• [ April 21 – 24, 2015 ]
    Ankeny & Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Training: Blower and Blaster Basics– Diagnostic Energy Tester Certification


One Training, Two Locations For Your Convenience.

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 21-22, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Energy Resource Station, Ankeny, IA

Thursday & Friday, April 23-24, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, IA

On June 1, 2014, the State of Iowa implemented the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code with Iowa amendments through Iowa Code 661, Chapter 303 , State Building Code – Requirements for Energy Conservation in Construction. As part of the new 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, blower door testing is required to demonstrate a residential building infiltration rate of no more than 4 ACH50 on all new housing starts. Duct tightness testing is required where the air-handler or any portion of the ductwork is located outside the building thermal envelope/pressure boundary or a cavity return is used.

The Iowa Energy Center (IEC) will host DET training at its Energy Resource Station located in Ankeny, Iowa, April 21-22, 2015. The IEC will also host the training April 23-24, 2015 at The Hotel at Kirkwood located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Blower & Blaster Basics DET Certification two-day course is designed to introduce both beginner and intermediate-level participants to the skills necessary to become a Diagnostic Energy Tester, certified to perform the necessary duct and envelope tightness tests required for new homes by the 2012 Iowa Energy Conservation Code, based on the ICC 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, with Iowa amendments. This training is presented by BuildRIGHT Illinois, Inc. , an Illinois-based not for profit energy efficiency education and training organization formed in December 2012.

Course Objectives

After successful completion, participants will be able to test the leakage of building envelopes and duct systems, and report the results as measured against the provisions of the 2012 Iowa Energy Conservation Code. As a result, participants will be able to:
  • Explain basic building science principles and their relation to the 2012 IECC.
  • Describe the air sealing and duct pressurization provisions of the 2012 IECC.
  • Set up blower door and duct pressurization equipment to measure air and duct leakage to 2012 IECC.
  • Perform calculations for determining ACH50, CFM25, and percent duct leakage.
  • Complete a Duct & Envelope Tightness Report for compliance assessment.


Course Agenda

For the Course Agenda, Click here.

Pre-Class Assignments

Video 1: Blower Door Testing

Video 2: Duct Leakage Testing

Additional Information

  • Candidates must bring a calculator to the field and written exams
  • Candidates may elect to bring their own blower door, manometer and duct pressure test setups
  • After successful certification, individuals may go to the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Code Diagnostics website at to upload their new certifications. Additional information is available on the State Fire Marshall Division website .

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 8.0 AIA HSW/SD LU’s, 8.0 BPI CEU’s, and 0.8 CEU’s toward ICC Certification Renewal and Certification as an Iowa Diagnostic Energy Tester. To achieve designation as an Iowa DET, candidates must receive a passing score on both written and field practicum exams (included).

About the Presenters

Darren B. Meyers

Darren currently serves as the Illinois State Energy Office and Chicago Department of Buildings’ subject matter expert on energy codes since 2006. Meyers brings a national-level reputation and expert understanding of the manner in which model energy and sustainable construction standards are developed in the private sector, adopted by the public sector and implemented by the building design and construction industry. Darren is the former Technical Director of Energy Programs for the International Code Council.

Brian D. Kumer

Brian is a Level One Thermographer, BPI Test Center trainer, written and master field proctor, instructor for the Illinois Weatherization Assistance Program for “Infrared Technologies”, and Illinois Home Performance (IHP) Building Science Hot Line expert. He has trained and tested hundreds of contractors in BPI certifications in the region, while providing training and ongoing support of local Steamfitters, Sheet Metal Workers, Carpenters and Laborers unions.


$350.00 per participant (includes breakfast and lunch both days). For any dietary requirements, email Denise at the Energy Resource Station, , or call 515-965-7055.

Registration Information

Deadline is Friday, April 17, 2015.  Registration is required; each class is limited to 25 students. The Iowa Energy Center and BuildRIGHT Illinois, Inc. reserve the right to combine or cancel a training if fewer than twelve registrations per location are received prior to 4/17/15.

To Register

Click here to register for the April 21-22, 2015 DET Training in Ankeny, Iowa .
Cedar Rapids, Iowa .


April 21-22, 2015
Iowa Energy Center, Energy Resource Station
Bldg. 23, DMACC
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
For a map of this location, click here .
April 23-24, 2015
The Hotel at Kirkwood
7725 Kirkwood Blvd., SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(319) 848-8700 or (877) 751-5111
For a map of this location, click here .


Contact BuildRIGHT Illinois, Inc., 198 N. Robinson St., Lewistown, IL 61542.
(309) 547-5000

Brought to you in partnership with BuildRIGHT Illinois, Inc.


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