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Applied Building Science

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Delve deep into best practices and strategies for application of scientific principles that maximize efficiency and performance of a home’s systems and components.

Basic Building Science

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Build your understanding of how the flow of heat, moisture and air impact performance of the systems and components in a home.

Home Energy Assessment

Earn RESNET and BPI CEUs while you learn about energy-rating, residential inspection, retrofit techniques, diagnostic equipment operation and more.

Green Building Certification Programs

Available On Demand!
Break into the competitive green buildings sector by becoming certified in EarthCraft or strengthening your LEED skills.

Health and Safety

Identify and evaluate health-related hazards for your client’s home, using guidelines developed by BPI and EPA.

Green Infrastructure

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Learn how to improve communities and protect waterways while expanding your landscaping business’s competitiveness with implementation of green infrastructure practices.

Energy Code

Available Online!
Learn about the latest revisions and updates to building energy codes in Georgia and other states around the Southeast.

To better expand our on-campus educational capacity and consolidate our trainings under one roof, Southface is excited to announce that all hands-on trainings will now be held at our main campus at 241 Pine St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, including those formerly held at our offsite SWEET Center (Southeastern Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training). Please stay tuned as we add in-person trainings when COVID-19 protocols allow.

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Courses

Applied Building Science

Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr present key concepts and strategies around ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ), including an overview of the science behind the strategies and emphasis on pollutant control.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET.

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This course focuses on application of concepts covered in the prior course, as well as differences in strategies and needs within various climate zones.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET.

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In this training, Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr present best practices for applying building science concept to crawlspace design. Topics include proper techniques and materials for vapor retarders, air barriers, and insulation, as well as compliance with building and energy codes.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET.

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Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr present best practices for duct design, including recommended materials and methods for installing, sealing, and insulating ductwork, as well as diagnosing duct problems and applying code requirements and ACCA standards to sizing, design, and selection of HVAC equipment.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET.

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In this course, Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr discuss the advantage of proper HVAC equipment sizing, best practices for ensuring proper sizing, and procedures for proper application of the Manual J protocol and related software.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET.

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Basic Building Science

Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr present basic principles of building science, with emphasis on heat transfer (the conversion and exchange of thermal energy between objects, materials, or systems).

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs from ICC, AIA, BPI, and RESNET.

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This course consists of a video training, supplemental resources, and an exam.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate for 1 RESNET CEU.

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Southface experts Mike Barcik and Joey Starr present fundamentals of moisture flow within a house. Topics include an overview of the science behind moisture flow, best practices for managing bulk moisture, and proper sheathing installation.

CEUs: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate for 1 RESNET CEU.

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This course is designed to provide participants with a practical knowledge of basic building science principles. Students are introduced to the “house as a system” model for assessing and improving building performance, as well as the fundamentals of heat, air and moisture flow as it relates to buildings.

If you’re new to the industry or a homeowner that wants to understand how to optimize your energy savings, this training will teach you what to look for. Learn about the science behind high-performance buildings and how it applies to your home.

CEUs: 8 AIA LU, 3.5 BPI CEUs, 0.8 ICC CEUs

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Home Energy Assessment

Responding to the market needs for virtual education, Southface brings this longtime training offering to a new, live online format!

Completion of this training is the necessary step for becoming a Certified Home Energy Rater authorized to administer the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), as developed and maintained by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).

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The BPI Building Analyst Professional course is a comprehensive 4-day training which covers many topics including: fundamentals of building science; home assessment; energy modeling and work scope development; and the use of diagnostic equipment including Blower Door, Duct Leakage Tester, Pressure Pan, Exhaust Fan Flow Meter and Combustion Safety Testing equipment.

CEUs: This training has been approved by BPI for 8 BPI Continuing Education Units.

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This course introduces participants to the components of safe combustion and combustion safety testing and inspection techniques for residential combustion appliances. The course utilizes nationally recognized procedures developed by the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Participants will learn how to evaluate and perform diagnostic testing on common combustion appliances found in homes.

CEUs: 3.5 BPI CEUs, 0.7 ICC CEUs

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The Home Energy Professional – Energy Auditor is a comprehensive 5-day training which covers many topics including fundamentals of building science, home assessment, energy modeling and work scope development, and the use of diagnostic equipment including Blower Door, Duct Leakage Tester, Pressure Pan, Exhaust Fan Flow Meter and Combustion Safety Testing equipment.

CEUs: This training has been approved by BPI for 8 BPI Continuing Education Units.

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The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Quality Control Inspector (QCI) course is a comprehensive, 5-day training designed to prepare students to challenge the Written and Field Exams for the HEP QCI Certification. This Certification is based on the QCI Job Task Analysis, an industry-led collaboration directed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which defines the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job of a Quality Control Inspector working in the Weatherization or Home Performance industries.

CEUs: This training has been approved by BPI for 8 BPI Continuing Education Units.

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The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Retrofit Installer Technician (RIT) course is a comprehensive, 5-day training designed to prepare students to challenge the Written and Practical Exams for the HEP RIT Certification. This Certification is based on the RIT Job Task Analysis, an industry-led collaboration directed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which defines the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job of a Retrofit Installer Technician working in the Weatherization or Home Performance industries.

CEUs: This training has been approved by BPI for 8 BPI Continuing Education Units.

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The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Crew Leader course is a comprehensive, five-day training designed to prepare students to take the written and practical exams for the HEP Crew Leader Certification.  This certification is based on the Crew Leader Job Task Analysis, an industry-led collaboration directed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which defines the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job of a crew leader working in the weatherization or home performance industries.

CEUs: This training has been approved by BPI for 8 BPI Continuing Education Units.

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Green Building Certification Programs

 EarthCraft Builder | ON-DEMAND TRAINING

ON-DEMAND TRAINING

The EarthCraft Builder training provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design and explores the ways the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green building sector. Learn cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency, indoor air quality, comfort and durability of homes, enhancing overall client appeal.

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LIVE TRAINING

EarthCraft Builder trainings provide a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design and explore the ways the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green-building sector. Learn cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency, indoor air quality, comfort and durability of homes, enhancing overall client appeal.

CEUs: 6 CPHB CEUs, 7 AIA LU|HSW, 3.5 BPI CEUs, 6 Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors CEUs, 0.7 ICC CEUs

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This course is perfect for any residential real estate professionals who may be looking to better understand how to market and sell an EarthCraft-certified home as well as other high-performance properties.
CEUS: The course will offer 3 CEUs through the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC).

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This 4-hour online training will cover the EarthCraft design review process, pre-drywall inspections and final inspections to prepare you to become an EarthCraft Technical Advisor.  Upon completion of the training, you will be eligible to work on active EarthCraft projects as a certified EarthCraft Technical Advisor.

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This one-day workshop introduces students to the LEED rating systems and core concepts of green building while preparing students for success on the LEED Green Associate Exam. Throughout the workshop students will gain an understanding of the core concepts and principles of green building and sustainable design. Student learning will be reinforced through group exercises, sample exam questions and strategies for passing the exam. The LEED Green Associate is a stand-alone credential; it can also serve as the entry point to becoming a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

CEUs: This course is approved by AIA for 8 LU/HSW.

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Health and Safety

The BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Study Course prepares students to identify and evaluate health-related hazards in a client’s home. This course provides opportunities for students to practice skills in interviewing residents, identifying hazards, conducting quantitative assessment, prioritizing hazards and selecting appropriate solutions to communicate to residents. Students will also learn how to protect themselves as they do home visits.

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This one-day class on lead paint safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) is the Initial Renovator Course. The class is taught by Southface Institute, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- and State of Georgia EPD-accredited RRP training provider.

This refresher training course was developed by the EPA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to train renovation, repair and painting contractors how to work safely in housing with lead-based paint, and comply with the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule and HUD’s Lead-Safe Housing Rule. Below is a link where you can register for the refresher renovator model training course.

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Green Infrastructure

Southface is offering this training in the new GI Stormwater protocols to help you avoid any installation missteps as you expand your business offerings. Our training is a one-day event for builders, contractors and developers who are seeking to comply with the recent updates to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual which many cities throughout the state have adopted.

CEUs:

  • 6 CEU’s will be provided by Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah for our Savannah training
  • 6 CEU’s will be provided by Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

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This course provides an introduction to green infrastructure (GI) and teaches best practices for identifying and solving issues related to poor maintenance of GI practices. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help ensure that GI practices will continue to function effectively for years to come.

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Atlanta CREW (Culture-Resilience-Environment-Workforce) is a free green infrastructure (GI) and stormwater management workforce development program that trains participants how to install and maintain GI that has been designed with a cultural and artistic vision.

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Energy Code

The one-day ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Ventilation for Existing Homes Training introduces participants to the concepts behind the development of the ASHRAE 62.2-2013 standard. Instruction will include classroom and hands-on demonstration. Students will learn the ventilation measures required by ASHRAE 62.2 when working with existing homes, the testing and verification requirements of the standard, ventilation strategies and installation techniques. In addition to classroom training, a hands-on module is included which allows students to take measurements on a training house and determine the ventilation requirements for that home. Students also receive instruction and practice using a fan flow meter to verify spot and whole-house ventilation airflows on various ventilation strategies, including exhaust, supply, and balanced systems.

CEUs:  This training has been approved by BPI for 3.25 BPI Continuing Education Units.

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Southface, in partnership with ADECA, is offering a series of in-depth technical energy code workshops around the state of Alabama.

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As of January 1, 2020, Georgia has new residential and commercial building energy codes. Southface Institute, in partnership with Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has developed comprehensive trainings and resources to help building professionals comply with the new codes.

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This three-day online course is designed to introduce the skills necessary to become a Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier, certified to perform the diagnostic testing required for new homes by the 2009 and 2012 IECC amendments. (content updated for new Georgia 2020 energy code).

CEUs:  AIA 16 LU, BPI 8 units, ICC 1.4 CEUs

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