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Energy Code Compliance Training

This course focuses on changes to the residential energy code that went into effect with the adoption of the 2012 IECC with Washington state amendments on July 1, 2013. Discussion will include additions, changes, and deletions to the 2012 IECC that will be enforced in Washington. Excellent course for building department employees, builders, sub-contractors or designers.

Fee: Classes are free and class size varies by location.

Instructors: Gary Nordeen and Luke Howard, 360-956-2042

Scheduled classes: None

Duct Testing Training

This training on duct testing protocols is due to a code change in the Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) that requires mandatory duct testing if HVAC ducts are located outside of the conditioned space.

Attendees receive a certificate documenting completion of the minimum requirement to test ducts for 2009 WSEC compliance. The training does not certify individuals to test ducts for the Northwest ENERGY STAR Program or Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS). Technicians who can verify that they have successfully completed duct testing training provided by the Northwest ENERGY STAR Program or from PTCS are not required to take this course.

Industry professionals involved in duct installation and code officials directly affected by this new code amendment are encouraged to attend. Training will be held throughout the state over the next year.

In a two- to three-hour classroom session, attendees learn the new testing standard and how to operate the testing equipment. The second half of the day is in the field, where participants have the opportunity to operate the equipment and demonstrate their ability to run the test in a new construction scenario.

Fee: Classes are free and class size varies by location.

Instructors: Gary Nordeen, 360-956-2042

Scheduled classes: None

Air Sealing Training

Best Practices and Code Compliance

This course provides the fundamentals of building science and the impact of air leakage on energy loss, building pressure and the importance of mechanical ventilation. This course will help designers and builders understand methods to air seal homes in order to pass the mandatory air leakage testing requirements of the WSEC. Participants gain an understanding of prescriptive air sealing requirements, air barrier and leakage testing protocols and requirements, and best practices for selecting and installing mechanical ventilation systems. Measures to improve indoor air quality are also covered.

Fee: Classes are free and class size varies by location.

Instructors: Gary Nordeen and Luke Howard, 360-956-2042

Scheduled classes: None

Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) Training

VIAQ Training - The Washington VIAQ Code was previously a stand-alone code in Washington. As of July 2010, the VIAQ Code is gone; however, the requirements are still in place. These requirements can be found throughout the state amendments to the IRC, IBC and IMC. In this three-hour course, participants will gain an understanding of state VIAQ requirements in new and existing construction, and building science and healthy indoor air quality fundamentals.

Fee: Classes are free and class size varies by location.

Instructors: Luke Howard, 360-956-2042

Scheduled classes: None


We offer training to become certified professionals such as ENERGY STAR, Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) and Home Energy Rater (HERS).

Instructor: David Hales and Andrew Gordon

Scheduled classes:
Home Energy Rating Training - Olympia 5/18/2015 - 5/22/2015

Industrial Trainings

We offer various industrial equipment training and coordinate with regional training providers. Contact the industrial team for more information or to be added to the industrial training mailing list.

Plant Operator Training: One-day, end-user efficiency trainings are offered in collaboration with other regional service providers. Topics include improving the energy efficiency of industrial systems such as motors, pumps, process heating, compressed air, steam and refrigeration.

Custom Industrial Training: We coordinate on-site and specialized training services.

DOE Qualified Specialist Training: We coordinate training of specialists who wish to be certified by the U.S. DOE to help industrial facilities identify ways to improve system efficiency. Trainings focus on Best Practices software tools for systems such as compressed air, fans, process heating, pumping, and steam. The DOE Training Calendar includes training in all states.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Training: See the NEEA Event Calendar.

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