Building Science for EnergySmart Contractors

Note: The EnergySmart Contractor Program is a nationally recognized certification program effective for the United States and protectorates. This program is managed by the Residential Services Network: RESNET.us

Course Details

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Building Science for EnergySmart Contractors
This course provides a high level overview of Building Science. 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.
Module 1 Introduction and Course Overview  
This module defines the course agenda and required materials. It will walk you through the steps required to complete this training. As part of the introduction you will also learn why it is important for contractors to understand building science and what roles are being performed by others in the energy retrofit industry.
Unit 1 Roles in the Energy Retrofit Industry
Unit 2 HERS and the Energy Index
Module 2 Energy Fundamentals  
This module explores what uses and loses energy in a home, the definition of energy, energy transfer, measuring energy and converting between units of energy and power.
Unit 1 Residential Energy Use
Unit 2 What is Energy
Module 3 Heat, Air and Moisture  
In this module you will learn about heat flow, air flow and moisture flow in buildings. The concepts of conduction, convection, radiation, latent and sensible heat, condensation, moisture vapor, relative humidity and building pressure effects will be discussed. The factors that determine indoor comfort will be examined.
Unit 1 Heat Transfer
Unit 2 Air Flow
Unit 3 Moisture Transport
Module 4 The Building Envelope  
This module explores the concept of the thermal boundary and the air barrier of the home. The components that make up the building envelope are reviewed, and vapor barriers are discussed.
Unit 1 Heat Flows Through the Building Shell
Module 5 Indoor Air Quality and Mechanical Ventilation  
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is critical to the health of the home's occupants. When weatherizing a home, IAQ can be drastically affected and must be considered in the project plan. This module describes indoor pollutants, indoor air quality, and strategies for mechanical ventilation used to maintain good air quality in a home.
Unit 1 Introduction to Indoor Air Quality
Unit 2 Types of Mechanical Ventilation
Unit 3 Ventilation Requirements
Module 6 Mechanical Systems  
Systems used to heat and cool the air inside a residential structure, the system used to distribute that conditioned air, and determining the efficiency of these systems is covered in this module. Water Heating systems are discussed as well as maintenance factors that affect the efficiency of all types of mechanical systems.
Unit 1 HVAC Systems Shop Class
Module 7 The Economics of Energy Improvement  
This module presents a high-level look at the financial analysis that is performed to determine the cost effectiveness of making energy improvements. Improvement ranking, packaging, and the consideration of expense vs. investment are discussed.
Unit 1 Energy Mortgages
Unit 2 Cost Effectiveness and Ranking of Energy Improvements
Module 8 The Work Scope  
A well-written scope of work includes information specific enough that it can be used to bid, perform work, and demonstrate when that work is complete. This module details what a contractor should expect and insist on from the work scope.
Unit 1 The Biddable Scope of Work
Module 9 Putting it All Together  
Teamwork, Quality Assurance, and a focus on the health and safety of the clients, the building's durability, and the resulting energy efficiency makes for a successful energy retrofit project. This module covers the test-out, quality assurance, and includes the final test for this course.
Unit 1 Quality Assurance Standards
Unit 2 The Project Test Out
Module 10 Sample RESNET EnergySmart Contractor Test  
This 25 question test does not contain the exact same questions as found in the official RESNET EnergySmart Contractor Test but it will help prepare you to take the actual test. This sample test is not timed but the official RESNET test will be timed and will have 50 questions. Please become as familiar as possible with all the information available from the EnergySmart Contractor training and become accustomed to taking tests before undertaking the official test. When you feel you are ready to take the actual RESNET test then please contact your RESNET CEQ Provider to get your RESNET test scheduled.
Unit 1 EnergySmart Contractor Sample RESNET Test

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