HVAC SAVE is a utility-sponsored training and contractor certification program that teaches HVAC contractors to easily diagnose the performance of furnaces, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. The training focuses on how to use static pressures, system temperatures, and airflows to identify existing system deficiencies, allowing contractors to make targeted repairs or adjustments.
Since 2010, MEEA has trained over 2,500 contractors in over 125 trainings with support from various utilities throughout the Midwest. The program has resulted in over 150,000 verified quality installations.
For more information, please visit the HVAC SAVE website.
Building Science Training Series
As part of the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program (IHP), MEEA developed continuing education courses in advanced building science topics.
The courses cover a range of topics suitable for individuals in the home performance field. Past classes have covered topics such as Home Performance Sales and Marketing, Air Sealing in Complex Homes, Infrared Camera Technologies and the Building Performance Institute (BPI)’s Building Science Principles course.
Building Science Training Series courses help Illinois Home Performance Participating Contractors hone their skills and brush up on their knowledge while preparing new students to participate in Illinois Home Performance. All classes are taught by local building science experts and provide BPI CEUs.
Interested in the Building Science Training Series? Visit the IHP website.
Real Estate Trainings
It is crucial for real estate professionals to be knowledgeable about energy efficiency and the process of valuing common energy upgrade measures for them to be properly valued when a home is bought or sold. As part of the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program (IHP), MEEA works with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Appraisal Institute to offer existing energy efficiency related courses at a discounted rate to realtor and appraiser associations across northern Illinois. Both NAR’s Green Designation course and the Appraisal Institute’s Green course train real estate professionals on the distinguishing characteristics that make a home energy-efficient, the increasing demand for these homes, and the way energy efficiency can be leveraged to increase a homes value.
MEEA also educates members of the real estate industry through “lunch and learn” presentations as part of an Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) grant. These short presentations focus on smart grid technology and related real-time pricing and peak-time rebate programs. Realtors are encouraged to pass this information on to their clients when they purchase a home with a smart meter.
If you are a real estate association interested in offering the Green Designation or a Smart Grid Lunch-and-Learn to your members, please e-mail us.