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June 2014 – February 2017

Jun
19
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Small Building Re-Tuning @ Free Webinar
Jun 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Small commercial buildings often lack the sophisticated energy management and control systems found in large buildings, making them difficult to commission, operate and maintain.  Lack of proper operation and maintenance leads to inefficiencies, reduced lifetime of equipment, and, ultimately, higher energy costs.  

Please join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Small Building Retuning training, and how it can benefit you and your business.  Learn how the training will teach you techniques and strategies to maintain building systems, make them more efficient, and target areas for improvement.  Meet our trainers, who will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.

Jun
20
Fri
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Fundamentals of Measurement & Verification @ Free Webinar
Jun 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Friday, June 20, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Interest in M&V related skills as they apply to the built environment continue to grow, by building owners, practitioners, financiers and other stakeholders in the energy efficiency sector. Our Fundamentals of Measurement & Verification training provides an understanding of procedures and workflows for developing and executing M&V plans.

Please join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Fundamentals of M&V training, and how it can benefit you and your business.

Jul
3
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – RESNET Combustion Safety and Work Scope Training @ Free Webinar
Jul 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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All Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st 2014 to maintain their Rater Certification!  Learn more about this requirement, and talk with our trainers, who will be available to answer your questions.
Jul
8
Tue
2014
TREAT Single Family Online Training @ Online
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – Jul 10 @ 11:00 am

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Only 2 hours each day, so it’s easy to fit in your schedule!

Date: July 8th – 10th

Time: 9am-11am each day (online – 6 hours, online, 2hrs/day)

This six-hour training will help you get the most from TREAT, our award-winning energy modeling software.  Even experienced TREAT users will pick up some tips from this course!  In this training, you will:

  • Learn the TREAT essentials you’ll need to become more productive.
  • Learn techniques to streamline the modeling process and complete more models in less time.
  • Create a sample building energy model during the class.
  • Receive homework assignments
  • Receive Test/Quiz at the end

Creating a model of energy usage can be complex!  This training covers the TREAT features, including the Project Wizard, that will help you create TREAT models quickly and efficiently.

Accreditation: 6 BPI CEUs

 

Jul
9
Wed
2014
Introduction to TREAT Multifamily Workshop @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Date: July 9th, 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will walk users through each screen of the TREAT user interface. Core energy modeling concepts will be introduced and discussed.  Participants will learn how to understand how changes made to the model affect the estimated energy consumption.

A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.  Participants are eligible for 2.0 BPI CEUs.

 

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Jul
15
Tue
2014
Small Building Re-Tuning @ Online Webinar
Jul 15 @ 12:30 pm – Jul 17 @ 2:30 pm

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Credits

8 PDHs for this class

Time: Two 3 hour sessions and one 2-hour session delivered  in 1 week; 12:30pm to 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30 to 2:30 pm Thursday

Dates: July 15,16, 17 2014

Course Description

Small commercial building re-tuning training is a systematic process that is used to identify operational problems in buildings without a Building Automation System (“BAS”). Unlike building management is large commercial properties which is primarily data-driven, small commercial building re-tuning is prescriptive and does not rely on trend data collected from the building. Typically, small commercial buildings have packaged units for heating and cooling with simple air distribution, and are controlled by a zone thermostat. The process relies on the aspects of “how to” maintain and sustain building systems, identify problems and areas for improvement, and make a building and its individual systems more energy efficient.

This course is based on the publicly available curriculum developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and will teach you techniques and strategies that can be utilized to maintain building systems, make them more efficient, and target areas for improvement.


Who’s the course for?

This training is for O&M staff (property management companies) and offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or controls vendors) hired to maintain and/or improve the performance of the building systems, as well as energy engineers and auditors.

Jul
16
Wed
2014
Introduction to Energy Modeling with OpenStudio – FREE LIVE Demo (NYSERDA focused) @ Free Webinar
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Join PSD on July 16th, 2014 from 1:00-2:00pm EDT for a FREE LIVE demonstration and introduction to OpenStudio.

PSD is offering this webinar to raise awareness of the suite of tools available with OpenStudio. The webinar will be led by PSD’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chris Balbach.

 

Features that will be covered:

How OpenStudio can be used to support PON 1601 New Construction Program activities

  1. Rapid creation and zoning of a building using the OpenStudio SketchUp plugin
  2. Rapid assignment of components to the building using the Building Component Library, including ASHRAE 90.1-2007 performance standards
  3. Using OpenStudio Measures to modify a building
    1. NREL BCL Measure Library – Public Domain
      • OpenStudio Measures (ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides)
      • EnergyPlus Measures
      • Reporting Period Measures
    2. Customized Measures
  4. Using the Parametric Analysis Tool to design and execute simulation studies, incorporating energy cost savings and LCCA feedback
  5. Viewing output (summary and detailed)
  6. Generating Reports

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach
VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:
PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Jul
22
Tue
2014
Discover New Features in OpenStudio v1.4.0 @ Free Webinar
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Join us for a LIVE demonstration of the most exciting new features in OpenStudio v1.4.0. As a licensed OpenStudio training and support organization, PSD is offering this webinar to raise awareness of the potential power of OpenStudio. The webinar will be led by PSD’s Vice President of Research and Development, Chris Balbach.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Jul
24
Thu
2014
FREE Webinar: Sneak Peek – Large Building Retuning @ Free Webinar
Jul 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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While sophisticated energy management and control systems are used in large commercial buildings to manage heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems and components, many buildings still are not properly commissioned, operated, or maintained. This lack of proper operation and maintenance leads to inefficiencies, reduced lifetime of equipment, and, ultimately, higher energy costs.  

This webinar gives an overview of our Large Building Retuning training, which will teach you how to identify operational problems by leveraging data collected from the building automation system (BAS) and correct those problems at no cost or low-cost.

Our trainer will be available to answer your questions.

 

Aug
1
Fri
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – HERS Rater @
Aug 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Raters are distinctly qualified to conduct HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.  learn how you can expand your business into this growing and lucrative field of home performance.

This webinar will give a brief overview of our HERS Rater training.  The training and testing, including classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Become a rater member of the PSD HERS Rater Provider.

Aug
5
Tue
2014
RESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Training for Raters @ Online
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 11:00 am

Date & Times

  • Optional - July 28, noon to 12:30pm (kickoff)
  • Aug. – 5-7, 9am to 11am (training)
  • Aug. 8 – 9am to noon (CAZ testing)

Accreditation: 7 PDCs

Course Description

All Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st 2014 to maintain their Rater Certification! Raters who are not BPI analyst certified will need an additional 2 hours of field training by the end of 2014 to comply with RESNET standards. This 7 hour online training is conveniently spaced over just 1 week.

All existing Raters must pass both the written and simulation CAZ exams by January 1, 2015, to maintain their Rater certification.

This RESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Training fulfill this requirement.


Register

 

 

Course Objectives

Targeting Health and Safety

  • Ambient Carbon Monoxide per RESNET standards
  • Measurement and protocols
  • Carbon Monoxide in unvented combustion appliances (ovens and ranges)
  • Combustible gas leakage testing

Heating and Cooling Systems

Vented Combustion Appliance Safety Testing

  • Interaction of combustion appliances and makeup air
  • Controlled and uncontrolled makeup air
  • Venting configurations and interaction with the building envelope
  • Depressurization, flame rollout, and backdraft
  • Configuring the home for Worst Case Depressurization testing
  • Measuring and documenting spillage
  • Carbon Monoxide in the venting flue
    • Variations in venting configuration and testing locations (venting & fuel types)
  • Predicting and adjusting for combustion safety problems
    • Correcting depressurization problems per RESNET protocols
    • Workscope recommendations based on CO and spillage testing results
  • Introduction to the RESCAZ training simulator
  • Differences between the BPI and RESNET testing protocols
All online sessions will be recorded for later viewing for our participants convenience.

 

Aug
6
Wed
2014
TREAT Multifamily Mid Rise Workshop @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Date: August 6th, 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will cover high rise modeling using TREAT multifamily software. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.

Topics included:

  • Strategic creation of spaces and surfaces
  • Transformation of HVAC audit data into TREAT inputs
  • Utility Bill upload, analysis and True-up
  • DHW inputs
  • Infiltration
  • Fans
  • Lights
  • Appliances
  • Improvements
  • Packages

To benefit the most from this webinar, participants should have prior experience modeling TREAT software, or have attended the introductory webinar.

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Aug
12
Tue
2014
TREAT Multifamily 16-Hour Online Training @ Online Training
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm

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Dates: August 12-15th
Times: 9am-1pm

Course Description

PSD’s 16-hour comprehensive TREAT training, conveniently delivered through four four-hour live, online webinars, will expose attendees to time efficient modeling procedures and methods. Attendees will learn how to leverage the TREAT modeling software to model and evaluate typical improvement workscopes used by weatherization programs, construct energy models of multifamily buildings from ‘scratch’, and apply templates to streamline the evaluation of standardized improvements.

The course is comprehensive and will cover apartment sampling, energy model calibration, modeling strategies, data entry problem solving, billing analysis, quantifying interactions between systems, predicted energy savings, and calculating SIRs. Students will be given homework assignment each day so that they can practice building TREAT models.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to use the “Multifamily Existing Building Improvement-Driven Modeling Process” for improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings using TREAT
  • Integrate TREAT into the auditing process to improve overall project efficiency and productivity.
  • Build a TREAT model with an appropriate level of detail to generate savings and workscope reports
  • Demonstrate proper use of TREAT’s billing analysis tools to import a building’s actual energy bills and analyze baseline energy signatures and historical energy performance patterns
  • Incorporate ‘non-energy’ benefits (i.e. health and safety measures) into the TREAT model
  • Follow recommended procedure for ‘true-up’ of TREAT model
  • Create and analyze the investment potential of individual ECMs and interacting sets of improvements
  • Produce appropriate TREAT improvements reporting for weatherization projects
  • Use TREAT to determine actual energy savings vs. predicted energy savings

 

Modeling is now a BPI requirement. Upon completion you will be eligible to receive up to 8 continuing education units (CEUs).
Aug
14
Thu
2014
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Aug 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Aug
21
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – ENERGY STAR v3.0 @ Free Webinar
Aug 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.  Learn how you can differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.

This webinar will give a brief overview of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program.  Our trainers will be available to answer your questions.

 

Aug
28
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Small Building Re-Tuning @ Free Webinar
Aug 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Small commercial buildings often lack the sophisticated energy management and control systems found in large buildings, making them difficult to commission, operate and maintain.  Lack of proper operation and maintenance leads to inefficiencies, reduced lifetime of equipment, and, ultimately, higher energy costs.  

Please join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Small Building Retuning training, and how it can benefit you and your business.  Learn how the training will teach you techniques and strategies to maintain building systems, make them more efficient, and target areas for improvement.  Meet our trainers, who will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – HERS Rater @
Sep 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

Raters are distinctly qualified to conduct HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.  learn how you can expand your business into this growing and lucrative field of home performance.

This webinar will give a brief overview of our HERS Rater training.  The training and testing, including classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Become a rater member of the PSD HERS Rater Provider.

Sep
11
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – TREAT Software @ Free Webinar
Sep 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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TREAT is our award-winning energy audit software for comprehensive energy analysis and building modeling.
A winner of the prestigious R&D 100 award, TREAT is the only energy audit software approved by the DOE for all residential housing types – including multifamily. TREAT is market tested, with thousands of users enjoying accurate results for over a decade of supporting whole house energy audits.

Learn how training can help you to get the most from TREAT.  Our trainer will be available to answer your questions.

 

Sep
18
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – ENERGY STAR v3.0 @ Free Webinar
Sep 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.  Learn how you can differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.

This webinar will give a brief overview of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program.  Our trainers will be available to answer your questions.

 

TREAT Multifamily High Rise Workshop @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Date: September 18th, 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

During this two hour webinar participants will create a TREAT model of a high-rise building step by step with the instructor. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.

Topics included:

  • Strategic creation of spaces and surfaces
  • Transformation of HVAC audit data into TREAT inputs
  • Utility Bill upload, analysis and True-up
  • DHW inputs
  • Infiltration
  • Fans
  • Lights
  • Appliances
  • Improvements
  • Packages

To benefit the most from this webinar, participants should have prior experience modeling TREAT software, or have attended the introductory webinar.

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Sep
25
Thu
2014
FREE Webinar: Sneak Peek – Large Building Retuning @ Free Webinar
Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

While sophisticated energy management and control systems are used in large commercial buildings to manage heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems and components, many buildings still are not properly commissioned, operated, or maintained. This lack of proper operation and maintenance leads to inefficiencies, reduced lifetime of equipment, and, ultimately, higher energy costs.  

This webinar gives an overview of our Large Building Retuning training, which will teach you how to identify operational problems by leveraging data collected from the building automation system (BAS) and correct those problems at no cost or low-cost.

Our trainer will be available to answer your questions.

 

Sep
26
Fri
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – RESNET Combustion Safety and Work Scope Training @ Free Webinar
Sep 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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All Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st 2014 to maintain their Rater Certification!  Learn more about this requirement, and talk with our trainers, who will be available to answer your questions.
Sep
29
Mon
2014
HERS Energy Rater Training (RESNET Certification) @ Part Online Training - Part Ithaca, NY Field Training
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm

22 CEUsfor this class

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Date:

  • Sept 29 to Oct 10 (online portion)
  • Oct 27 – Oct 30 (field portion)

Time:

  • 9am to 12pm (online portion)
  • 9am to 5pm (field portion)

Location: Online + Classroom/field portion in Ithaca, NY

Why take this course?

  • Expand your business into the growing field of home performance.
  • Provide certified HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.
  • Work with home builders and architects to design and build energy efficient homes.
  • Consult with homeowners on how to improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and safety.

Who should take this course?

  • Contractors seeking to diversify into home performance. This includes HVAC; home builders; insulation/air sealing; remodeling; windows/doors; siding; plumbing; handyman; renewable energy installers; Indoor air quality; roofing; home automation.
  • BPI Certified professionals seeking to become RESNET certified HERS Raters.
  • Energy Auditors and Home Inspectors seeking the income potential by adding new services.
  • Architectural firms seeing to establish an in-house HERS Rater.
  • Weatherization (WAP) professional
  • Anyone seeking an exciting building performance career or business.

Course description:

Ten 3-hour online sessions spread over 2 weeks + 4 classroom/field days. This training will familiarize participants with the process and science of conducting an energy rating, and prepare you to successfully pass the HERS certification test and perform ratings of newly built houses. The course will examine “the house as a system,” including energy and moisture transfer, the thermal envelope, air leakage problems and solutions, ventilation and indoor air quality, windows, as well as basic energy load calculations, and diagnostic testing using a blower door, infrared thermography, and a duct blaster. Following the class, students will apply for certification with an accredited Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider. The online training, combined with classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of home energy ratings, and communicate these to potential customers.
  • Explain the basics of energy efficient mortgages, energy improvement mortgages, the Energy Star Homes program, and related products to potential customers.
  • Perform infield inspections and diagnostics necessary to produce a home energy rating, including blower door leakage testing and duct leakage testing.
  • Operate rating software and produce required reports.
  • Produce accurate and unbiased home energy ratings, from building plans and from field inspections.
  • Describe the follow-up process required for completion of the rating and loan process.
  • List the goals, services and responsibilities of the national home energy rating system.

Become a rater member of the PSD HERS Rater Provider.

Upon completion of the course you will receive 22 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Oct
8
Wed
2014
TREAT Multifamily Mastery Workshop @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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2 CEUsfor this class

Date: October 8th, 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will cover advanced TREAT modeling using the multifamily version. To attend this webinar, participants must be well versed in the use of multifamily TREAT (e.g. prior attendance to an in-person training, webinar, etc.).

This webinar does not include the full creation of a model, but rather focuses on troublesome aspects of energy modeling, and the specific issues of the attendees. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are required for participation.  Participants are eligible for 2.0 BPI ceus.

These “Advanced TREAT Multifamily Modeling” topics are covered in this 2 hour course:

  • Identify and understand advanced inputs for more flexible modeling
  • Personalize TREAT with custom defaults for faster and more convenient modeling
  • Understanding details of multifamily domestic hot water systems.
  • Generating and understanding reports in TREAT – knowing which reports will help you troubleshoot your model
  • Creating and understanding improvements and packages
  • Understanding best practices for utility data uploads
  • Opportunity to ask advanced modeling questions to understand issues in your current models

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Oct
14
Tue
2014
ENERGY STAR 3.0 Training @ Online
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm

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18 PDCsfor this class

8 CEUsfor this class

ENERGY STAR 3.0

Why Take the Course:

  • Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.
  • Builders of ENERGY STAR homes experience less risk of post sale issues; higher customer satisfaction; and meaningful competitive differentiation.

Course Description:

This 16 hour training will be split up into 4 convenient half day online sessions. Each session will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00pm Eastern. If this schedule does not work with your schedule, please contact us for other possible options.

This training will cover the new requirements of ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program. The training will include an ENERGY STAR v3 Overview, Thermal Enclosure Rater Checklist, HVAC Quality Installation Rater Checklist, Water Management Builder Checklist, and question answer sessions. At the conclusion of the training each participant will take an online test to qualify for the completion certificate.

Materials: All attendees will receive a downloadable manual for:

  • Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Contractor Checklist
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Rater Checklist
  • Water Management System Builder Checklist (or Indoor airPLUS Verification Checklist)

*Raters may optionally purchase a hard copy of the manual for an additional $100, however all material is available in electronic form included with the cost of training.

Trainers: Ethan MacCormick and Emelie Cuppernell (Meet the Trainers)

Upon completion of the course you will receive continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Oct
21
Tue
2014
TREAT Multifamily 16-Hour Online Training @ Online Training
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm

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8 CEUsfor this class

Dates: October 21-24th
Times: 1pm-5pm

Course Description

PSD’s 16-hour comprehensive TREAT training, conveniently delivered through four four-hour live, online webinars, will expose attendees to time efficient modeling procedures and methods. Attendees will learn how to leverage the TREAT modeling software to model and evaluate typical improvement workscopes used by weatherization programs, construct energy models of multifamily buildings from ‘scratch’, and apply templates to streamline the evaluation of standardized improvements.

The course is comprehensive and will cover apartment sampling, energy model calibration, modeling strategies, data entry problem solving, billing analysis, quantifying interactions between systems, predicted energy savings, and calculating SIRs. Students will be given homework assignment each day so that they can practice building TREAT models.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to use the “Multifamily Existing Building Improvement-Driven Modeling Process” for improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings using TREAT
  • Integrate TREAT into the auditing process to improve overall project efficiency and productivity.
  • Build a TREAT model with an appropriate level of detail to generate savings and workscope reports
  • Demonstrate proper use of TREAT’s billing analysis tools to import a building’s actual energy bills and analyze baseline energy signatures and historical energy performance patterns
  • Incorporate ‘non-energy’ benefits (i.e. health and safety measures) into the TREAT model
  • Follow recommended procedure for ‘true-up’ of TREAT model
  • Create and analyze the investment potential of individual ECMs and interacting sets of improvements
  • Produce appropriate TREAT improvements reporting for weatherization projects
  • Use TREAT to determine actual energy savings vs. predicted energy savings

 

Modeling is now a BPI requirement. Upon completion you will be eligible to receive up to 8 continuing education units (CEUs).
Oct
30
Thu
2014
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Fundamentals of Measurement & Verification @ Free Webinar
Oct 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Interest in M&V related skills as they apply to the built environment continue to grow, by building owners, practitioners, financiers and other stakeholders in the energy efficiency sector. Our Fundamentals of Measurement & Verification training provides an understanding of procedures and workflows for developing and executing M&V plans.

Please join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Fundamentals of M&V training, and how it can benefit you and your business.

Nov
4
Tue
2014
RESNET Combustion Safety & Workscope (CAZ) Online Training @ Online
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – Nov 7 @ 11:00 am

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7 PDCsfor this class

3.5 CEUsfor this class

Dates:

  • Oct. 27 – noon to 1pm (training kickoff)
  • Nov 4, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 5, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 6, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 7 (testing)

Course Description

With increased national demand for comprehensive retrofits, the RESNET Board of Directors has made it a requirement that RESNET certified Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work Scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st, 2014, to maintain the Rater Certification. This 7-hour online training designed for Raters who are also BPI certified, is conveniently spaced over just 1 week and will prepare attendees to take and pass the tests.

All existing Raters must pass both the written and simulation CAZ exams by January 1, 2015, to maintain their Rater certification.

This RESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Training fulfill this requirement.

*Raters who are not BPI analyst certified will need an additional 2 hours of field training by the end of 2014 to comply with RESNET standards.*


Course Objectives

Targeting Health and Safety

  • Ambient Carbon Monoxide per RESNET standards
  • Measurement and protocols
  • Carbon Monoxide in unvented combustion appliances (ovens and ranges)
  • Combustible gas leakage testing

Heating and Cooling Systems

Vented Combustion Appliance Safety Testing

  • Interaction of combustion appliances and makeup air
  • Controlled and uncontrolled makeup air
  • Venting configurations and interaction with the building envelope
  • Depressurization, flame rollout, and backdraft
  • Configuring the home for Worst Case Depressurization testing
  • Measuring and documenting spillage
  • Carbon Monoxide in the venting flue
    • Variations in venting configuration and testing locations (venting & fuel types)
  • Predicting and adjusting for combustion safety problems
    • Correcting depressurization problems per RESNET protocols
    • Workscope recommendations based on CO and spillage testing results
  • Introduction to the RESCAZ training simulator
  • Differences between the BPI and RESNET testing protocols
All online sessions will be recorded for later viewing for our participants convenience.

 

Dec
3
Wed
2014
RESNET Combustion Safety & Workscope (CAZ) Online Training @ Online Training
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm

Register

7 PDCsfor this class

3.5 CEUsfor this class

Dates:

  • 24 Nov – noon to 1pm (training kickoff)
  • Dec 3, 9am – 12pm (training)
  • Dec 4, 9am – 12pm (training)
  • Dec 5 (testing)

Course Description

With increased national demand for comprehensive retrofits, the RESNET Board of Directors has made it a requirement that RESNET certified Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work Scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st, 2014, to maintain the Rater Certification. This 7-hour online training designed for Raters who are also BPI certified, is conveniently spaced over just 1 week and will prepare attendees to take and pass the tests.

All existing Raters must pass both the written and simulation CAZ exams by January 1, 2015, to maintain their Rater certification.

This RESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Training fulfill this requirement.

*Raters who are not BPI analyst certified will need an additional 2 hours of field training by the end of 2014 to comply with RESNET standards.*


Course Objectives

Targeting Health and Safety

  • Ambient Carbon Monoxide per RESNET standards
  • Measurement and protocols
  • Carbon Monoxide in unvented combustion appliances (ovens and ranges)
  • Combustible gas leakage testing

Heating and Cooling Systems

Vented Combustion Appliance Safety Testing

  • Interaction of combustion appliances and makeup air
  • Controlled and uncontrolled makeup air
  • Venting configurations and interaction with the building envelope
  • Depressurization, flame rollout, and backdraft
  • Configuring the home for Worst Case Depressurization testing
  • Measuring and documenting spillage
  • Carbon Monoxide in the venting flue
    • Variations in venting configuration and testing locations (venting & fuel types)
  • Predicting and adjusting for combustion safety problems
    • Correcting depressurization problems per RESNET protocols
    • Workscope recommendations based on CO and spillage testing results
  • Introduction to the RESCAZ training simulator
  • Differences between the BPI and RESNET testing protocols
All online sessions will be recorded for later viewing for our participants convenience.

 

Jan
15
Thu
2015
Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Jan 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Jan
29
Thu
2015
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Why Become a HERS Rater @
Jan 29 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

Raters are distinctly qualified to conduct HERS ratings and provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.

This webinar will give a brief overview of our HERS Rater training. The training and testing, which includes both classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

This webinar is free, and our trainers will be available to answer your questions. Please register in advance and we will send you a link.

Become a rater member of the PSD HERS Rater Provider.

Feb
12
Thu
2015
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – TREAT Software @ Free Webinar
Feb 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

TREAT is our award-winning energy audit software for comprehensive energy analysis and building modeling.
A winner of the prestigious R&D 100 award, TREAT is the only energy audit software approved by the DOE for all residential housing types – including multifamily. TREAT is market tested, with thousands of users enjoying accurate results for over a decade of supporting whole house energy audits.

Learn how training can help you to get the most from TREAT.  Our trainer will be available to answer your questions.

The webinar is free. Please register in advance and we will send you a link.

Feb
18
Wed
2015
Introduction to TREAT Multifamily Workshop (2 CEU) @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

2 CEUsfor this class

Date: February 18th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will walk users through each screen of the TREAT user interface. Core energy modeling concepts will be introduced and discussed.  Participants will learn how to understand how changes made to the model affect the estimated energy consumption.

A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.  Participants are eligible for 2.0 BPI CEUs.

 

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Feb
23
Mon
2015
TREAT Multifamily Comprehensive Workshop (16-hour Online 8 CEU) @ Online Training
Feb 23 @ 12:30 pm – Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm

Register

8 CEUsfor this class

Dates: February 23-26th
Times: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Course Description

PSD’s 16-hour comprehensive TREAT training, conveniently delivered through four four-hour live, online webinars, will expose attendees to time efficient modeling procedures and methods. Attendees will learn how to leverage the TREAT modeling software to model and evaluate typical improvement workscopes used by weatherization programs, construct energy models of multifamily buildings from ‘scratch’, and apply templates to streamline the evaluation of standardized improvements.

The course is comprehensive and will cover apartment sampling, energy model calibration, modeling strategies, data entry problem solving, billing analysis, quantifying interactions between systems, predicted energy savings, and calculating SIRs. Students will be given homework assignment each day so that they can practice building TREAT models.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to use the “Multifamily Existing Building Improvement-Driven Modeling Process” for improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings using TREAT
  • Integrate TREAT into the auditing process to improve overall project efficiency and productivity.
  • Build a TREAT model with an appropriate level of detail to generate savings and workscope reports
  • Demonstrate proper use of TREAT’s billing analysis tools to import a building’s actual energy bills and analyze baseline energy signatures and historical energy performance patterns
  • Incorporate ‘non-energy’ benefits (i.e. health and safety measures) into the TREAT model
  • Follow recommended procedure for ‘true-up’ of TREAT model
  • Create and analyze the investment potential of individual ECMs and interacting sets of improvements
  • Produce appropriate TREAT improvements reporting for weatherization projects
  • Use TREAT to determine actual energy savings vs. predicted energy savings

 

Modeling is now a BPI requirement. Upon completion you will be eligible to receive up to 8 continuing education units (CEUs).
Mar
2
Mon
2015
HERS Energy Rater Training (RESNET Certification 22 CEU) @ Part Online Training - Part NY Field Training
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm

Register

22 CEUsfor this class

Date:

  • March 2-6 and March 9-13 (online portion)
  • March 24-27 (field portion)

Time:

  • 9am to 12pm (online portion)
  • 9am to 5pm (field portion)

Location: Online + field portion in a TBD location in Central New York

Why take this course?

  • Expand your business into the growing field of home performance.
  • Provide certified HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR and LEED.
  • Work with home builders and architects to design and build energy efficient homes.
  • Consult with homeowners on how to improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and safety.

Who should take this course?

  • Contractors seeking to diversify into home performance. This includes HVAC; home builders; insulation/air sealing; remodeling; windows/doors; siding; plumbing; handyman; renewable energy installers; Indoor air quality; roofing; home automation.
  • BPI Certified professionals seeking to become RESNET certified HERS Raters.
  • Energy Auditors and Home Inspectors seeking the income potential by adding new services.
  • Architectural firms seeing to establish an in-house HERS Rater.
  • Weatherization (WAP) professional
  • Anyone seeking an exciting building performance career or business.

Course description:

Ten 3-hour online sessions spread over 2 weeks + 4 classroom/field days. This training will familiarize participants with the process and science of conducting an energy rating, and prepare you to successfully pass the HERS certification test and perform ratings of newly built houses. The course will examine “the house as a system,” including energy and moisture transfer, the thermal envelope, air leakage problems and solutions, ventilation and indoor air quality, windows, as well as basic energy load calculations, and diagnostic testing using a blower door, infrared thermography, and a duct blaster. Following the class, students will apply for certification with an accredited Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider. The online training, combined with classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of home energy ratings, and communicate these to potential customers.
  • Explain the basics of energy efficient mortgages, energy improvement mortgages, the Energy Star Homes program, and related products to potential customers.
  • Perform infield inspections and diagnostics necessary to produce a home energy rating, including blower door leakage testing and duct leakage testing.
  • Operate rating software and produce required reports.
  • Produce accurate and unbiased home energy ratings, from building plans and from field inspections.
  • Describe the follow-up process required for completion of the rating and loan process.
  • List the goals, services and responsibilities of the national home energy rating system.

Become a rater member of the PSD HERS Rater Provider.

Upon completion of the course you will receive 22 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Mar
18
Wed
2015
TREAT Multifamily Mastery Workshop (2 CEU) @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

2 CEUsfor this class

Date: March 18th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will cover advanced TREAT modeling using the multifamily version. To attend this webinar, participants must be well versed in the use of multifamily TREAT (e.g. prior attendance to an in-person training, webinar, etc.).

This webinar does not include the full creation of a model, but rather focuses on troublesome aspects of energy modeling, and the specific issues of the attendees. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are required for participation.  Participants are eligible for 2.0 BPI ceus.

These “Advanced TREAT Multifamily Modeling” topics are covered in this 2 hour course:

  • Identify and understand advanced inputs for more flexible modeling
  • Personalize TREAT with custom defaults for faster and more convenient modeling
  • Understanding details of multifamily domestic hot water systems.
  • Generating and understanding reports in TREAT – knowing which reports will help you troubleshoot your model
  • Creating and understanding improvements and packages
  • Understanding best practices for utility data uploads
  • Opportunity to ask advanced modeling questions to understand issues in your current models

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Apr
8
Wed
2015
TREAT Multifamily Mid Rise Workshop (2 CEU) @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

2 CEUsfor this class

Date: April 8th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will cover high rise modeling using TREAT multifamily software. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.

Topics included:

  • Strategic creation of spaces and surfaces
  • Transformation of HVAC audit data into TREAT inputs
  • Utility Bill upload, analysis and True-up
  • DHW inputs
  • Infiltration
  • Fans
  • Lights
  • Appliances
  • Improvements
  • Packages

To benefit the most from this webinar, participants should have prior experience modeling TREAT software, or have attended the introductory webinar.

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Apr
16
Thu
2015
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – ENERGY STAR v3.0 @ Free Webinar
Apr 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.  Learn how you can differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.

This webinar will give a brief overview of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program.  Our trainers will be available to answer your questions.

 

Apr
20
Mon
2015
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • April 20-23, 2015 (1-5pm)

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Apr
30
Thu
2015
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Building Re-Tuning @ Free Webinar
Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Much of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted because of improper operations. Many buildings are not properly commissioned, operated, or maintained, which leads to inefficient operation and reduced lifetimes of equipment.

This course is based on the publicly available curriculum developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and will teach you techniques and strategies that can be utilized to maintain building systems, make them more efficient, and target areas for improvement.

Sneak Peek – Open Studio @ Free Webinar
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Register

NREL’s OpenStudio platform for EnergyPlus is changing the way building professionals approach energy modeling. Join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Open Studio Training, and how it can benefit you and your business. Our instructor, Chris Balbach,  will lead the webinar and will answer any questions you may have about the training.

About the Trainer

Chris Balbach

VP of Research and Development
Performance Systems Development

Chris has over 15 years of experience using energy modeling and analysis software to analyze the investment potential of existing buildings, with a focus on energy efficiency, building durability, and occupant health and safety. He is an active member of the IBPSA-USA Board of Directors, chairs the AEE BESA (Building Energy Simulation Analyst) certification board, and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SPC 211 (Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits).

Certifications:

PE, CEM, CVMP, BESA

Jun
10
Wed
2015
TREAT Multifamily High Rise Workshop (2 CEU) @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

2 CEUsfor this class

Date: June 10th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

During this two hour webinar participants will create a TREAT model of a high-rise building step by step with the instructor. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.

Topics included:

  • Strategic creation of spaces and surfaces
  • Transformation of HVAC audit data into TREAT inputs
  • Utility Bill upload, analysis and True-up
  • DHW inputs
  • Infiltration
  • Fans
  • Lights
  • Appliances
  • Improvements
  • Packages

To benefit the most from this webinar, participants should have prior experience modeling TREAT software, or have attended the introductory webinar.

 

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Aug
6
Thu
2015
Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Why Become a HERS Rater @
Aug 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Register

Raters are distinctly qualified to conduct HERS ratings and provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.

This webinar will give a brief overview of our HERS Rater training. The training and testing, which includes both classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

This webinar is free, and our trainers will be available to answer your questions. Please register in advance and we will send you a link.

Become a rater member of the PSD HERS Rater Provider.

Aug
25
Tue
2015
TREAT Multifamily Mastery Workshop (2 CEU) @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

2 CEUsfor this class

Date: August 12th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will cover advanced TREAT modeling using the multifamily version. To attend this webinar, participants must be well versed in the use of multifamily TREAT (e.g. prior attendance to an in-person training, webinar, etc.).

This webinar does not include the full creation of a model, but rather focuses on troublesome aspects of energy modeling, and the specific issues of the attendees. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are required for participation.  Participants are eligible for 2.0 BPI ceus.

These “Advanced TREAT Multifamily Modeling” topics are covered in this 2 hour course:

  • Identify and understand advanced inputs for more flexible modeling
  • Personalize TREAT with custom defaults for faster and more convenient modeling
  • Understanding details of multifamily domestic hot water systems.
  • Generating and understanding reports in TREAT – knowing which reports will help you troubleshoot your model
  • Creating and understanding improvements and packages
  • Understanding best practices for utility data uploads
  • Opportunity to ask advanced modeling questions to understand issues in your current models

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Sep
15
Tue
2015
TREAT Multifamily Comprehensive Workshop (16-hour Online 8 CEU) @ Online Training
Sep 15 @ 12:30 pm – Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm

Register

8 CEUsfor this class

Dates & Times: September 15-18th, 2015

  • Tuesday Sept. 15th (12:30-4:30pm)
  • Wednesday Sept. 16th (1:30-5:30pm)
  • Thursday Sept. 17th (12:00-4:00pm)
  • Friday Sept. 18th (11:30-3:30pm)

Course Description

PSD’s 16-hour comprehensive TREAT training, conveniently delivered through four four-hour live, online webinars, will expose attendees to time efficient modeling procedures and methods. Attendees will learn how to leverage the TREAT modeling software to model and evaluate typical improvement workscopes used by weatherization programs, construct energy models of multifamily buildings from ‘scratch’, and apply templates to streamline the evaluation of standardized improvements.

The course is comprehensive and will cover apartment sampling, energy model calibration, modeling strategies, data entry problem solving, billing analysis, quantifying interactions between systems, predicted energy savings, and calculating SIRs. Students will be given homework assignment each day so that they can practice building TREAT models.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to use the “Multifamily Existing Building Improvement-Driven Modeling Process” for improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings using TREAT
  • Integrate TREAT into the auditing process to improve overall project efficiency and productivity.
  • Build a TREAT model with an appropriate level of detail to generate savings and workscope reports
  • Demonstrate proper use of TREAT’s billing analysis tools to import a building’s actual energy bills and analyze baseline energy signatures and historical energy performance patterns
  • Incorporate ‘non-energy’ benefits (i.e. health and safety measures) into the TREAT model
  • Follow recommended procedure for ‘true-up’ of TREAT model
  • Create and analyze the investment potential of individual ECMs and interacting sets of improvements
  • Produce appropriate TREAT improvements reporting for weatherization projects
  • Use TREAT to determine actual energy savings vs. predicted energy savings
Modeling is now a BPI requirement. Upon completion you will be eligible to receive up to 8 continuing education units (CEUs).
Sep
28
Mon
2015
HERS Energy Rater Training (RESNET Certification 22 CEU) @ Part Online Training - Part NY Field Training
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm

Register

22 CEUsfor this class

Date:

  • Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 – 9 (online portion)
  • Oct. 27-30 (field portion)

Time:

  • 9am to 12pm (online portion)
  • 9am to 5pm (field portion)

Location: Online + field portion in a TBD location in Central New York

Why take this course?

  • Expand your business into the growing field of home performance.
  • Provide certified HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR and LEED.
  • Work with home builders and architects to design and build energy efficient homes.
  • Consult with homeowners on how to improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and safety.

Who should take this course?

  • Contractors seeking to diversify into home performance. This includes HVAC; home builders; insulation/air sealing; remodeling; windows/doors; siding; plumbing; handyman; renewable energy installers; Indoor air quality; roofing; home automation.
  • BPI Certified professionals seeking to become RESNET certified HERS Raters.
  • Energy Auditors and Home Inspectors seeking the income potential by adding new services.
  • Architectural firms seeing to establish an in-house HERS Rater.
  • Weatherization (WAP) professional
  • Anyone seeking an exciting building performance career or business.

Course description:

Ten 3-hour online sessions spread over 2 weeks + 4 classroom/field days. This training will familiarize participants with the process and science of conducting an energy rating, and prepare you to successfully pass the HERS certification test and perform ratings of newly built houses. The course will examine “the house as a system,” including energy and moisture transfer, the thermal envelope, air leakage problems and solutions, ventilation and indoor air quality, windows, as well as basic energy load calculations, and diagnostic testing using a blower door, infrared thermography, and a duct blaster. Following the class, students will apply for certification with an accredited Home Energy Rating System (HERS) provider. The online training, combined with classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of home energy ratings, and communicate these to potential customers.
  • Explain the basics of energy efficient mortgages, energy improvement mortgages, the Energy Star Homes program, and related products to potential customers.
  • Perform infield inspections and diagnostics necessary to produce a home energy rating, including blower door leakage testing and duct leakage testing.
  • Operate rating software and produce required reports.
  • Produce accurate and unbiased home energy ratings, from building plans and from field inspections.
  • Describe the follow-up process required for completion of the rating and loan process.
  • List the goals, services and responsibilities of the national home energy rating system.
Upon completion of the course you will receive 22 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Oct
27
Tue
2015
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • October 27-30, 2015 (1-5pm)

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Oct
29
Thu
2015
Introduction to TREAT Multifamily Workshop (2 CEU) @ Online Training - TREAT Masters Workshop
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

2 CEUsfor this class

Date: October 21st, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

This two-hour webinar will walk users through each screen of the TREAT user interface. Core energy modeling concepts will be introduced and discussed.  Participants will learn how to understand how changes made to the model affect the estimated energy consumption.

A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.  Participants are eligible for 2.0 BPI CEUs.

 

 

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).

 

Dec
8
Tue
2015
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm

Register

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • December 8-11, 2015 (1-5pm)

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Dec
10
Thu
2015
New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Residential Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ Clifton Park - Half-moon Library - Near Albany, NY
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 10th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

Dec
15
Tue
2015
New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Commercial Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ CLEAResult - Brooklyn, NY
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

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Date: December 15th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

Dec
18
Fri
2015
New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Residential Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ Environmental Education Associates - Buffalo, NY
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 18th, 2015: 9-11am (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

New NYS Energy Code Training – The Role of Commercial Energy Specialists (2 LU/HSW) @ Environmental Education Associates - Buffalo, NY
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits: IBTS is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEUs for this program. AIA has approved 2.0 LU/HSW units for this program.

Register

Date: December 18th, 2015: 1-3pm (EST)

Price: FREE

The New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (“Energy Code”) will be updated in accordance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code in 2016. This new Energy Code will be more complex and present new challenges for the building design construction and enforcement industry.

NYSERDA has partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to deliver live training over the next two years focused on the role of “energy specialists” and how they can support builders, designers and code enforcement officials and their value in performing a more significant role in Energy Code compliance and enforcement.

This session is an interactive, two-hour course designed for engineering and design professionals, code enforcement officials and members of the building community.

Course objectives include:

  • Inform on the upcoming Energy Code requirements that mandate or permit using energy specialists
  • Introduce the most common energy specialists, their skills and capabilities
  • Discuss the value of energy specialists in Energy Code compliance and enforcement
  • Identify how and where energy specialists fit into construction, design and enforcement processes
  • Gather feedback from audiences on building a viable energy specialist infrastructure

 

Mar
21
Mon
2016
OpenStudio Measure Development 4-day Training (Online 16-hours) @ Online
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm

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Date and Times:

  • March 21-24, 2016 (1-5pm EST)

Course Description

This advanced course focuses on using Ruby to code new OpenStudio measures and is designed for users already familiar with OpenStudio. Having taken our introduction to OpenStudio course is recommended. If you have not taken this course we may contact you to confirm your basic proficiency with OpenStudio. This class focuses on advanced use of the OpenStudio toolset.

This is an advanced course and requires familiarity with the basics of OpenStudio.

Course Overview

  1. A brief introduction about coding & ruby language.
  2. Introduction of OpenStudio’s API (application program interface)
  3. Openstudio’s object & how to integrate them with API
  4. Access to building component library from NREL.
  5. Introduction to written measures.
  6. Demonstration of OpenStudio scripting.
  7. Deep interrogation of ruby language for OS measure writing which includes introduction of ruby objects & scripts.
May
24
Tue
2016
Sold Out – Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling 4-day Training (Online 14 PDH) @ Online - Sold Out
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – May 27 @ 5:00 pm

Register – Sold Out

Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Sold Out

Date and Times:

  • May 24-27, 2016 (1-5pm EST)
  • Optional 2- hour SketchUp Training Available May 23 for an addition $150. Many past students have asked to have this option added. Hosted from 1 to 3 pm EST.

Course Description

This 4-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Jul
28
Thu
2016
Introduction to OpenStudio for New Construction Modeling (Online 14 PDH) @ Online
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

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Credits

14 PDHs for this class

Date and Times:

  • July 28,29 and August 1,2,3 2016 (1-5pm EST)
  • July 27 – Optional SketchUp Training for an additional $150 (1-3pm EST)

Course Description

This 5-day online training course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.

 


Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies
Dec
13
Tue
2016
Introduction to the Building Energy Asset Score Tool @ Online Training
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Learning Objective: Students will be introduced to the Commercial Building Asset Score Tool and develop an understanding of the basics for navigating within the tool and gain insight into some best practices for using the tool, leveraging the community of users, and getting help with models.

  • Welcome and introduction to speaker (5 minutes)
  • Brief technical overview of the tool. (15 minutes)
    • Difference between AS and PM
    • Point to a technical review resource
  • Quickly generate an asset score full rating and review report. (20 minutes)
  • Review of available help resources and forum (10 minutes)
  • Comments, Questions, and Concerns (10 minutes)

This is part one of a two part training. The next training offered will be called Advanced Asset Score Modeling. To visit the DOE Building Energy Asset Score website go to: http://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-energy-asset-score

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Feb
6
Mon
2017
Introduction to the Building Energy Asset Score (FREE) @ Online
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register FREE

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Learning Objective:

Learning Objectives: Students will be introduced to the Building Energy Asset Score. In the Introductory webinar, students are guided through the Asset Score interface as part of creating a new building. They will develop an understanding of the basics for navigating within the tool and gain insight into some best practices for using the tool. Students will be made aware of other educational opportunities such as the video training curriculum, the community of users in the user forum, and getting help with models through the help desk. To visit the Building Energy Asset Score website go to: http://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-energy-asset-score

Feb
7
Tue
2017
TREAT Single Family Online Training @ Online
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm

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Only 4 hours over 2 days, so it’s easy to fit in your schedule!

Time: 1pm to 5pm each day

Price: $200

Interested in reducing your modeling effort? TREAT Single Family training is perfect for new and current TREAT users. We’ll teach you the best practices needed to streamline your modeling time. Reducing data input effort, calibrating your models, and ensuring that your projects are accurate and show savings!

This eight-hour training will help you get the most from TREAT, our award-winning energy modeling software.  The course focuses predominately on using TREAT for single family residential projects. We will cover a bit of Multifamily modeling towards the end of day 2!

  • Learn techniques to streamline the modeling process and complete more models in less time.
  • Learn the TREAT essentials you’ll need to become more productive.
    • Utilizing smart defaults and preferences to reduce your modeling effort!
  • Create a sample building energy model during the class.
  • Learn more about some of the latest features available in TREAT 3.5!

Creating a model of energy usage can be complex!  This training covers the TREAT features, including the Project Wizard, that will help you create TREAT models quickly and efficiently.

Accreditation: 6 BPI CEUs