2 different instructors and 2 different ways to do CAZ testing? Was that for each of your BPI certs?
I'm curious as to where you received your training. Did you contact BPI regarding the poor qualifications of the trainers? As a super proctor I see many new students as well as BPI certified professionals that that have been trained by so call industry leaders and do not have a clue as to what or why they do certain tests. The industry grew so fast that many there are quite a few groups out there in it for the money and teaching to the test. Many hire anyone that has a certification even if they just received it and their last job was flipping burgers. Its one thing to have a few new people out there not sure of what they are doing but to have instructors teaching large groups wrong is scary. Its up to people like you to keep BPI informed to unqualified instructors passing out inaccurate information. BPI cant be everywhere but I know they are interested in maintaining high caliber professionals in the Home Performance industry.
Michael, that's correct - one for BA & the other for Envelope
The trainers & stuff were blogged about here: http://blog.sls-construction.com/tag/bpi (towards the bottom) which was pretty hard to do as the last thing you want to do is tick off your instructor that is testing you later. Shoot, I missed the missing steps from the first instructor - it wasn't till the second one that I had a "wait a sec, you do what" moment
As for the points you make about the training & issues - no argument and thus my comments on many not being qualified. As for informing BPI - I know they read the articles, but personally they appear to be more concerned about their logo than fixing issues.
One thing to remember, a one week course some times less doesn’t make anyone an expert. Its basic knowledge!
BPI promotes working within your limits of professional competency. If you don’t know what you’re doing – Please, DON'T DO IT!
And just because it’s on YouTube doesn’t mean its right!
Thanks for posting this. Very Interesting, A large number of oil systems have test holes in flues already, 95% otherwise try to get probe down into undiluted gases.
Yes, Theres been ongoing concern re air sealing and combustion safety by HES vendors.
WX audits dont require CAZ or worst case, only combusiton analysis and draft.
The state doesnt allow air sealing when CFM50 is under 2000. (thats debatable b/c of BPI standards)
Last week through DSS, we were very fortuanate to have Pure Energy Coach come up to conduct training on air sealing and combustion safety specifically. One of my comments to an associate was that HES vendors and oil contractors should've been present...the training was extremely valuable. We see and hear first hand what oil guys are do to peoples heating systems and rarley provide actual combusition gas results with a CTT.
I'm gonna give you a call tomorrow. I'd like to attend the hearing.
Don't forget BPI guidelines only appiy to the Comprehensive Home Assesement, or CHA, which is part of the Home Performance with Energy Star program, a performance based program which mandates a full energy model with test in / test out. WAP, HES, Home TuneUp, HERS ratings, etc. aren't HPwES so BPI doesn't apply.