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Building Science for EnergySmart Contractors

by The Accurate Rater Network

This online, on-demand course provides a high level overview of Building Science and is required for Contractors wishing to be certified as an EnergySmart Contractor. It is intended for the General Contractor, Crew Manager, Crew Leader, and Crew Member to provide an understanding of heat flow, air flow and moisture flow through a residential structure. Changes made to a structure intended to improve comfort and energy efficiency are discussed in terms of their potential impact on health, safety, and building durability. Roles in the energy retrofit industry and terminology used in building science, diagnostics and building performance are covered. Anyone involved in or interested in the weatherization of existing home stock will benefit from taking this course.

Cost: $175.00

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Optimized ENERGY STAR v3/v3.1 On-Demand Certification Course for HERS Raters

This course provides the training required for a Certified HERS Rater to verify homes under the ENERGY STAR program. The course includes the exam which must be passed to achieve this certification. Successful completion of this course earns  18 RESNET CEU's

Most ENERGY STAR training programs use a checklist by checklist, item by item approach. We have found that method leaves a lot to be desired when you try to apply it in the real world. The “Rater Field Checklist” if completed from top to bottom requires you to traverse the same path up to six (6) times - we counted 538 total steps! The ARN optimized training method instead teaches you what to verify inspection by inspection rather than checklist by checklist. When you look at a window, you are prepared to verify everything needed for that window at one time. This reduces the number of steps to 138 and this is just for one of four (4) checklists which must be completed for ENERGY STAR. Save the steps for the gym. When you are working, every step impacts your profits. Where you choose to get your training can make a significant difference in the amount of time spent on-site and at your computer.

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ENERGY STAR v3/v3.1 On-Demand Refresher Course for HERS Raters

by The Accurate Rater Network

This is a course meant to be used by ENERGY STAR Certified HERS Raters who wish to update their knowledge of the ENERGY STAR program to the v3/v3.1 level with the Revision 8 checklists. The class has an in-depth focus on in-field verification and includes many examples of correct installations as well as incorrect installations and their corrections. In-depth information is provided about static pressure testing as well as water management and water-managed building assemblies.

This course does not provide any CEU's or reporting to the EPA.

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Energy Fundamentals

by The Accurate Rater Network

Energy Fundamentals is all about Energy! This short course covers the definition of energy including detailed energy terms and the language of energy. You will learn the laws of thermodynamics and take a deep dive into the concepts of heat flow, air flow, and moisture flow. These concepts are brought together with a discussion about how they impact human comfort, health and safety.

Cost: $50.00

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Building Science and the Building Envelope

by The Accurate Rater Network

The building envelope plays a large part in the amount of energy our homes use. This course introduces you to construction terminology, takes you through a quick history of home construction and home energy use and dives into the details of building envelope energy flows. You will learn about heating and cooling load calculations, degree days, R-Values, U-Values, K-Values, heat loss, and heat gain. We complete the envelope discussion by discussing climate zones and climate zone impacts on construction decisions.

Cost: $50.00

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Construction Primer

by The Accurate Rater Network

Construction basics and building components are covered in this course. We take a tour of construction plans and learn what to expect in the plan set. We cover the components that make up the building shell in details and review alternative building materials and techniques.

Cost: $50.00

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