3 Hour Course — Online Video
3 Hours of Continuing Education — #AIABLTI205
Technological Innovation: Building “Green” Into the Budget
This three 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. 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. However, energy efficient building requirements can be stringent and cost prohibitive. It is a challenge to provide customers with the latest energy efficient systems–all within a budget that homeowners are willing to provide. This course will help industry professionals identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.
After completing this course participants will be able to:
Chapter 1. Heat Transfer and Thermal Imaging (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the impact of energy consumption. 2) Understand energy conservation and generation concepts. 3) Identify types of heat transfer. 4) Describe the uses of thermal imaging cameras and blower door equipment.
I. Energy Consumption
II. Energy Conservation
A. Reduced consumption, emissions
III. Diagnostic Testing
A. Thermal Imaging
Chapter 2. Advanced Framing Techniques (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) What is advanced framing, and what are some of the techniques used? 2) List the uses of insulated headers and energy heel trusses. 3) Understand the benefits of pre-fabricated walls.
I. Advanced Framing Techniques
A. 2 x 6 studs
II. Raised Heel Trusses
A. Full height insulation
III. Double 2 x 4 Walls
A. Thicker insulation
IV. Prefabricated Walls
A. Reduced waste
Chapter 3. Air Barriers (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Apply the benefits of energy efficient building. 2) Describe the purpose of air barriers and what materials are typically used. 3) List the uses of SIPs and ICFs.
I. Design and Implementation of Energy Efficient Design
A. Design phase
II. Air Sealing
A. Finding leaks
III. Airtight Drywall
IV. Prefabricated Walls
A. Reduced waste
Chapter 4. Insulation (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the pros and cons of fiberglass and cellulose insulation material. 2) Describe the proper installation of fiberglass insulation. 3) Apply proper installation of cellulose insulation.
I. Fiberglass Batts
II. Cellulose Insulation
III. Roof Installation
Chapter 5. Foam Insulation/Sheathing (30 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify different types of foam insulation available. 2) Understand the pros and cons of polyisocyanurate and polyurethane spray foam. 3) Demonstrate the many uses of both EPS and XPS insulating sheathing.
I. Spray Foam
A. Urea Formaldehyde
II. Various configurations
A. Open cell, Closed cell
III. Insulating Sheathing
Chapter 6. U-Factor/R-Value (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the uses of and effectiveness of radiant barriers. 2) Identify and define what the National Fenestration Rating Council does. 3) Formulate U-Factor and R-Value conversions. 4) Explore different methods to increase U-Factor.
I. Radiant Barrier Sheathing
II. Window selection
Chapter 7. Lighting/Duct Design (25 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) What are the positives and negatives of incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting? 2) Understand the amount of energy wasted by poor duct design 3) Determine proper duct design and installation.
I. Incandescent Lighting
II. Compact Fluorescent Lighting
III. Light Emitting Diodes
IV. Duct Design
A. Best Practices
Chapter 8. Green Appliances (35 Minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand how to read energy guide labels. 2) Define heat/energy recovery ventilation. 3) Identify sealed combustion appliances. 4) List different types of water heaters. 5) Define and be able to understand what a SEER rating is.
I. Energy Guide Labels
A. What does it all mean?
II. Energy Recovery Ventilation
III. Sealed Combustion Heating Appliances
IV. Water Heaters
A. Standard tank
V. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
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