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Energy Efficiency

  • Blower Door Basics Course

    1 LU AIA

    Identify where air leaks occur in a home and describe the difference between infiltration and exfiltration. Describe how a blower door test can identify leaks in a home, how the test works, how and where to set it up to get consistent results. This program details how to properly use a digital gauge during the blower door test to view results. This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Energy Efficiency, Building Science
    Sponsor:
    The Energy Conservatory
  • Window Performance Ratings and Technologies

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour and with GBCI for 1 CMP hour. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume 40 percent of all the energy used nationwide. Achieving optimal energy efficiency in buildings can drastically reduce overall energy consumption, and windows can play a key role in achieving improved performance. Building energy codes, standards and voluntary practices exist to provide a target for achieving recognized and acceptable levels of energy efficiency and establish minimum performance standards for residential and commercial buildings. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the relationship between windows and energy efficiency and the importance of installing appropriate windows with high performance technologies. We will discuss window performance ratings and how they can help to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of building occupants. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Windows, Sustainability, Design, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • Impact of Combined Heat and Power Systems in Residential and Commercial Buildings Course

    1 LU HSW/SD/AIA

    Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, as the name implies, serve dual purposes. First, they use a propane or natural gas generator to create electricity. The electricity produced from the generator is used by the home, reducing energy costs. If more electricity is generated than is consumed, the power can be sold back to the grid through net metering available in most states. Simultaneously, the heat from the engine is captured and used to warm the building or create hot water, further reducing energy costs. CHP units have been used in Europe for years and are now becoming more popular in the U.S. This courses is registered for the following education credits: 1 HSW/SD hour, AIA; 1 NAHB hour, 1 NARI hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Performance, HVAC, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    NAHB, NARI
  • Sustainable Design for Windows

    1 LU HSW/SD

    It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. This course will explain how windows promote healthy living conditions for the occupants by increasing natural daylight and improving indoor air quality. It will also describe how sustainable building products and materials can satisfy the aesthetic tastes of occupants today and in the future by using Universal Design strategies. Finally, by the end of this course you will be able to describe how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can, lower heating and cooling costs and how they can help contribute towards points the LEED for Homes credit categories. This program is registered for 1 AIA HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • An Energy & Environmental Analysis of Propane Energy Pod Homes

    Bundles or collections of building systems in homes can form the basis of an energy package or “pod.” These can be the foundation for homes delivering energy and CO2 emissions savings that outperform typical new homes in the marketplace. Building energy analysis was used to evaluate the energy and environmental performance of Propane Energy Pod prototype homes at two sizes, across different climate zones. These results were compared with standard homes featuring typical technology packages. The program has been submitted to the AIA, GBCI and NAHB for one continuing education hour.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
  • Condensing Tankless Water Heaters: Using Propane for the Most Efficient Water Heaters on the Market

    1.0 LU HSW

    This learning unit will address the benefits of a Condensing Tankless Water Heater and explore how retrofitting a home with a Condensing Tankless Water Heater—or installing one in new construction—can offer the most energy efficiency of any water heater, even propane Tankless Water Heaters, which until now have been the most energy-efficient water heaters available. Propane Condensing Tankless Water Heaters are the wave of the future when it comes to super energy-efficient and environmentally friendly water heating. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, USGBC
  • Residential Energy Performance Upgrades: an energy, economic, and environmental analysis

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    Decisions on where and when to invest in residential energy efficient equipment can be tricky for a consumer, especially when it comes to paying a premium for higher efficiency equipment. This course focuses on the typical energy use for average single family detached households. Once you have completed this course you will be able to explain the difference between elective and non-elective energy efficiency measures (EEM) and identify the most beneficial EEMs in each of the five targeted climate zones covered. You will also be able to determine approximate payback periods for EEMs in your projects and to convey the costs and benefits of the EEM options to your clients. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI, USGBC, NAHB
  • Achieving Sustainable Design Goals with Tubular Daylighting Technologies

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    By the end of this course you should be able to describe why daylight is an important component of sustainable design. You will be able to compare and contrast the different daylighting strategies available. You will also understand the minimum requirements for achieving LEED with daylighting and cite the specific ways that tubular daylighting devices can help projects earn LEED accreditation. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2011
    Subject(s):
    Daylighting, Energy Efficiency, LEED
    Sponsor:
    Solatube
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI
  • 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
  • Expanding Outdoor Living: Using Propane for Efficient and Sustainable Outdoor Living

    1.0 LU HSW

    Describe why outdoor rooms and furnished outdoor spaces are becoming popular among homeowners and designers. Describe at least three considerations that should be taken into account before designing an outdoor room or space. Describe at least three features fueled by propane that are often seen in outdoor rooms or outdoor spaces. List at least three facts about propane related it’s low environmental impact. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2010
    Subject(s):
    Outdoor Rooms, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI, USGBC