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The following courses have been approved for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for EnergySmart Contractors:
Building Science for EnergySmart Contractors
CEUs: 4 ESC
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.
Insulation and Radiant Barrier Evaluation
CEUs: 0.5 ICC | 5 ESC | 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.
Verifying Air Distribution and Air Barrier Systems in Residential Construction
CEUs: 0.9 ICC | 9 ESC
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.
Indoor Air Quality and Mechanical Ventilation
CEUs: 0.5 ICC | 5 ESC | 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.
Overview of Solar Technologies and Solar Construction
CEUs: 0.2 ICC | 2 ESC | 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.
CEUs: 0.8 ICC | 8 ESC
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.
Combustion Safety and Combustion Safety Testing
CEUs: 0.7 ICC | 7 ESC
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: 0.6 ICC | 6 ESC
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.
Building Science and the Building Envelope
CEUs: 0.4 ICC | 4 ESC
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.
CEUs: 0.4 ICC | 4 ESC
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.