AIA

  • Propane-Enhanced Solar Water Heating

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    You will be able to explain why supplemental energy is often required to support renewable energy technologies. You will be able to describe how propane supplements three types of alternative energy technologies. You will be able to identify several limiting factors that will help you specify an appropriate renewable energy system. Finally, you will be able to identify basic functions of common features in three renewable energy technologies. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2010
    Subject(s):
    Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC, NAHB, NARI
  • Understanding the 2009 IECC Energy Code, Advanced Efficiency Programs, and their Implications for Propane

    1.0 LU HSW

    Navigating the seemingly endless number of codes influencing residential building can be daunting. This learning unit will address the primary sections in the IECC Energy Code, advanced efficiency programs and their implications as they relate to the use of propane. At the end of this course you will be able to identify the top regions in the United States where propane-fueled appliances are used in new homes, discuss the structure of the 2009 IECC - specifically the sections that impact propane in new single family homes and recognize the major compliance paths in the IECC. You will also be able to describe minimum efficiency requirements for propane-fired residential equipment and identify opportunities for the cost-effective use of these higher-efficiency systems. Finally, you will be introduced to green building codes and standards, including LEED for Homes and the National Green Building Standard, and will understand the overall role propane plays in earning points towards a home’s compliance. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, NARI, USGBC
  • Retrofitting Homes from Heating Oil to Propane: Efficiency, Economic and Environmental Benefits

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    By the end of this learning unit, you will be able to describe the history and current use of heating oil in the US. You will be able to identify which alternative fuel sources are available to current heating oil consumers, as well as be able to complete a heating analysis of alternative energy choices. You will be able to identify why propane is a superior alternative to heating oil. Finally, you will be able to explain considerations when converting from heating oil to another energy source and be able to find a propane retailer. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Subject(s):
    Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC, NARI, NAHB
  • A Comparative Analysis of Residential Water Heating Systems

    1.0 LU HSW

    This course will take a look at a study done on Energy, Environmental and Economic Analysis of Residential Water Heating Systems. This study provides an energy, environmental, and economic analysis of 11 residential water heating systems in 10 geographic locations throughout the United States, with emphasis on the performance of propane-based systems relative to alternatives. The objective of the study is to compare the different performance and economic characteristics of water heating systems to inform builder, contractor, and homeowner decisions on water-heater selection. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, NARI, USGBC
  • Specifying Propane Standby Generators: Installation and Value Considerations

    1.0 LU HSW

    Upon completion of this unit you will be able to describe the most common reasons for power outages in the U.S. You will be able to list the three main kinds of electrical generators available in the residential market and be able to identify the most reliable and appropriate fuel to power an electrical generator. Finally, you will be able to list factors that need to be considered before sizing a generator for a home, to ensure that it is safe and comfortable during power outages. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Technology
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, USGBC, NARI
  • Heating Oil Conversion: Exploring Propane as a Viable Alternative Energy Source

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    Heating oil, also known as fuel oil or Number 2 oil, has been a popular choice for homeowners since the early 1900s. As an alternative to coal or wood as a fuel source for boilers and domestic hot water production, heating oil proved to be a reliable, clean, and economical choice for millions of consumers, especially in the Northeast where other fuel types were often more difficult to acquire or were more expensive. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2010
    Subject(s):
    Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC, NARI, NAHB
  • Properties and Benefits of Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems (EIFS)

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    This presentation will first address the principal features of EIFS and look at how EIFS – with its excellent sustainable qualities – can benefit both new construction and the renovation of existing buildings. Next will be a description and review of two independent, government agency studies on the hygrothermal performance and life cycle analysis of EIFS. This will be followed by a discussion of the benefits of continuous exterior insulation and finally, discussion of how EIFS can contribute to LEED certification. Take the course.

    Posted:
    September 2010
    Sponsor:
    EIMA
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI
  • Exterior Wood Doors and the Battle Against Moisture

    1.0 LU HSW

    This program will address the design flexibility, aesthetics and performance attributes of wood doors, and how they can be incorporated into a range of architectural styles for homes and light construction. Images and descriptions will help illustrate the difference between solid and engineered stile and rail wood doors. The program will also discuss the effects moisture can have on wood doors and technologies and design strategies that can enhance resistance to water infiltration. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2010
    Subject(s):
    Doors
    Sponsor:
    Simpson Doros
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Cellular Trim Materials for Architectural Details

    1.0 LU

    After completing the course, the learner will be able to: recognize the two types of cellular PVC and describe the differences between them; list three key performance benefits of cellular PVC trim over wood trim; recognize how PVC trim reacts to temperature changes and how to minimize expansion and contraction through proper installation; define Light Reflective Value and why it is important when painting PVC trim products; and, specify installation requirements including fastening, sawing and painting. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2010
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Molding Millwork and Trim
    Sponsor:
    Kleer Lumber
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Design Elements of Winning Residential Kitchens

    1.0 LU

    You will recognize and identify ways to: make the space of the kitchen the primary design element; use color and materials as the primary design element to create an exemplary kitchen; choose a visual theme - related to the residence as a whole or for the kitchen proper- as the primary design element of a kitchen; and adapt the kitchen design to the client's lifestyle and functional needs. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2010
    Subject(s):
    Design, Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Sub-Zero
    Certification(s):
    AIA