Course Descriptions

AKWarm for Building Energy Design and Analysis

This four-hour hands-on computer class teaches builders, home designers and assessors how to use the AKWarm software for determining a building’s thermal energy requirements. The program is also able to show compliance with Alaska’s Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES). AKWarm compares the energy use of building components so that the user can identify cost-effective measures. A free copy of the software is included. 4 CEUs

BEES Ventilation Certification

The purpose of this education is to understand how to comply with the ventilation portion of the Building Energy Efficiency Standard. Prerequisites are a residential endorsement, proof of having taken Cold Climate Home Building or its equivalent. Students must receive a 70% or greater on the test in order to gain certification. This education is necessary to sign the certification form PUR 101. Certification numbers do not come from ABSN but from AHFC. ABSN provides all necessary information to AHFC to process the applicants. 8 CEUs

Boiler Maintenance Workshop

This Workshop will cover the 5 major areas of a typical hot water boiler operation, including heat transfer, fuel handling, air handling, ignition, and controls. You will learn basic trouble shooting techniques, annual maintenance and parts ordering. 16 CEUs

Blower Door Certification

This certification course is a continuation of the Introduction to Airtightness Testing workshop and is designed to provide sufficient student exposure necessary for testing a building’s airtightness using the blower door. Participants completing this course and satisfying the test requirements receive a certificate of ability for performing airtightness testing according to the most current Alaska Housing Finance Corporation energy rating protocols. This demanding course is only recommended for individuals having completed previous training in building science fundamentals. Prerequisites:Introduction to Airtightness Testing and Cold Climate Homebuilding or Weatherization Technician 1. 14 CEUs

Caulking the Weathertight Building Envelope

This short 1 hour classes identifies proper caulking selection and usage. This course is 1 hour and is approved for 1 CEU.

Closing the Sale With Energy – A Realtor’s Guide to AKWarm

This 2 hour course offers real estate professionals a guide for making the best use of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s AKWarm energy ratings and reports when marketing and selling homes. Upon completion, participants will be have the tools to better recognize and use energy features to sell homes. They will understand, and be able to communicate to clients, not only how energy efficient a particular home is, but also what that means in terms of a host of financing options available to the buyer. This class will focus on the unique features of the AKWarm outputs – the Energy Rating and the Improvement Options reports. These reports are generated by AHFC-approved energy raters during the rating process and will be valuable tools to real estate professionals who know how to use them. This 2 hour class earns 2 CEUs through the Alaska Real Estate Commission.

Cold Climate Homebuilding

This two-day workshop is for contractors wishing to secure their contractor license residential endorsment as well as for owners, builders, and others interested in resdential construction. This course supplies the fundamental building science education necessary to enable contractors to understand the details of successful energy efficient buildings. Each workshop is tailored to consider local climate demands in the application of appropriate construction techniques. Students will learn how construction practices suitable for Ketchikan may not be best in Nome or Barrow. Current efficient construction news and research items are presented at the end of each workshop. 16 CEUs

Introduction to Air Tightness Testing

This is a one-day introduction to different methods of quantifying building air leakage with emphasis on the use, accuracy, and versatility of the blower door test method. A brief hands-on field example is provided in the afternoon session with each participant being offered the opportunity to install and operate a blower door in a properly configured building. This workshop is a pre-requisite to the Blower Door Certification Workshop. 8 CEUs

Maritime Building Considerations

This course presents design, construction details and practical strategies to control rain penetration into and through building surfaces. 2 CEUs

Passive Ventilation

This course explores the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing natural ventilation strategies. Presents techniques and design solutions for natural ventilation and shows how natural ventilation is a price competetive solution. 2 CEUs

Solutions for Preventing Moisture Scares

This course helps residential contractors identify symptoms of problems caused by a misunderstanding of building science issues, specifically issues of heat, air and moisture. 2 CEUs

The Anatomy of a Cold Weather Window

The building designer and contractor are made aware of all aspects of cold weather windows, allowing them to become competent to select, install, and maintain windows for inclement conditions. 8.5 CEUs

The Hows and Whys of Building Diagnostics

This course identifies the purpose of building diagnostics and showcases diagnostic tools and procedures. 2 CEUs

Vinyl Windows in the Arctic

This short course presents the use of vinyl windows in Arctic areas. 1.5 CEUs

Weatherization Technician I Training

This course is designed to meet the training needs for new employees involved in weatherization of existing buildings. Covering building testing and evaluating methods with emphasis on the mechanisms of retrofit. The student is presented with an appropriate overview of weatherization and the industry standards. 12 CEUs

Weatherization Technician II Training

This course targets weatherization assessors and evaluators. It is meant to supplement our Level 1 course with further training into advanced testing methods, such as infrared scanning and selecting the right forms for the job. Properties of specific caulks, sealants, fasteners, and insulation types are covered with additional information on how to ensure against under-ventilating any weatherization project. Interior and exterior weatherization applications and foundation retrofits are also presented. 13 CEUs

Many other entities offer Building Science Education Courses in Alaska, as well. For courses or information from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) visit their Website at You will also find courses and other information by visiting the Alaska Works Partnership at