Indoor Climate Research & Training
The Indoor Climate Research & Training (ICRT) program is part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois. The program began when the University of Illinois received a grant to establish a training center for those involved in the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP). The program now has expanded to additional areas such as:
- Performing indoor air quality research in residences.
- Performing research on lead-safe practices and radon reduction.
- Evaluating impacts of different ventilation standards on human health in homes receiving energy-focused retrofits.
- Evaluating the energy savings and indoor air quality impacts of retrofits performed under the Weatherization Assistance Program.
- Developing training curricula for the national home performance industry.
- Training and certifying assessors and others from community action agencies throughout the state who perform weatherization work on qualifying residences.
In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, ICRT provides IREC-accredited training through the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP). Currently, ICRT offers training programs for two certifications: Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector. The Energy Auditor curriculum consists of 11 classroom and infield courses in preparation for classroom and infield proficiency exams, both of which must be passed for certification. The Quality Control Inspector (QCI) curriculum builds on that of the Energy Auditor with the addition of a QCI course. The QCI designation can only be awarded to candidates who have first passed the Energy Auditor (or equivalent) curriculum. For more information on course curricula, please click on the Registration tab.
ICRT is headquartered in the University of Illinois Research Park,
2111 S. Oak Street, Champaign.
The building contains a state-of-the-art classroom and HVAC lab.