Energy Efficiency | Kentucky


1 General Credit Hour | Online HD Video Course | Instructor:  Rodger Peck
Improving energy efficiency through green building methods can save money and have less impact on the environment in Kentucky.  Have your clients thanking you every time they get their energy bill with the tips you learn here.

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Course Description

This one hour online video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment.  A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building.  This course will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.

This online course is presented in a video/text format.  Students should review the material, and then answer the lesson quizzes.  Learning objectives directly relate to integrated quizzes. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to move from lesson to lesson, and to receive credit/certification for the course.

Course Outline

Lesson One

Learning Objectives.  1) Realize how much energy is consumed by building construction and building use. 2)  Be aware of the amount of time people spend indoors…and how unhealthy a lack of natural lighting can be. 3)  Recognize the value of “building green”; from both the perspective of the builder and the building owner.

A.  Environmental and Economic Imperatives
B.  Green Building Practices
C.  Cost and Initial Investment

Lesson Two

Learning Objectives.  1) Understand the importance of building placement on the lot.  2) Be aware of various “Brownfield” site clean-up methods.  3) Realize the need for soil erosion control and basic methods. 4) Understand common efficiency and recycling methods for water use and recycling.

A.  Evaluating the Jobsite
B.  Brownfield Remediation Strategies
C.  Natural Ecosystems
D.  Managing Erosion
E.  Water Pollution

Lesson Three

Learning Objectives.  1)  Understand thermal-mass properties and the advantages of using high-thermal-mass materials.  2)  Be aware of available strategies to reduce heating and cooling costs. 3)  Understand the advantages of “Green Power” generation and the difference between wind farms, photovoltaic, geothermal and biomass power plants and potential advantages or disadvantages for both.

A.  Solar Heating and Cooling
B.  Renewable Energy Sources
C.  Geothermal Power

Lesson Four

Learning objectives 1)  Understand financial advantages for solar energy generation.  2)  Be aware of building materials using recycled content.  3)  Understand the importance of construction-site air quality as well as building interior air-quality.  4)  Understand the advantages and process for LEED certification.

A.  Photovoltaic Systems
B.  Recycled Materials
C.  Indoor Air Quality
D.  LEED Rating

Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7104 or send an email to Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

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