Southface experts describe best practices and procedures for assessing and resolving combustion safety issues in various contexts within the residential setting.

This course consists of a video training, a slide deck and an exam.


After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what happens during combustion
  • Identify two rules for safe combustion
  • Explain why certain combustion appliances can be safe or unsafe depending on the context
  • Identify potential problems in common appliances
  • Identify ways in which energy efficiency measures can impact combustion safety
  • Evaluate the relative safety of various scenarios
  • Utilize guides and tools to help assess combustion safety issues


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET and will attain the certificate Southface Certificate of Completion A.


Mike Barcik | Technical Principal

Mike Barcik is a Technical Principal at Southface and has been with the organization since 1995. With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and led thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He’s active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,500 individuals in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, and in 2010 he helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 and later energy codes. Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M and Homes, as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs. Mike co-authored Decatur Georgia’s High Performance Building Ordinance which requires third-party certification for new and substantially renovated single-family, multi-family and commercial projects.




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