Performing a Home Energy Audit Course

 
 
 
Goal:
The goal of this course is to teach the student how to perform a full energy audit conducted on a typical house according to a national building performance technical standard.
 
Objective:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to perform a full energy audit conducted on a typical house according to a national building performance technical standard, including how to identify and report on moisture intrusion in residential buildings. 
 
 
The course includes:

  • 1,464 words;
  • 80 minutes of video;
  • inspection and writing assignment;
  • research and writing assignment; 
  • 12 quiz questions in one quiz; 
  • 50-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; 

 

Performing a Home Energy Audit Course

Course # 4002

nachi.org/energy-audit-course

Activity

Assignments

Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading online course instructional material at 140 words per minute.

0.1

Watching and listening to instructional video

1.3

Taking quizzes

0.3

Taking the exam

1.5

Conducting a directed and independent inspection study performed according to the Standards of Practice, including the development of an inspection report 

4.0

Submitting an inspection and writing assignment

0.5
Submitting a research and writing assignment
0.5

Total

8.2



Preparation

Studying and reviewing instructional material in preparation for taking quizzes and exam

1.0

Reading the downloaded student course book including taking the quizzes with the book
0.1
Reading, research, and studying related to completing the research and writing assignment
4.0
Studying and preparing for inspection processes according to a Standards of Practice, including capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations, evaluating conditions, deducing, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in performing inspections and using an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools in producing a report.
10.0

Total

15.1




Sub Total

23.3

Overall Total


23.0 hours / 0.5 SCH

 
Join CleanEdison training experts Cliff Babson and Scott Harris as they demonstrate how to perform a whole house energy audit assessment.  Whether you are preparing for a building analyst exam or looking to learn the basics of the growing residential energy efficiency sector this video will show you the fundamentals:
  • Exterior walk through
  • Blower Door setup and diagnostics
  • Intro to infrared imaging
  • Air leakage in the building envelope
  • Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) testing and worst case depressurization
  • Developing a work scope
 
Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally. 
 
This course has been approved by:

This training is based upon the Building Performance Institute® technical standards for a Certified Building Analyst Professional. This training will NOT certify you as a BPI® Building Analyst. There is considerable building science and procedural training to become BPI® certified that is not covered in this course.  

Guest Instructor Cliff Babson:

Cliff Babson, Executive Director at Building Performance Contractors Association of New York and the head of the board of technical standards for CleanEdison, is a nationally recognized training affiliate of the Building Performance Institiute® (BPI®). Cliff has over 25 years of experience in construction and building energy management. Before joining CleanEdison, Cliff managed the residential contracting department at a premier home performance contractor in the northeast. He oversaw efficiency retrofits including HVAC upgrades, building envelope improvements, and Solar installations and became an expert on TREAT modeling software. He has overseen more than 1,000 home audits and also specializes in commercial building energy systems.

Guest Instructor Scott Harris:

Scott has over 25 years of experience in building engineering, construction and safety assessments. He is a board Certified Master Inspector (CMI®), having completed over 1,000 home inspections to earn the inspection industry’s most prestigious designation. Scott has extensive training experience and has performed over 400 energy audits.
 
 

Upon completion of this course and passing of the 50-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print their own Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name. 

The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log. 
 
Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email fastreply@internachi.org and request it (don't forget your name). 
 
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Some features which make InterNACHI's courses superior to existing continuing education options:
  • The course is free for all InterNACHI members.
  • The course is written in pure XHTML code for quick loading.  The course loads fine on old computers and loads fast, even with dial-up.
  • The course is designed using a hierarchal menu coupled with a sequential page navigation.  This provides the student with the option to easily repeat areas of weakness.
  • The course permits the student to start, stop and restart any part of the course as often as desired.
  • There are a variety of images within the course, including diagrams, illustrations and photos. 
  • The illustrations can be enlarged for clearer viewing by clicking on them.
  • The text is integrated into InterNACHI's Inspector Glossary.  Rolling over blue-colored terms provides their definition.
  • The final exam uses multiple-choice questions that reference the images. 
  • The course's quizzes and final exam have numerous advantages over traditional exam systems:
    1. The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
    2. Not only is each question weighted with regard to score, but each answer is weighted, as well as the correctness of each answer being weighted.
      1. Answers to easy questions are weighted such that the student is penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly, but rewarded modestly for answering correctly.
      2. Answers to difficult questions are weighted such that the student is rewarded, in terms of score, for answering correctly, but not penalized for answering incorrectly.
      3. Answers to questions regarding basic safety, or questions every inspector should know the answer to, are weighted such that the student is severely penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly.
  • Upon passing the final exam, the student can print out a Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name.
The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log.