DOE's Building Science Education efforts - a request

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific checklists intended to be used by partnering training organizations, universities and certification bodies to self–certify that their programs include these important aspects of building science in their curriculum.  Partners of DOE’s Guidelines for Building Science Education will be highlighted on related websites and potentially receive recognition from DOE for their efforts in this area. 

Initial feedback from potential partnering professors has been that easy-to-access, interactive and accurate content is difficult to come by, especially in terms of the specific modules described in The Guidelines.  To address this issue, DOE is developing an online database of building science teaching resources, that also supports the job specific checklists in The Guidelines. 

As we start this endeavor, we would like to ask that any of you who have related experience contribute your content for our review, so we can best understand what already exists to teach building science – and what doesn’t. It’s critical to our process to see what people use to teach their students, so we can most effectively help the market develop better building science education solutions.

To do this – please simply send us what you’ve got! We don’t want to place undue burden on you or create more work. We’d simply like permission to review your syllabus, presentation material, reading lists – really anything you use that you find useful in teaching your students. We will not reproduce this material without your explicit permission.

You can email these materials to Heather Stafford at, or contact her so she can set up file sharing for you if it’s easier.


Stacy Hunt

Confluence Communications

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Comment by Colin Genge on July 16, 2015 at 12:35pm

We have been creating training materials for the measurement of duct and house leakage for 35 years.  Most or all curriculum leave out the important pitfalls that testers fall into. We have been doing tech support to over 20,000 testers worldwide so we have good information as to what goes wrong and how to avoid it. We have also developed a complete generic blower door training course with videos that runs over many of the basics but the most powerful tool we have is how to avoid those pitfalls.

We also have online duct testing and blower door courses.

How would we proceed to help the education in this area?

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