Energy, Weatherization and Renewable Resources | Michigan


7 Credit Hours | Online HD Video Course | Instructor:  Rodger Peck
Give yourself an edge in the growing market in Michigan for contractors with knowledge about renewable energy building.  Explore the benefits of solar and wind energy and practical solutions that will add to a buildings efficency.

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Energy, Weatherization and Renewable Resources CE



Course Description
2015 MI Code:
The new code reflects several changes in energy efficiency for the Michigan Energy Code. Generally, the purpose of these changes is to conserve energy through improved efficiency in envelope design, mechanical systems, lighting, and new materials and techniques. It sets the baseline for the building envelope, systems, and equipment.

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.





1. Application
2. Scope and General Requirements
3. Alternative Materials
4. Construction Documents
5. Inspections
6. Definitions
7. Climate Zones and Design Conditions
8. Materials, Systems, and Equipment


1. R401 General
2. R402 Building Thermal Envelope
3. R403 Systems
4. R405 Simulated Performance Alternative
5. General Information

a. Insulation
b. Duct Design
c. Window Selection
d. Lighting


1. C401 General
2. C402 Building Thermal Envelope
3. C403 Building Mechanical Systems
4. C404 Service Water Heating
4. C405 Electrical Power and Lighting Systems
5. C407 Total Building Performance
6. C408 System Commissioning

Weatherization I

Why is There a Problem?

1. Rationale
2. Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims
3. Solutions
4. Experience
5. Contractor Responsibilities
6. Insurance Availability and Affordability

The Building Envelope System

1. Building Envelope System
2. Performance Objectives
3. Physical Components
4. Sources of Moisture Intrusion
5. Results of Failure

Foundation Construction

1. Thermal and Moisture Protection
2. Groundwater
3. Gutters
4. Crawl spaces
5. Damp proofing and Waterproofing
6. Girders and Beams

Weatherization II

Wall Construction

1. Wall Framing
2. Vapor Diffusion Problems
3. Recommendations
4. House Wrap and Underlayment
5. Window and Door Openings
6. Flashing and Caulking
7. Siding

Roof Construction

1. Skylights
2. Moisture Penetration
3. Roof Valleys
4. Shingles and Shakes
5. Roof Sheathing
6. Repairs
7. Flashing

Window and Door Installation

1. Windows, Doors and Skylights
2. Proper Flashing
3. Door and Window Installation


Weatherization III
Ventilation System Installation and Requirements

1. Code
2. Attic Ventilation
3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Building Envelope Best Practices

1. Moisture Retarding Construction
2. Capillary Breaks
3. House Wrap Installation
4. Window and Door Installation
5. Siding Installation
6. Roofing Best Practices

Consumer Remedies

1. Common Mistakes
2. Preventative Measures
3. Warranties
4. Complaints
5. Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Solar Energy Use I

1.  Solar Energy:  Passive/Active
2.  Solar Photo Voltaic

3.  Industry Acronyms and Terms
4.  Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5.  Rebates and Incentives


Solar Energy Use II

1.  Small Business Systems
2.  Residential Use

3.  Solar Pros and Cons
4.  Structural Considerations
5.  Installation and Mounting Considerations


Solar Energy Use III

1.  Solar Harvesting
2.  Solar Power Plants

3.  Industry Acronyms and Terms

Wind Power I

1.  History
2.  Products and Components

3.  Sources of Energy Production
4.  Offshore Production:  Pros and Cons
5.  Onshore Production:  Pros and Cons

Wind Power II

1.  Distributed wind power
2.  Automation and Safety Factors

3.  Grants and Incentives
4.  Residential and Small Business Wind Generation

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