Category Archives: Energy Audit

2 Day Thermography course in the Pittsburgh Area

INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY TRAINING with Monroe Infrared Technology 

2 DAY BASICS WORKSHOP
Earn 7.5 BPI Continuing Education Units (CEU) in this 2 day hands-on course, which emphasizes practical knowledge learning, field training and includes a course  exam.

Infrared Thermography <–Flier

Learn how to successfully operate the handheld infrared camera and efficiently incorporate it in businesses. The course gives new and experienced thermographers a solid understanding of infrared energy audit practices. Because the course is occurring at the Pittsburgh Green House, a typical 110-year old home and weatherization training center, the training will be mostly hands-on in real  scenarios.

NOTE: This workshop is limited to 16 participants. Please register to reserve your spot.
COST: $550/person, $1000/group of 2
May 14 + 15, 2013 — 8:30AM to 4:00PM

LOCATED AT:
Pittsburgh Green House — 308 North Sheridan Avenue — Pittsburgh, PA 15206
REGISTER ONLINE AT http://www.PITTSBURGHGREENHOUSE.ORG
OR CALL (412) 362-4744

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Introducing SnuggPro: A new sales tool for contractors and Energy Auditors

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SnuggPro is a cloud-based laptop and iPad sales tool for residential contractors and energy auditors.

Save time & create compelling homeowner reports to engage with your customers like never before.  

Here are 10 reasons you’ll love SnuggPro
1. It’s Windows, Mac & iPad ready so you can use SnuggPro on your preferred device.
2. Simple data entry helps you learn SnuggPro ridiculously fast.
3. An intuitive interface will save time on every audit.
4. Highly accurate results will boost your credibility with homeowners.
5. 17 types of energy-saving calculations let you suggest the optimal upgrade package.
6. Templates for boilerplate text means you don’t have to re-invent the wheel with every report.
7. Photo manager lets you easily edit and upload images on the fly.
8. Beautiful customized reports help homeowners understand your findings and solutions.
9. Effective sales & proposal tool means you can convert more audits into ugpgrades.
10. Energy Analysis Engine from OptiMiser provides a robust foundation for all your energy modeling needs.

Discover more reasons to love SnuggPro
Visit the SnuggPro website to learn more


Test-drive SnuggPro for free:

Sign up for a 14-day trial.

There are no upfront costs. To cancel the free trial, simply stop using SnuggPro within 14 days and you won’t be charged a dime.
Visit SnuggPro for more details

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16+16 Level I Infrared Thermographer Course

Themography Certification

Finally, you can earn Level I Thermography Certification without missing an entire week of work!

Our 16+16 course is a two-part, ASNT compliant program which combines 16-hours of classroom and hands-on education with 16-hours of online learning.  This unique approach allows you to complete your Level I training without missing a week of work or incurring added travel costs.

 16-hour Classroom & Hands-on Training

Our classroom segments combine theory and application discussions with hands-on camera experiments. From thermodynamics to proper level and span settings, we take a step-by-step approach to teaching the “how and why” behind each action. Through hands-on exercises you’ll learn the importance of proper camera settings and how to collect, capture, and diagnose thermal findings.

16-hour Online Learning Program

Using an ASNT compliant program which has successfully trained thousands of thermographers worldwide, our online segment features narrated presentations, self-directed activities, and practice quizzes designed to supplement our classroom training. The online program and accompanying printed book include the learning materials required for you to remotely complete the theory portion of Level I training.

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The online segment can be completed before, during, or after your classroom training.

Hands-on Training

This component is key to our program, as it provides an opportunity for you to experiment with different infrared cameras through instructor lead, hands-on exercises. You’ll learn about the power of heat transfer, reflectance, and emissivity as you discover what it takes to capture a quality thermal image. By the end of the two days you will be able to properly setup, focus, and capture infrared images using a thermal imager.

Demo Cameras Provided by FLIR®, FLUKE® and TESTO®

During training you have the opportunity to demo infrared cameras from today’s leading manufacturers. Discover the benefits of features such as high resolution detectors, digital camera integration, and Wi-fi capability. This is a great opportunity to try different thermal imagers before deciding which to buy.

Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer Exam Included

Students who successfully complete the online and hands-on training components are eligible to take a final written exam to earn Level I Certification through Infraspection Institute®. Exam may be completed in-class or online (PC with web camera required).

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HVAC To Home Performance Heating Contractors: the Business Case

SLIDES HERE: Mike Rogers HVAC to HomePerformance

RECORDED VERSION HERE

60+ minutes Instructor: Mike Rogers

HVAC To Home Performance

Are you running a residential HVAC business and looking for new ways to expand your business and increase revenue?

Are you interested in learning more about “Home Performance” to understand how your HVAC customers—and your business—would benefit from a more comprehensive approach to heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning?

This session will provide HVAC contractors an overview of the enormous opportunity the exists in incorporating home performance into an HVAC company, and share key concepts to help you evaluate if home performance is the right next step to grow your business.

Intended Participants: HVAC business owners, managers, and key personnel

Agenda:
Home Performance Overview
The Market Opportunity for Home Performance
Margins, Costs, and Profitability—The Numbers
Is this right for me?

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY

Presenter Mike Rogers is a nationally recognized expert in home performance contracting. Previously, he was Senior Vice President at GreenHomes America. a leading home performance contractor and franchisor, and led development of the GreenHomes business. He has extensive experience in home performance contracting, from individual homes to the state and federal level. For 15 years he has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and meetings in the energy-efficiency, green building, and indoor air quality industries.  Mike had an 11-year affiliation with the U.S. EPA as an employee and consultant, where he was a lead developer and primary supporter of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program.

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Thermal Imaging applications notes from Fluke

Fluke has put together a couple of good applications notes for current and prospective thermal imaging practitioners.

(click on the images to get the downloads)

Fluke Thermal Imaging Testimonial

Read how a seasoned pro answers questions like:

• What is your line of business?
• How did you originally learn about thermal imaging?
• Describe how thermal imaging fits in your business or as part of your services.
• What % of your business uses thermal imaging?
• Why did you choose Fluke and why did you choose that particular model?

Fluke basics for Thermal Inspection of buildings

This 12 page guide covers key topics like:

What is thermal imaging?
The benefits of thermal imaging
Thermal imaging applications
Best practices for performing
a residential infrared inspection
Choosing the right thermal imager
Checklist for choosing a thermal
imager for building inspections

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Introduction to Home Performance for Heating Contractors

UPDATED: 12-14-12

Hap Haven just delivered an OUTSTANDING webinar on the topic of An Introduction to Home Performance for Heating Contractors.

You can watch a recording HERE or download a copy of the slides here-> INTRO TO HP – HVAC.

Fasten your seatbelts and take this fast-paced ride into the newest billion dollar industry. Home Performance is uniquely suited for the heating & AC contractor. That’s because you have already mastered many of the most important components. Come learn how Home Performance and HVAC overlap, how to expand your business in a flat market and how to position yourself for the future.

As part of this webinar you will:
1) See a brief history of Home Performance and whole house thinking
2) Understand how an Energy Audit leads to more sales
3) Get an overview of the cool tools used in the industry
4) Learn how to talk to a heater

FOR more webinars by TruTech Tools, LTD go to http://www.TruTechTools.com/webinars

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BlowerDoor and DuctBlaster(R) FAQs

Ever wonder if it was you, the equipment or just Murphy’s Law getting in the way of getting your work done?

Take a glance at these fast FAQs provided by our friends at The Energy Conservatory on BlowerDoor and DuctBlaster(R) testing.

Blower Door and DuctBlaster FAQs

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Measuring R value (testo 435 U value probe)

A quick overview of how the testo 435 U-Value probe works and what is can do for you.

U-value probe presentation

ORDER a Probe HERE or the full kit HERE.

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What’s HOT in the TOOL world! – Bill Spohn to speak at ACCA Western-PA meeting – Oct. 4

Bill Spohn from TruTech Tools will be demonstrating what’s new in the world of HVACR tools and test instruments.

Also presenting will be representatives from Ritchie/Yellow Jacket, Hilti Tools, and United Rentals.
And meet the “Student of the Month” from Triangle Tech!

Mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

Peter’s Place
1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
(Exit 55 off I79N or I79S)

3:00 pm – Board Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 pm – Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Guest Speakers
7:00 pm – Social Hour restarts (cash bar)
7:00 pm Dinner – $40.00 (cash, check, credit card)

Dinner Selection: Prime Rib or Virginia Spots

RSVP: 724-779-1860 (phone or fax) – NO cancellations after October 2

SEE ACCA W-PA October 2012 meeting notice FOR SIGN UP FORM AND MORE DETAILS.

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The Business of Home Performance Contracting

I just sat thru a webinar sponsored by The ACHR News (magazine) and BPI that gave a pretty good high level overview of why HVAC contractors should consider getting into home performance contracting.

The slides from it are here: The Business of HPC.

The actual broadcast will be available in a few days at this LINK look under the 9-19-12 webinar listing:
Crushing Your Competition As A Whole House Home Performance Contractor

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