Building Analyst Workshop at JCC—Registration Due Jan. 5

The Continuing Education Division at Jefferson Community College (JCC), in collaboration with the Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Sciences (CEEBS) at Hudson Valley Community College and the CEEBS Learning Center at SUNY Canton, will offer a Building Analyst workshop beginning January 2011 on JCC’s campus in Watertown.

The Building Analyst workshop is open to anyone and is of particular interest to home performance contractors, remodelers, and homeowners. The workshop uses a “whole house” performance-based approach whereby students address a comprehensive range of interrelated building issues and learn how the house works as a system, why some homes fail, and how to use the latest building science technology to help resolve residential heating, cooling, and base load air leakage problems. Topics include health and safety; fundamentals of building science; identifying building performance problems; energy consumption analysis; blower door technology and other diagnostic equipment; building air flow standard; combustion safety; mechanical and distribution systems assessment; and heat loss calculations and air leakage assessment. Ultimately, participants will be able to provide clients with a more comfortable, safe, durable, and energy efficient home.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants are eligible to sit for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) written/online exam. Successful completion of the exam satisfies the first component of BPI certification requirements. Home performance contractors with BPI certified staff can become accredited for participation in the Home Performance Energy STAR program. Visit www.bpi.org for more information about certification.

The Building Analyst workshop begins on January 7, 2011 and consists of 24 classroom hours and 12 field practicum hours. The cost of the workshop is $1,045 and the cost for the BPI exam is $200. Tuition assistance is available from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for qualified candidates who pay into the Systems Benefits Charge (SBC). Visit www.getenergysmart.org for more information. An additional 25% tuition reimbursement is available for candidates employed by a participating Home Performance contractor.

Registration is due by Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Registration forms (PDF) must be faxed or mailed with payment to SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617. For more information, contact Arthur Garno, BPI Site Coordinator at 315-386-7197.

Building Analyst training is partially funded with a Community-Based Job Training Grant from the United State Department of Labor. Major funding is provided by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Building Analyst classroom dates

  • January 7 & 21 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • January 8 & 22 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Building Analyst field dates

  • February 4 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • February 5 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

BPI test date: TBD