In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Southface is suspending all in-person trainings until further notice.

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 Performance

Responding to the market needs for virtual education, Southface brings this long-time 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).

Southface will present 10 live, instructor led half-day online sessions with experienced HERS trainer Mike Barcik, who has taught this course over 100 times since 1999. The training will conclude with all required RESNET evaluations, and the price includes proctoring costs for each RESNET exam.

The course requires completion of prerequisite online training modules, which must be completed prior to online instructor-led sessions. Content includes homework problems and practice test questions, as well as practice using rating software and combustion safety and rating simulator tools.

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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 lunch and learn session provides in-depth instruction for marketing yourself as an EarthCraft Realtor, and covers the basics of building science, the benefits of green building, and techniques and strategies for identifying demographics of green home buyers. Please join us to discover this and more, including information on policy and mortgage incentives that you can provide to your clients.

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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 two-day 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.

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

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Carbon Reduction

Greenhouse Gas Accounting | ONLINE TRAINING

A growing trend towards greenhouse gas reporting and regulation has prompted the need for a new skill set for corporations, consultants, engineering firms and auditors. In the context of national and international greenhouse gas regulations and trends, this course focuses on how to measure, manage and report GHG emissions in conformance with widely accepted international standards.

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