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Course Catalog of On-Demand Training
Our available on-demand training is listed below.
CEUs = Continuing Education Units | ICC = International Code Council | RESNET = Residential Energy Services Network
Building Science and the Building Envelope
CEUs: 0.4 ICC
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.
Combustion Safety and Combustion Safety Testing
CEUs: 0.7 ICC
This course is about combustion safety in our homes and residences. We will define the Combustion Appliance Zone(s) (CAZ), discuss the combustion process and elements of combustion safety, understand the multiple combustion appliances we may have to evaluate as well as testing protocols and visual examination. This course covers all combustion appliances, whether they are located in a dedicated CAZ or not. Testing tools, calculations, interpretation of results, and incorporating safety into the scope of work are covered. ACCA Standards and RESNET Standards are included as a focus of this training.
CEUs: 0.8 ICC
There are many uses for Construction Math, from Building Science to Real Estate to Construction. This course will help you dust off and expand your math skills with a focus on residential construction. You will learn how to take accurate measurements in the field and how to determine accurate measurements on plans as well as how to calculate area and volume for basic and more advanced shapes and construction features such as hip roofs and spiral staircase or turret walls. Top it all off with a primer on generating scale drawings and what should be included in those drawings. If you work with any type of construction, this course will help you ensure your calculations are accurate.
CEUs: 0.4 ICC
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.
CEUs: 0.6 ICC
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.
ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Certification for Program Verifiers & Code Officials
CEUs: 1.8 ICC | 18 RESNET
This fully online, on-demand course provides the required training for those verifying under the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program. This is an EPA Approved training course for RESNET HERS Raters, Rating Field Inspectors, and HERS Modelers, BPI Certified Professionals, and CHEERS Verifiers. The training assumes the student has already taken the ENERGY STAR Single Family New Homes required training and builds from that base of understanding to provide the specifics required for the certification of Multifamily projects. This course is current with the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction, Version 1 / 1.1 / 1.2 (Rev. 02) checklists and includes information about what is coming in the Rev. 03 checklists. The ENERGY STAR Exam must be passed in order to become certified as an ENERGY STAR Qualified Verifier and/or obtain the 18 CEUs. Exam Proctoring information is made available to the student at the end of the course - the exam and the Proctoring fee for the initial attempt is included!
Register for both this Multifamily New Construction course PLUS the Single Family New Homes course and receive a 5% discount off of both courses! Click here for the combo package registration.
ENERGY STAR Single Family New Homes Version 3/3.1 Certification Training for Program Verifiers & Code Officials
CEUs: 1.8 ICC | 18 RESNET
This 18 CEU online, on-demand training class teaches HERS Raters, HERS Modelers, and RFIs what they need to know to verify homes for the ENERGY STAR Program. This course is open to RESNET HERS Raters, Rating Field Inspectors, and HERS Modelers, BPI Certified Professionals, and CHEERS Verifiers who are new to ENERGY STAR as well as those who are already ENERGY STAR Certified. This course includes details about the ENERGY STAR v3.0/v3.1 program using the Revision 11 Checklists. Please Note: This course does not include the new ENERGY STAR Multi-Family program - that is available in a separate course. This course does include component by component verification protocols, partnering with ENERGY STAR, information about logo use, marketing materials and ongoing support. The ENERGY STAR Exam must be passed in order to become certified as an ENERGY STAR Qualified Verifier and/or obtain the 18 CEUs. Exam Proctoring information is made available to the student at the end of the course - the exam and the Proctoring fee for the initial attempt is included!
Register for both this Single Family New Homes course PLUS the Multifamily New Construction course and receive a 5% discount off of both courses! Click here for the combo package registration.
ENERGY STAR v3/v3.1 For Everyone
Refresher Course Only | No CEUs Available
This is a course for anyone interested in learning about the ENERGY STAR program at the current 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. Verification for items from the ENERGY STAR Water Management System Builder Requirements is included. A detailed look at the changes from Revision 7 to Revision 8 is included as well as a deep dive into the Revision 8 checklists and how to verify program compliance and cross-check items among the checklists themselves.
NOTE: This course does not provide any CEU's or reporting to the EPA.
HERS Modeler Certification for REM/Rate & Ekotrope
CEUs: 18 RESNET
Being a HERS Modeler is much, much more than data entry. The ability to generate an accurate energy model is one of the most difficult and critical responsibilities of a HERS Rating. This course provides information about home energy ratings, but also about the energy and construction considerations that must be made when developing an energy model. Students can expect to learn construction math and building science as well as obtain a working knowledge of where the model data comes from and why it is important. An understanding of what data are gathered in the field, what to expect from that field data gathering, and how to turn that data into modeling information and enter it into HERS Modeling tools is all included in this training. YOU HAVE THE CHOICE: This course can be used to become certified as a HERS Modeler for the Ekotrope software or REM/Rate software or both!
HERS Rater Certification Training
This course is designed to train students who wish to be Certified Home Energy Raters (HERS Raters) the basics of Home Energy Ratings and is designed to prepare you for the RESNET national rater, practical simulation, and CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) simulation exams. Once you have completed this on-line portion of the training, you will need to take the required national exams in the presence of the instructor. This is the first phase in your journey to become Certified as a HERS Rater. To complete your certification once you have successfully completed training and passed the exams, you must also gain hands-on experience with the tools and perform testing and verification under the guidance of a RESNET Rating QA Provider. You will then complete a minimum of five (5) probationary ratings with your chosen Rating Quality Assurance Provider within one year of successfully completing the exams. Your Rating QA Provider is the certifying body who will provide you with your final HERS Rater certification.
Indoor Air Quality and Mechanical Ventilation
CEUs: 0.5 ICC | 5 RESNET
This online, on-demand training class is targeted to HERS Raters, RFIs and Code Officials; but will be interesting to anyone who breathes while inside their residence. You will learn all about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), carbon monoxide production, and mechanical ventilation systems. It also explains code calculations for required ventilation air and changes to those codes over the years, including how to take measured air infiltration into account and what you need to know to test and verify the air flow of mechanical ventilation systems according to the latest residential codes.
Insulation and Radiant Barrier Evaluation
CEUs: 0.5 ICC | 5 RESNET
This online, on-demand training class will be of interest to Insulation Installers, HERS Raters, RFIs, Code Officials, and General Contractors. The amount of items and standards to be considered and evaluated when determining the quality of a residential insulation job or the installation of radiant barriers is surprising. The installation, the application, and the specific materials used all have their own set of requirements. After those have been met, the installation itself must be evaluated to determine the quality of that installation. Insulation and Radiant Barrier Evaluation walks you through all these considerations and explains how Grading works for insulation and radiant barrier installations according to the ANSI/RESNET/ICC 301 Standard.
Modeling Water Efficiency Items in REM/Rate and Ekotrope
CEUs: 3 RESNET
This course provides the required credit for Certified Energy Modelers and HERS Raters to meet software training CEU requirements! It guides you through the water efficiency items found in most structures as well as those less common items such as recirculation systems and drain water heat recovery. You will learn how to calculate piping distances for various plumbing types, how to find and record water efficient items, how to determine from plans what type of plumbing system is expected, and the differences in accounting for these systems for single family versus multi-family structures. A description of and calculations for the new Hot Water Distribution System Compactness Factor from the 2021 IECC is included as part of this training.
Overview of Solar Technologies and Solar Construction
CEUs: 0.2 ICC | 2 RESNET
This course is designed to be an introduction to passive and active solar systems that includes a history of how solar features were included in ancient dwellings up to the present time. This quick but comprehensive course includes:
- How solar photovoltaic (PV) collectors are manufactured, the types of PV collectors available, and their efficiencies.
- The difference between passive and active solar systems and an examination of their components.
- How to size and determine the cost of a solar electric (PV) system.
- How to calculate the federal tax credit incentives for residential renewable energy systems.
- How to find additional rebates, incentives, funding, and other programs for residential renewable energy systems.
RESCAZ Simulation Exam Practice & Preparation
This is a preparation course for the RESCAZ Simulation Exam. This course walks you through the registration for the simulation tool, how to access it, practicing in the simulation, and scheduling the exam. This exam is required for the RESNET Certifications of HERS Rater and Rating Field Inspector (RFI). A complete walkthrough of the simulation tool and practice on simulated scenarios as well as ACCA Standards and a simulation checklist are included as part of this training.
Sampling Webinar: Sampling Protocols for HERS Ratings
This presentation covers the protocols used to certify HERS Index and qualify homes and units for programs using Sampling. The webinar covers RESNET Sampling procedures in general. The information contained is useful for builders, program managers and HERS Raters interested in RESNET Sampling.
Verifying Air Distribution and Air Barrier Systems in Residential Construction
CEUs: 0.9 ICC
Understanding, measuring and diagnosing air leakage of the duct systems and the building shell is the focus of this training course. The air distribution system and the home envelope are described and investigated along with their impacts on efficiency, safety and building durability. Tools and methods for measuring duct and air leakage and duct and air leakage calculations are explained. Discussions and examples include pressure influences and pressure diagnostics. This course is an excellent introduction to residential duct and air leakage for anyone considering performing this type of testing and diagnostics; or anyone who will be approving and overseeing others to perform this type of work.