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Whole Building Airtightness Technician Program

Training courses for Air Barrier professionals.

WHOLE BUILDING AIRTIGHTNESS TECHNICIAN PROGRAM

Program Description

The purpose of the ABAA Blower Door Technician Training Program is to educate both entry-level and more experienced blower door technicians on the planning, preparation, and execution of airtightness testing for commercial and large buildings in conformance with industry standard test methods. The training aims to equip blower door technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to appropriately evaluate, prepare, test, analyze, and report on a building’s airtightness performance.

The ABAA Blower Door Technician Training Program is a 40-hour training program delivered over 5 days by subject matter experts retained by ABAA who are guided by detailed lesson plans. In addition to receiving instruction from experienced experts, the trainees will also have the opportunity to plan and carry out simulated building airtightness tests on physical mock-ups during the training program.

The program is intended to help prepare the trainees to become a Certified Blower Door Technician through ABAA’s certification program, but completion of the training program is not required for ABAA certification. The trainees will learn about the certification program and requirements during the training program.

For the purposes of demonstrations, activities, and simulations, this training program uses equipment from two widely used blower door fan manufacturing companies.

Course Length: 5 Days

Training Course Fees:

  • Members – $2,250.00
  • Non-Members – $2,750.00

Additional Fees:

  • Certification Exam – Coming Soon
  • Certification Registration – Coming Soon

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Prerequisites

It is highly recommended that students of the program have some existing knowledge and skills including:

  • Have general knowledge of construction documents and know how to read construction drawings and specifications.
  • Have a basic understanding of airtightness test standards and air flow concepts.
  • Have some experience operating blower door fan equipment and related accessory equipment.

Training Modules

  Module No. of Hours Learning Outcome(s)

The trainees will be able to:

DAY 1
Module 1
Training Program Introduction
1
  • Identify the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as a blower door technician.
Module 2
Building Air Leakage Overview
2
  • Understand the impact of airtightness on building performance.
Module 3
Testing Equipment
5
  • Use airtightness testing equipment safely and appropriately.
DAY 2
Module 4
Testing Approach
4
  • Understand different airtightness testing approaches.
Module 5
Testing Compliance Factors
4
  • Interpret commonly referenced standards and compliance factors relating to whole-building airtightness testing.
DAY 3
Module 6
Planning a Test
4
  • Apply an appropriate airtightness test approach.
Module 7
Preparing a Test
4
  • Prepare for an airtightness test.
DAY 4
Module 8
Performing a Test
8
  • Use airtightness testing equipment safely and appropriately.
  • Perform a whole-building airtightness test correctly.
  • Troubleshoot and correct common airtightness testing issues.
  • Analyze airtightness testing results accurately.
DAY 5
Module 9
Performing a Test Activities
6
  • Prepare for an airtightness test.
  • Use airtightness testing equipment safely and appropriately.
  • Perform a whole-building airtightness test correctly.
  • Troubleshoot and correct common airtightness testing issues.
  • Analyze airtightness testing results accurately.
Module 10
Reporting Test Results
1.5
  • Analyze airtightness testing results accurately
  • Report airtightness testing results accurately
Module 11
Program Summary and Wrap-up
0.5

Physical Mock-Ups

The training program uses mock-up structures for live demonstrations and test simulation purposes. Mock-up structures consist of framing, sheathing and include windows, doors, and other penetrations for operational and enclosure airtightness testing.

Training Manual Content

Each student will be provided a training manual which has been developed for both independent self-study learners and as a companion for students use during the live program delivery.

The manual is organized by training modules and serves as a workbook filled with activities that the students will be completing during the training program.

Training – September 2022

Conceptual Learning

Two days (8 hours each day) of learning taught by industry experts focusing on the knowledge and skills of being a successful blower door technician and the impact of airtightness on building performance.

Mock-Up Training

Two days (8 hours each day) of planning and preparing for an airtightness test. Performing and discussing how to use the testing equipment safely and appropriately. How to analyze the results accurately.

Practical Whole Building Test

One day (8 hours) of performing the test activities including reviewing building plans for proper location and preparation. Analyze the test results and properly report the airtightness testing results accurately.

Training – March 2022