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Indoor Air Quality and Mechanical Ventilation

by The Accurate Rater Network | Qualifies for 5 RESNET CEUs and 0.5 ICC CEUs

This training course is targeted toward HERS Raters, RFIs and Code Officials; but will be interesting to anyone who breathes while inside their residence. You will learn all about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), carbon monoxide production, and mechanical ventilation systems. It also explains code calculations for required ventilation air and changes to those codes over the years, including how to take measured air infiltration into account and what you need to know to test and verify the air flow of mechanical ventilation systems according to the latest residential codes.

Cost: $100.00

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Verifying Air Distribution and Air Barrier Systems in Residential Construction

by The Accurate Rater Network | 0.9 ICC CEUs

Understanding, measuring and diagnosing air leakage of the duct systems and the building shell is the focus of this training course. The air distribution system and the home envelope are described and investigated along with their impacts on efficiency, safety and building durability.  Tools and methods for measuring duct and air leakage and duct and air leakage calculations are explained. Discussions and examples include pressure influences and pressure diagnostics.  This course is an excellent introduction to residential duct and air leakage for anyone considering performing this type of testing and diagnostics; or anyone who will be approving and overseeing others to perform this type of work.

Cost: $180.00

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Combustion Safety & Combustion Safety Testing

by The Accurate Rater Network |Qualifies for 0.7 ICC CEUs

This course is about combustion safety in our homes and residences. We will define the Combustion Appliance Zone(s) (CAZ), discuss the combustion process and elements of combustion safety, understand the multiple combustion appliances we may have to evaluate as well as testing protocols and visual examination. This course covers all combustion appliances, whether they are located in a dedicated CAZ or not. Testing tools, calculations, interpretation of results, and incorporating safety into the scope of work are covered. ACCA Standards and RESNET Standards are included as a focus of this training.

Cost: $140.00

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Construction Math

by The Accurate Rater Network | Qualifies for 0.8 ICC CEUs

There are many uses for Construction Math, from Building Science to Real Estate to Construction. This course will help you dust off and expand your math skills with a focus on residential construction. You will learn how to take accurate measurements in the field and how to determine accurate measurements on plans as well as how to calculate area and volume for basic and more advanced shapes and construction features such as hip roofs and spiral staircase or turret walls. Top it all off with a primer on generating scale drawings and what should be included in those drawings. If you work with any type of construction, this course will help you ensure your calculations are accurate.

Cost: $160.00

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Optimized ENERGY STAR v3/v3.1 On-Demand Certification Course for HERS Raters

Qualifies for 18 RESNET CEUs

This course provides the training required for a Certified HERS Rater to verify homes under the ENERGY STAR program. The course includes the exam which must be passed to achieve this certification. Successful completion of this course earns  18 RESNET CEU's. 

Most ENERGY STAR training programs use a checklist by checklist, item by item approach. We have found that method leaves a lot to be desired when you try to apply it in the real world. The “Rater Field Checklist” if completed from top to bottom requires you to traverse the same path up to six (6) times - we counted 538 total steps! The ARN optimized training method instead teaches you what to verify inspection by inspection rather than checklist by checklist. When you look at a window, you are prepared to verify everything needed for that window at one time. This reduces the number of steps to 138 and this is just for one of four (4) checklists which must be completed for ENERGY STAR. Save the steps for the gym. When you are working, every step impacts your profits. Where you choose to get your training can make a significant difference in the amount of time spent on-site and at your computer.

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ENERGY STAR v3/v3.1 On-Demand Refresher Course for HERS Raters

by The Accurate Rater Network

This is a course meant to be used by ENERGY STAR Certified HERS Raters who wish to update their knowledge of the ENERGY STAR program to the v3/v3.1 level with the Revision 8 checklists. The class has an in-depth focus on in-field verification and includes many examples of correct installations as well as incorrect installations and their corrections. In-depth information is provided about static pressure testing as well as water management and water-managed building assemblies.

This course does not provide any CEU's or reporting to the EPA.

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Building Science for EnergySmart Contractors

by The Accurate Rater Network

This online, on-demand course provides a high level overview of Building Science and is required for Contractors wishing to be certified as an EnergySmart Contractor. It is intended for the General Contractor, Crew Manager, Crew Leader, and Crew Member to provide an understanding of heat flow, air flow and moisture flow through a residential structure. Changes made to a structure intended to improve comfort and energy efficiency are discussed in terms of their potential impact on health, safety, and building durability. Roles in the energy retrofit industry and terminology used in building science, diagnostics and building performance are covered. Anyone involved in or interested in the weatherization of existing home stock will benefit from taking this course.

Cost: $175.00

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