Energy Lab

Energy Auditor and Weatherization Training Laboratory

In May of 2010 Eastern Maine Community College received a $350,000 grant from the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Efficiency Maine to build an energy training laboratory.

The EMCC Energy Auditor and Weatherization Training Laboratory as it will be known will allow us to educate students in the science of evaluating, diagnosing and installing residential building systems. Certified students will provide information, create reports and documentation of findings, and make appropriate recommendations for weatherization and energy improvements, including financial benefits and payback on energy investments. They will utilize specialized diagnostic equipment including an infrared camera and a blower door to aid them in conducting residential structure assessments. Students will also be knowledgeable with respect to carbon monoxide and other hazards associated with building sciences.

EMCC will be adding BPI training to our Building Construction Program in the spring of 2011. After successful completion of the BC program, students will be qualified to sit for the BPI, Building Analyst Certification examinations. The BPI certification will make our graduates more competitive and desirable as employees and contractors.

The certification will also be offered as a non-credit, program open to the general public. The non-credit program is a full two week program (80 hours) that is a combination of classroom lecture and field audits. Upon successful completion of the 80 hour program, participants are qualified to sit for the BPI, Building Analyst Certification examinations.

Course Subject Matter

  • Building History
  • Building Science Fundamentals
  • Energy Movement
  • Building Systems
  • Measurement and Verification of Building Performance/Efficiency
  • Projecting Building Performance/Efficiency Based on Proposed Improvements
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Standards and Project Specifications
  • Analyzing Building Systems, Combustion Appliances and Hazards
  • Use of infrared camera and blower door as energy assessment tools
  • Professional Ethics, Conduct and Communication