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Green Building: Building Energy Use


In this module you will explore today's world view of energy efficiency is very different from the energy conservation mentality of the 1970s, which is recalled by those of us who were around then as a time of long lines at the gas pumps and diminished comfort in our homes and places of work. The energy efficiency model of today involves benefits, not sacrifices. In high performance buildings, energy efficient design begins with a methodical reduction of the building's heating and cooling loads - those imposed by climate and those generated by people and equipment. With all loads minimized, mechanical systems are then selected based on highest output for lowest fuel consumption.

The new efficiency means optimizing the performance of each of the building's components and systems both individually and in interaction with other energyconsuming systems - air conditioning, lighting, domestic hot water, etc. This is known as the practice of "design integration." In tandem with other energy efficient practices, building systems integration can provide excellent returns on the initial investment. Current practice also embraces the use of renewable energy technologies that reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and help alleviate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.



This online course does not include formal evaluation, but does encourage students to self-direct their own assessment and examination of the information covered throughout the duration of the program.

course quick facts
course code TRN7016
cost $70.00
estimated time to
complete course
2 Hours
course materials
360 Days

Andrew Manzini is Vice President and Principal Consultant, National Green Building, Inc. An executive, consultant, teacher, instructional designer and published author, Andy has over 30 years experience in all aspects of Training, Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, HRIS, Compensation and Benefits, Administration and MIS. He received international recognition for significant and pioneering contributions to Executive Development, Organizational Diagnosis, Human Resource Systems and Planning.