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Utah opens weatherization training center

CLEARFIELD (Deseret News)  — From the outside, it's just another 21,000-square-foot warehouse in Clearfield's Freeport Center, a bustling depot of manufacturing, food production and services.

But upon entering the Intermountain Weatherization training center's warehouse, you see a house.

That's right, a 1,280-square-foot, two-story house with gray siding. Despite its house number, no one lives there.

The house is the latest state-of-the-art training center for workers who do weatherization work for low-income homeowners.

The weatherization program is designed to help low-income homeowners save money by replacing inefficient furnaces, adding insulation and undertaking other measures to make homes more energy efficient.

The training house is built to allow workers to identify and investigate ventilation and airflow problems in a house and then fix them.

Trainees will have access to attic space, crawl spaces, furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, various types of insulation and even old windows.

"We determined not to make it our little secret," said Mike Johnson, manager of Utah's weatherization assistance program.

Johnson's team will train the 130 new weatherization workers who have been hired in Utah as a result of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.

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