Air Tightness Testing Training Level 1 – (3 days ONLINE, 1 day in-person) – Pro Clima

Description

Overview

The course is designed to take professionals who are new to the practice of airtightness testing and make them competent in basic tests for houses and simple structures. For those with prior experience, it will also provide in-depth discussion on finer techniques of testing.

ATTMA Level 1 Airtightness Testers are qualified to carry out testing on simple structures up to 4000 m3 requiring only one fan. Common examples include houses, apartments, and single-zone commercial buildings. The course covers:
·       Essentials of airtightness testing systems, their software, and calculations
·       Understanding what a testing system is doing and troubleshooting
·       Conducting envelope area calculations off printed and digital plans, as well as off existing buildings without plans
·       Analysing test results for quality and reporting results for different purposes

Course Preparation:

To be confident in preparation for the course, each candidate should possess competence in mathematics and geometry. For those who do not use these skills regularly or recently, these sometimes require in-depth review.

Because operation of blower doors is only reviewed in a general way not specific to manufacturers, candidates should already have familiarity with standard systems by the Energy Conservatory or Retrotec, OR be comfortable learning at a rapid pace.
The entire course will be conducted by GoToMeeting, an interactive and powerful platform for dynamic trainings. There will be real-time questions and exercises and live video feed to keep you engaged and asking questions. The sessions will be recorded for documentation purposes. We expect your full attention for the entire course and at least occasional appearance by webcam on your device is requested.

Learning Outcomes:

  • ASTATT1 Prepare and carry out Airtightness Testing
  • ASTATT2 Prepare a Building for Airtightness Testing
  • ASTATT3 Carry out Airtightness Testing for a single dwelling or other small buildings
  • ASTATT5 Prepare and issue the Airtightness Report
  • ASTATT6 Calculate the area of building envelopes
  • ASTATT7 Manage all Calibrated Equipment
  • ASTATT8 Initiate and progress contracts with clients to carry out Airtightness Testing
  • ASTATT9 Quality Assure the Airtightness Testing Process

Additional information

Course Schedule (Days 1-3)

On Days 1 – 3
You will gain familiarity with common air tightness testing systems and the theory that guides their operation. You will gain an understanding of how ATTMA standards, regulatory standards and project specifications for airtightness are applied in New Zealand and Australia. You will also better understand how test results should be represented and compared, and how they relate to physical processes in real buildings., Day 4 – Exam Day
The course will culminate on the last day in an open-book knowledge and theory exam conducted online and a test of envelope area calculations. If desired, a live in-person assessment of competency in using a common blower door system such as from The Energy Conservatory or Retrotec may be performed at the training venue, though this can be separately arranged for another day.

Course Schedule (Day 4 - Exam Day)

The course will culminate on the last day in an open-book knowledge and theory exam conducted online and a test of envelope area calculations. If desired, a live in-person assessment of competency in using a common blower door system such as from The Energy Conservatory or Retrotec may be performed at the training venue, though this can be separately arranged for another day.

Requirements

Familiarity with basic geometry and mathematics, Computer with Sketchup (free) & or Adobe Reader DC, Calculator

Certification Steps

To become fully certified as an ATTMA Level 1 tester through this course, you must:
1. Pass the knowledge and theory exam
2. Apply to ATTMA and submit required documentation
3. Submit completed blower door tests and calculations of three different buildings not previously submitted to ATTMA Lodgement, including one done by on-site envelope dimensions. Tests must be filed with ATTMA Lodgement. These tests must be conducted on buildings not already in the Lodgement database.
4. Conduct a live supervised test of a single-zone building using a common blower door system from either The Energy Conservatory or Retrotec.
Steps 1-3 may be undertaken remotely and if completed successfully will result in listing as an ATTMA Level 1 tester with “provisional” status. The last step #4 may also be performed on the Exam Day at the training venue, or through a separate arrangement. Successful completion of all four steps will result in listing as an ATTMA Level 1 tester with “current” status.