About the Energy Appraiser Certification

The Insulation Energy Appraisal Program™ (IEAP) is a 2-day course that teaches students how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. The program was designed to teach students the necessary information to give facility managers a better understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems. If you are interested in taking the IEAP course, please email training@insulation.org for more information.

About the Program

During the course you will learn how to conduct a facility walkthrough, use the 3E Plus® software, utilize infrared cameras during inspections, understand steam efficiencies, analyze and complete an appraisal spreadsheet, and present your customer with a final report that outlines the potential savings and emission reductions that mechanical insulation can provide.

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The IEAP is developed for individuals who have good communication skills, experience in commercial and/or industrial construction, the ability to read construction drawings, understand the fundamentals of insulation systems and products, can recognize basic safety concerns during a facility visit, are mathematically inclined, and have basic computer literacy.

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Registration Fees and Class Format

The course typically runs from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Day 1 and 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Day 2. (Click here to view a sample course agenda). The cost of attending the course is $1,395 (discounted cash/check rate) or $1,440 (standard rate) for non-members. A discounted rate of $995 (discounted cash/check rate) or $1,025 (standard rate) is available for NIA members.

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Course Materials

Students will receive the following materials: course manual, 3E Plus software, Microsoft Excel custom spreadsheet, and a final report template. Materials required for class participation include: laptop computer (no Macs) with Excel software, Windows operating software (XP, Vista, or version 7 or newer), and 10 MB of available space.

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Exam Details

The certification exam is 50 questions covering information discussed in the IEAP course and materials. Students must score 70% or higher to pass and become a Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser. Students who do not score at least 70% will be notified by NIA about how to retake the exam.

Professional Instructors

The IEAP course instructors are Chris Crall, P.E. and Steve Campbell.

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Chris Crall, P.E., is a mechanical engineer with expertise in thermal insulation and energy usage in commercial and industrial facilities. With over 40 years of experience, he is currently providing consulting services in the areas of building energy standards, energy analysis, and mechanical insulation standards and specifications.

Steve Campbell has over 50 years of experience within the insulation industry. His previous titles include: Vice President of Operations/Plant Manager, Sales Agent, and Specification Manager. Steve is also a level II Certified Infrared Thermographic #5311. He is currently providing consulting services in the areas of marketing, sales, and specification.


Certified Appraisers

Students who pass the certified course exam will become Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers™. The certification will be valid for 3 years, after which the individual must recertify. After passing the exam, students will receive a certificate, lapel pin, and marketing kit. The marketing kit includes the official copyrighted Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser™ logo to promote their certification to clients.

As an added benefit to NIA members, all NIA member-certified appraisers will be listed on NIA's website and promoted through other NIA programs and publications such as NIA News, Insulation Outlook, press releases, and industry presentations.