PG&E Building Science Training

Starting October 30th, 2017, PG&E is hosting a five-day series of training classes covering the basics of building science at the CalCerts Training Center in Folsom. All classes are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for energy raters and auditors to learn new, or brush up, on vital skills.

PG&E has designed the classes to be engaging and hands-on, using live building props inside the classroom and plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice.


Class Date (click link to register) Description

Building Envelope and Duct Testing

Mon October 30, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 1 will cover basic building science and energy principles, and provide hands-on practice with blower doors and duct testers using the MI-BEST portable training unit.

Air Flow Measures and Static Pressure

Tue October 31, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 2 continues the building energy science theory, focusing on air flow diagnostics and building pressures. This class introduces HVAC static pressure and airflow, air flow measurement techniques, devices currently allowed within Title 24, and room-to-room pressure diagnostics.

Refrigerant Charge Verification

Wed November 1, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 3 focuses on moisture issues, refrigerant charge verification, and equipment calibration.  This class combines the air flow techniques covered in Day 2 with refrigerant charge skills.  Title 24 requirements are included.

Building Pressures and Ventilation Verification

Thu November 2, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 4 covers house ventilation (ASHRAE 62-2 and Title 24) requirements and issues, measuring ventilation flows, and ventilation fan effects on building and room pressures.

Thermal By-Pass, Quality Insulation Installation, Advanced Building Envelope Fri November 3, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 5 covers thermal bypass and quality insulation installation, advanced framing, combustion analysis, and thermal imaging.