Weatherization and Renewable Energy Video Course
7 Hour Online Course — Online HD-Video
Weatherization and Renewable Energy
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Weatherization: Students successfully completing this three hour portion will gain confidence in their ability to reduce building envelope failure using proven methods of construction. Building homes that are well protected from the weather is important for all building professionals. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship. Sometimes a problem is found in the design of a home, adding to disputes over poor workmanship. The very best defense against moisture issues in a home is in training the workforce in how moisture enters into the internal structural areas of a home and what procedures to use in the many tasks involved to head off these problems.
Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is contributing more and more to the world’s ever-rising energy demands. Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. Contractors should know what products are on the market, what rebates and incentives are available for their customers who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components.
Why is There a Problem? (26 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Explore how poor building practices are often contributing factors to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that contractors can apply to improve overall workmanship.
The Building Envelope System (20 minutes)
*Learning Objective: List the four major physical components of the building envelope system, the performance objectives of those components, and the specific mistakes that result in system failure.
1. Building Envelope System
Foundation Construction (28 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Identify and implement proven methods that will effectively divert moisture from the foundation of a structure.
1. Thermal and Moisture Protection
Wall Construction (37 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Determine causes of high humidity in a structure and evaluate wall construction “best practices” to maximize performance.
1. Wall Framing
Roof Construction (24 minutes)
*Learning Objective: List and describe at least three specific installation techniques and/or materials that contribute to a properly constructed roof system.
Window and Door Installation(16 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Demonstrate proper window and door installation techniques that preserve the integrity of the building envelope.
1. Windows, Doors and Skylights
Ventilation System Installation and Requirements (15 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Summarize the key elements (either natural or mechanical) of a properly ventilated structure.
Building Envelope Best Practices (12 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Cite at least four “best practices” and describe how these strategies support an effective envelope design.
1. Moisture Retarding Construction
Consumer Remedies (21 minutes)
*Learning Objective: Correctly identify preventative measures that should be taken by both the consumer and the contractor to reduce disputes surrounding envelope failure.
1. Common Mistakes
Wind Power I (27 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind’s energy. 2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production. 3) Appreciate some of the “Pro vs. Con” debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy.
Wind Power II (29 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the home owner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.
1. Distributed wind power
Solar Energy Use I (35 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use. 2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection. 3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment.
1. Solar Energy: Passive/Active
Solar Energy Use II (50 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand some small business or home owner advantages. 2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy. 3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar.
1. Small Business Systems
Solar Energy Use III (36 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy. 2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States. 3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means.
1. Solar Harvesting
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7 Hour Online Course — Fully Narrated