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Weatherization Energy Auditor

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Description

Weatherization Energy Auditor

This course is tailored specifically for Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Program and similar utility-funded programs. This course is based on the "Core Competencies for the Weatherization Assistance Program" developed by the Weatherization Trainers Consortium. The curriculum elements are specifically designed to train technicians involved in the field of building performance and energy efficiency by offering distance learning courses that are suited for continuing education, test preparation, and career enhancement. The course is also compliant with the BPI Energy Analyst Standards.

Curriculum

  • Basic Building Science - This topic describes the most essential physical principles and technical skills that underlay the work of building scientists. A working knowledge of this material is critical to understanding every other topic presented here.
  • Building Assessment Skills - All building performance improvements must be preceded by an accurate and informed assessment of the structure. This topic provides guidance for inspection, measurement, and testing procedures. Modules on utility bill analysis and computer auditing will help analysts fine-tune their audits.
  • Air Leakage Diagnostics - Air leakage is a fundamental but complex housing problem that determines energy waste, indoor air quality, and building durability. This topic focuses on methods of measuring air leakage, guidelines for evaluating potential energy savings, and principles for evaluating ventilation.
  • Heating and Cooling Systems - Heating and cooling systems are the most complicated equipment in most homes. They also consume the majority of energy in many climates. This topic illustrates the range of equipment used, describes the operation of each, and provides guidance for assessing the most critical operating parameters. Assessment of ducts and airflow are included here.
  • Building Enclosure - Improving the efficiency of the building shell is the key to comfort and seasonal energy savings. Insulation and air sealing are the primary topics here, and a strong case is made for maximizing the application of both measures. Window repair and replacement are included here.
  • Durable Healthy Homes - Building performance work cannot be separated from air quality and moisture management. This topic draws the connections among comfort, durability, and safety, and outlines the simplest approaches to achieving all three. Principles of mechanical ventilation are included here.
  • Water Heating and Baseload - Water heating, lighting, refrigeration, and other baseload should never be overlooked in a comprehensive building performance project. In mild climates, they may consume more energy than heating and cooling combined. Appliance replacement in particular is increasingly attractive as technologically advanced equipment comes to market.

Required materials

Residential Energy provides much of the background in building science you'll need to understand the principles presented. The Saturn Building Analyst Field Guide describes the procedures used to assess the performance of both new and existing buildings. Both contain information that is included in the quizzes and final exam. For more info on the book go to http://srmi.biz/Bookstore.Saturn_Books.htm

Outcomes

This online course was created to provide studnets with a background in building science a well-rounded understanding of the principles residential energy as well as the procedures used to assess the performance of both new and existing buildings.

Assessment

The final exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions. It draws from all the material covered in the seven Building Analyst topics above.

You'll have two hours to complete the exam. Be sure to schedule a block of un-interupted time for the exam -- once you begin, you must finish it in one sitting. The exam is formatted like the 10-question quizzes that are included in each topic. You'll see 10 questions at a time. You can save each page before you go on to the next, and you'll be able to return to any page to check your responses before submitting the entire exam.

course quick facts
course code PRO1013
cost $1145.00
estimated time to
complete course
50 Hours
course materials
available
7 Weeks
instructor

John Krigger and Chris Dorsi are two of this country's foremost experts on residential energy issues, with 60 years combined experience in energy-conservation and building troubleshooting. Their expertise includes home design, construction and retrofit, heating, air conditioning, air-sealing, insulation, lighting, water heating, and home appliances.