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Residential Building Air Leakage [Blower Door] Testing

Code: ResLeakTest
Price: $299.00
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CILB CEUs: 8 General credits; CILB# 0613677; Provider# 0000859

This full-day instructor-led course uses lecture, demonstration and hands-on student participation to train Florida building contractors, code inspectors, and other building professionals how to perform residential building air leakage tests using a blower door in compliance with the Florida Residential Energy Conservation Code. Course topics include an overview of building airtightness principles, building preparation, airtightness equipment operation, test data assessment and reporting.

Note: A certificate of completion will be awarded to each student who successfully completes this course. This certificate is not an Energy Rater certification and does not qualify a student to provide blower door testing for Energy Ratings. Tester qualifications for Florida Code blower door testing are provided in Florida Energy Code Section R402.4.1.2; if you are not explicitly qualified to provide testing per this Code section, check with your jurisdiction(s) whether a certificate of completion from this course will be accepted to meet their qualification requirements.

Course Outline

8:30 a.m.   Introduction
8:40 a.m.   Florida Residential Energy Code Requirements

       – Code language and definitions
       – Common building envelope air leakage sites
       – Code compliance parameters

9:30 a.m.   Envelope Leakage Concepts, Equipment Intro
       – Physics of airflow, drivers and mechanisms
       – Overview of envelope leakage equipment (Blower Door)
       – Practical use of the meter – Hands On


10:40 a.m.   Set-Up and Calculations
       – Proper Blower Door setup
       – Blower Door Calculations – Part 1
       – Blower Door Calculations – Part 2
       – Calculation Exercises
       – Blower Door Simulation Exercise
       – Reports


1:00 p.m.   Blower Door Lab - Hands On
       – Blower Door Assembly - Demo
       – Measure test unit leakage, Lab #1
       – Measure test unit leakage, Lab #2
       – Interpret and report results

2:00 p.m.   Whole-House Mechanical Ventilation Requirements
       – Ventilation definitions and purpose
       – Code language and flow rate calculations
       – Types of ventilation and relative impacts


3:10 p.m.   Wrap up, Review and Closing Discussion
3:40 p.m.   Testing (Written and Practical)
5:40 p.m.   Complete Course Evaluations

Instructor Information
Primary instructor Dave Chasar; alternate instructors Tei Kucharski, Chuck Withers and Jeff Sonne

Event Location

Cocoa location:
Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa FL 32922

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All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is received at least 7 business days before the class begins. FSEC reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient pre-registration or major weather event. In that event, all payments are fully refundable. Please confirm class will be held before making final travel plans with cancellation penalties.

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