate the performance of installed insulation. Insulators should install insulation using established procedures that optimize its effectiveness. However insulators often install insulation incorrectly.
(1.5 CEUs) Air leaks into and out of mobile homes through predictable locations. Blower door testing helps energy specialists to evaluate the existing air leakage and to plan the air sealing work. Air sealing mobile homes is no more difficult than air sealing site-built homes and is often easier.
(1.5 CEUs) We begin this course by showing you how mobile homes are built. This lesson will explain how workers assemble the home in the factory, starting from the steel trailer up through the roof. The construction sequence and methodology is quite different from the methodology of building a site-built home.
(1.5 CEUs) Mobile home factories frame floors from 2 x 6 lumber. The floor cavities are usually uninsulated. The manufacturers insulate the floor with a long and wide blanket underneath the floor joists. A waterproof fabric or asphalt impregnated fiber board protects the insulation and subfloor for moisture and damage. Insulators blow fiberglass insulation into the floor cavities, using a variety of methods.
(1.5 CEUs) Some workers think that insulating mobile home walls is either impossible or not cost-effective. Many weatherization agencies and private contractors insulate mobile home wall successfully, nonetheless. This course demonstrates two ways to insulate mobile home walls.
(2.0 CEUs) This test requires you to know how mobile homes get built in a factory, and their air leakage and insulation shortcomings. Test content: mobile-home construction, air sealing, duct sealing, along with roof, wall, and floor insulation. Our Mobile Home Weatherization Course is good preparation for taking this test, and you might not want to take the test without that course, unless you are very experienced working with mobile homes.
(1.5 CEUs) Moisture is most potent destructive force affecting buildings. Moisture moves through buildings in complex ways that are difficult to understand and control. This lesson discusses how moisture affects human health and building durability. Because moisture can damage buildings, how do we manage moisture to prevent this damage?
(08 CEU; 40 minutes) Multipoint blower door tests are useful for harvesting a variety of diagnostic data that single-point test can't provide. This micro course presents two videos and several reading assignments on multipoint blower door testing with and without software.
(0.5 CEU; 30 minutes) The noninvasive superheat test lets you estimate the superheat of an air conditioner or a heat pump operating in the summer. Noninvasive means that we don't have to connect of refrigeration manifold and performing this test doesn't require a refrigeration license.
(1.5 CEUs)Study the most important tools and methods insulators need to install insulation the right way. Learn about the blowing machines, hoses, power tools, hand tools, protective equipment, and work vehicles, used to install insulation in existing buildings and new ones.
(0.8 CEU; 50 minutes) Professional installers spray foam on surfaces and inject foam into cavities. Sprayed and injected foam are excellent choices for some applications. This micro course shows you a few examples. Spray foam is by far the most common of the two installations. And you can observe the coverage of spray foam. Injected foam is more of an unknown because installers inject it into closed cavities. Injected foam's success depends on experience and knowledge of the installers. Both types of liquid foam require a precise mixture and a narrow range of installation temperature. Shrinkage, voids, and cracking can be a problem.
(6.5 CEUs) Baseload energy includes water heating, lighting, and and refrigeration. Baseload energy may be up to half of the total energy that a building uses, especially in mild climates. Learn about the behavior changes, retrofits, and equipment replacements that save baseload energy.
(1.5 CEUs) What we call “pressure diagnostics” is a group of tests and observations that help us diagnose and locate air leaks. We do pressure diagnostics during a blower door test. We take measurements of pressure and airflow, which help us to know how leaky a building is so we can budget time and money for air sealing.
(35 minutes) This 10 minute video explains how to use manometers during blower door tests to find clues about the performance of air barriers. We call the tests contained in this video: simple pressure diagnostics. Find your reading assignment under the Materials tab. A short quiz will evaluate your retention of the important information presented in this video.
(2.0 CEUs) The most effective cooling strategy stops heat before it enters the building. Learn how heat enters buildings and the best strategies to stop heat gain. You’ll learn to limit heat gain in buildings, including: solar heat, air leakage, internal heat gains, and heat transmission.
(0.7 CEU; 45 minutes) How do we optimize the way we teach? Present summaries in your introductions, work from outlines to stay organized, resist distraction, put your ego aside, welcome trainees that may know as much as you do and ask for their help. Expect that learners can answer difficult questions. Use questions to stimulate discussion.
(0.5 CEU; 30 minutes) This 10-minute video breaks down the components of summer heat gain’s including solar gains, air leakage, internal gains, and heat transmission. Understanding how our environment heats our buildings during the summer is essential to creating good summer comfort. Find your reading assignment under the Materials tab. A short quiz will evaluate your retention of the important information presented in this video and readings.
(1.5 CEUs) Unventilated roof systems or above-roof ventilation are more common in other countries compared to the USA. With conventional US vented roofs, the ventilation air flows below the roof deck. However, the less common solutions in this course have design advantages over the conventional roof ventilation.
(8.0 CEUs) As we make buildings more airtight, we must install whole-building ventilation. Learn the building-science principles such as: indoor-air quality, air leakage, relative humidity, and ventilation strategies. Study a variety of different ventilation systems and how to install these systems.
(1.5 CEUs) Windows are the most complex topic under the main topic of the building envelope. They are expensive to buy and install. This lesson presents the economic factors to consider when making decisions about windows. We discuss incremental costs and four different ways of measuring cost-effectiveness of window decisions.
(0.9 CEU; 55 minutes) Naturally drafting combustion appliances often spill their combustion products and produce carbon monoxide. Worst-case depressurization testing is an accepted way to discover whether a particular heating appliance is spilling or producing CO during worst-case conditions.