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Set Yourself Apart in the Field of Residential Energy-Efficiency Retrofitting

KEENE, N.H., 09/22/10 - Professionals who conduct residential and multifamily building performance audits or who specify or install certain building performance enhancements know the key to energy-efficient building performance lies in viewing the house as a system - understanding the interaction of the HVAC system, the building envelope, and the home itself.

Keene State College, working with Building Performance Institute (BPI), offers Building Analyst Training. The course offers you an opportunity to enhance your credentials and sharpen your competitive edge in the field of energy- efficient building performance.

You learn fundamentals of building science, identifying and understanding building performance problems - including ice dams, mold and mildew, and indoor air quality issues - analyzing buildings using blower door technology and other diagnostic equipment, and assessing building tightness, mechanical and distribution systems, and combustion safety for a whole-house, performance-based approach while also gaining practical application of blower door, combustion safety, and other diagnostics for assessing air leakage and efficiency in buildings. The fall session, from October 5 through 28, is taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 10 p.m. The $1,200 fee includes the cost of written and field certification exams.

According to BPI, a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential, energy-efficiency retrofit work, many of the country’s 128 million homes were built before energy and building codes were much of a concern. These homes often suffer from performance problems ranging from high-energy consumption to poor thermal comfort to indoor air quality issues. BPI’s nationally recognized standards use the house-as-a-system approach to improve the performance of existing homes in its building analyst training.

Information about this Keene State College Continuing Education program is available online, by e-mail (continuing-, by telephone (800-KSC-1909 or 603-358-2290), or directly from the Continuing Education and Extended Studies Office (229 Main Street, Elliot Center, first floor, Keene, N.H.).

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