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Training Opportunities for Staff and for Partners

This page will contain notices of training opportunities that are useful for any staff or partners involved in affordable housing.  We welcome notices of training that we do not have listed, so that we may update our page.

Home Energy Rater Training

Based on RESNET HERS and ENERGY STAR for New Homes

When: October 29 – November 3, 2018 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday

Where: Best Western Grant Creek Inn, Missoula 5280 Grant Creek Rd, 59808 Missoula 406/543-0700

Registration Options:

  • Basic Registration - $1500

  • NorthWestern Energy Service Area Trainee - $500

CLICK HERE for all the details about this course and how to register.

Blower Door and Air Tightness Testing


Thermal and Infrared Camera Analysis

Helena Area Habitat for Humanity (HAHH) and Montana Department of Environmental will be conducting a home energy efficiency investigation to confirm the newly constructed HAHH home is properly air sealed and insulated. Attendees will be able to use the thermal/infrared (IR) camera and see how well the house is sealed and insulated.

Paul Tschida with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Mark Leland with HAHH will be demonstrating a blower door test and thermal/infrared camera analysis of the new house.

Location: 2880 Twilight Street in Mountain View Meadows

Date: October 25, 2018

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Open to the Public - Free of Charge

The blower door test consists of a large fan assembly temporarily placed in an exterior doorway. With all windows and doors closed, the fan is turned on, drawing air out of the building. By measuring the air flow required to hold a slight vacuum in the house, an air tightness rating can be obtained and used to evaluate the effectiveness of the air sealing measures. A blower door test is a requirement of the Montana energy code. All new house regardless of location (both inside and outside city limits) must be blower door tested.

The thermal/infrared camera will show the surface temperatures inside of the house. The thermal/infrared camera can reveal under and improperly insulated areas and air leakage sites. With the blower door fan operating, colder outdoor air is being pulled into the house through air leakage sites which can be detected with the IR camera. Typically, these areas include recessed lights, exterior wall/floor junction, electrical boxes on exterior walls, rough opening of windows and doors.

For further information contact Paul Tschida at 406-444-6464 or by e-mail at ptschida@mt.gov.

Bed Bug Workshop

WHEN:  Thursday, November 1, 2018, 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM

WHAT:   St. Peter's Health Regional Medical Center,2475 Broadway Street, Helena, MT 59601,
              in the Education Center located inside the Main Entrance.

HOW:    Please register for the workshop here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2FP2QCK


  • Laurie Kerzicnik is an Associate Extension Specialist and Arthropod Diagnostician at Montana State University in Bozeman. She focuses on the identification, education, and outreach of urban insects and spiders. She has a Masters and PhD in Entomology from Colorado State University.
  • Clint Culver is a Past President of AMTOPP (Association of Montana Turf Ornamental, and Pest Professionals), he is licensed with the State of Montana as a Structural Pesticide Applicator and is the co- owner of Nitro-Green, a pest control business established in 1984.


8:30-9:30            Bed bug biology (Laurie Kerzicnik)

                           Identification and resources for bed bugs

                           Other common insects mistaken for bed bugs

9:30-10:15          Monitoring (Clint Culver)

                           What to look for and how to set up a monitoring program

10:15-10:30       Break

10:30-11:15       Treatment (Clint Culver)

                           What treatment options are available

                          What treatment options work/don’t work

11:15-11:45       Liability/Legal Services (Laurie Kerzicnik & Montana Legal Services Association)

                         Who is responsible-landlord vs. tenant issues

                         Applicable laws

For more information please contact Michael O’Neil; Helena Housing Authority; moneil@hhamt.org; (406) 442-7970 ext. 124


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