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Introduction to Weatherization TG module

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  • By NCCER
  • Pub. Date: Aug 10, 2010 by Pearson.
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-216699-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-216699-7

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1.         Explain the purpose, benefits, and origin of the weatherization program.

2.         Explain how weatherization goals are achieved by reducing thermal losses and air infiltration in residences.

3.         Describe the methods used to locate sources of thermal loss and air infiltration.

4.         Describe the methods and materials used to reduce thermal losses and air infiltration.

5.         Describe the energy impacts of various components of the building shell.

This module introduces the reader to the weatherization initiative and its underlying motivation by examining the economic and environmental effects of the inefficient use of energy in heating and cooling buildings. It describes the common ways in which heat is lost and how cold air infiltrates a house.  It also introduces remediation methods such as air sealing and insulation as a lead-in to subsequent modules. The module also explores career opportunities in the weatherization industry.

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Table of Contents

(Total Hours: 17)



1.0.0 Introduction

Includes benefits to clients; benefits to workers. History, DOE support, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).


2.0.0 Weatherization Concepts

2.1.0 Building Shell Factors

            2.1.1 Sealing the building envelope

            Sealing doors, windows, ceiling, roof, walls, basement, air conditioner covers, closing fireplace damper), windows, weatherstripping.

            2.1.2 Exchange from different levels

            Air drawn in through lower level, out through vents and gaps, Stack effect

            Heat rising takes energy out through upper part of building.           

2.2.0 Base Load Factors

2.3.1 Lighting

2.3.2 Domestic Hot water Measures Thermal efficiency, preventing loss of heat from water heater

2.3.3 Refrigerator replacement

2.4.0 Windows and Doors

2.5.1  Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

Describes types and benefits of rated windows and doors.

2.6.0 Saving fuel and reducing Green House Gases (GHGs)

2.7.0 Cooling Loads


3.0.0 Careers in Weatherization

Career map; description of installer, crew chief, auditor and of stimulus funding from governments.

3.1.0 Roles of technician, crew chief and auditor.

Specific tasks, skills and knowledge required for each role.


4.0.0 The Training Path in Weatherization Technology

NCCER process; NCCER weatherization program.  

  • Examples of skills that will be learned, including installing insulation, applying air sealing measures and installing weather stripping.
  • Includes soft skills, dealing with people as well as technical skills. Some is boilerplate on showing up, staying with the job, honesty, etc.  

5.0.0 Advance Career Opportunities

Job futures, taking advantage of financing from state, local, federal financing, continuing openings as auditor, inspector, supervisor, contractor.



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