In 2019, NYSERDA selected PSD to deliver energy code training for a variety of residential and commercial building industry stakeholders across New York. Training covering a wide variety of topics will be offered regularly between now and 2022. All programs are based on the 2020 ECCCNYS and 2020 NYCECC, which went into effect on May 12, 2020.

Please contact Jim Pisani for questions or training assistance at (215) 360-6803 or  jpisani@psdconsulting.com.

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Overview

  • Intended audiences:  design professionals, code enforcement officials, homebuilders, design-build firms, and energy professionals.
  • Format: Currently, all trainings are being offered as remote trainings consisting of two 90-minute webinars. Webinars may be taken individually, although attendance in both is recommended.
  • Cost: Free for New York code enforcement officials. All others $15 per 90-minute webinar.

Continuing Education*

  • Architects: 1.5 AIA LU | HSW
  • Code Enforcement Officials: 1.5 NYS DOS In-Service Hours
*To receive credit, all participants must be in attendance within the first 15 minutes of the training and stay until the end of the webinar.

UPCOMING TRAININGS

Trainings Week of May 17th

**Trainings fill up fast and are automatically removed from the registration page when they sell out. All trainings are offered frequently, so please be sure to check the drop down menu for future dates.
Tuesday May 18, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(R1.1) ECCCNYS Residential Enforcement (Part 1): Plan Review in 15 Minutes or Less 
Tuesday May 18, 2021 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(R1.2) ECCCNYS Residential Enforcement (Part 2): Inspection in 15 Minutes or Less
Wednesday May 19, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(R2.1) ECCCNYS Residential Envelope (Part 1): Air Sealing to 3 ACH50
Wednesday May 19, 2021 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(R2.2) ECCCNYS Residential Envelope (Part 2): Other Requirements
Thursday May 20, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(R3.1) ECCCNYS Residential Systems (Part 1): Whole-house Mechanical Ventilation
Thursday May 20, 2021 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(R3.2) ECCCNYS Residential Systems (Part 2): Forced Air Distribution

Trainings Week of May 24th

**Trainings fill up fast and are automatically removed from the registration page when they sell out. All trainings are offered frequently, so please be sure to check the drop down menu for future dates.
Tuesday May 25, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(C1.1) Mechanical Systems for Large Commercial Buildings (Part 1)
Tuesday May 25, 2021 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(C1.2) Lighting Systems for Large Commercial Buildings (Part 2)
Wednesday May 26, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(C2.1) Prioritizing ECCCNYS Enforcement for Commercial Buildings (Part 1) 
Wednesday May 26, 2021 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(C2.2) Prioritizing ECCCNYS Enforcement for Commercial Buildings (Part 2)
Stretch Code Courses
Thursday May 27, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(S2.1) NYStretch Energy Code for Residential Buildings 90 minute (Pt 1) 
Thursday May 27, 2021 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(S2.2) NYStretch Energy Code for Residential Buildings 90 minute (Pt 2)  

Course Descriptions

Residential

(R1.1) ECCCNYS Residential Enforcement (Pt 1): Plan Review in 15 Minutes or Less 

T02-07-2829

Countless previous research shows that code officials have very limited time to perform thorough plan reviews and that energy code provisions are often the first items to be jettisoned. This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series, and will not only help code officials, but also those responsible for preparing construction documents. Participants will understand what’s required to do quick – yet thorough – document submittals and plan reviews. Sample checklists, worksheets and other forms will be discussed and downloadable.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe a process for reviewing residential plans that includes assessing the highest impact energy code provisions
  • Understand the inputs to provided forms and checklists such as duct and envelope testing verification and HVAC design forms and integrate them into your organization’s normal compliance documentation or enforcement processes
  • Recreate a timeline that includes which construction details and verification forms needed to be provided/collected
  • Describe how third-party energy professionals such as duct and envelope testers and HERS Raters fit into the inspection process

(R1.2) ECCCNYS Residential Enforcement (Pt 2): Inspection in 15 Minutes or Less

T02-07-2863

Countless previous research shows that code officials have very limited time to perform thorough energy code inspections. This 90-minute webinar will cover the five required inspections: footing and foundation; Framing and rough-in; Plumbing, Mechanical and Final. Part 2 of a two-part series, this course will not only help code officials but also those responsible for designing and constructing residential buildings. Participants will understand what’s required to do quick – yet thorough – site inspections. Sample inspection checklists, worksheets and other forms will be discussed and downloadable.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe a process for inspecting residential construction that includes assessing the highest impact energy code provisions
  • Understand the inputs to provided forms and checklists such as duct and envelope testing verification and HVAC design forms and integrate them into your organization’s normal compliance documentation or enforcement processes
  • Recreate a timeline that includes which construction details and verification forms need to be provided/collected and when in the design/construction process
  • Describe how third-party energy professionals such as duct and envelope testers and HERS Raters fit into the inspection process

(R2.1) ECCCNYS Residential Envelope (Pt 1): Air Sealing to 3 ACH50

T02-07-2843

Relevant market research, including the DOE Residential Field Study, revealed significant noncompliance with 3 ACH50, and multiple other field studies in nearby geographies and uncovered lack of proper insulation installation. This webinar training covers air sealing, air barriers, blower-door testing, identification of potential leakage sites in CAD details, 3D graphics, and photographs, for single family residential including other issues, such as party walls, in low-rise multifamily. This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series on energy code envelope requirements. Both webinars include test-your-knowledge questions, and guided discussion of pros/cons of various strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to review, install, and inspect details necessary to achieve an envelope leakage rate of 3 ACH50 or less
  • Differentiate between several air sealing techniques
  • Identify and resolve common leakage areas like window and door penetrations, attic knee walls, recessed lighting trim kits, townhouse party walls, garage floor separation, behind tubs, showers, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing penetrations
  • Understand code requirements for air sealing from the 2020 ECCCNYS Table 402.4.1.1 Air Barrier and Insulation Installation.

(R2.2) ECCCNYS Residential Envelope (Pt 2): Other Requirements

T02-07-2849

Relevant market research, including the DOE Residential Field Study, revealed significant noncompliance with 3 ACH50, and multiple other field studies in nearby geographies uncovered lack of proper insulation installation. This webinar training covers energy code insulation installation requirements, and includes mock-ups, identification and potential problem sites in CAD details, 3D graphics, and photographs for single family residential and other issues, such as party walls in low-rise multifamily. This webinar is Part 2 of a two-part series and includes test-your-knowledge questions, and guided discussion of pros/cons of various strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to review, install, and inspect details necessary to achieve envelope insulation requirements
  • Differentiate between several insulation techniques
  • Identify and resolve common problem areas such as cold corners
  • Understand code requirements for insulation installation from the 2020 ECCCNYS Table 402.4.1.1 Air Barrier and Insulation Installation

(R3.1) ECCCNYS Residential Systems (Pt 1): Whole-house Mechanical Ventilation

T02-07-2857

There has been a high interest in northeast states for education on the code requirements for whole-house mechanical ventilation. In this course attendees will understand the building science behind this important code requirement and be able define various methods of achieving compliance. In addition, attendees will learn how to determine the minimum required ventilation rate based on house specifications and choose a system that meets the ventilation rates and fan efficacy requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of tight construction combined with mechanical ventilation
  • Determine the minimum required ventilation rate for a specific home and identify and resolve common installation problems
  • Describe the differences and pros and cons of several mechanical ventilation strategies
  • Determine fan efficacy requirements on a system design

(R3.2) ECCCNYS Residential Systems (Pt 2): Forced Air Distribution

T02-07-2862

In this course attendees will understand the importance of duct testing, sealing, and installation on the total performance of a house heating and cooling system. Attendees will be able to distinguish various code requirements based on duct proximity to the building thermal envelope. In addition, attendees will learn duct insulation requirements and methods. Attendees will be introduced to a customizable Duct and Envelope Testing (DET) reporting form to make demonstrating code compliance straightforward and efficient.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the consequences of leaky duct systems
  • Understand how to achieve tight ducts
  • Identify and resolve other common duct installation problems
  • Utilize the provided duct and envelope testing (DET) form to document or verify compliance with duct testing requirements

Commercial

(C1.1) Mechanical Systems for Large Commercial Buildings (Part 1)

T02-07-2910

Large commercial buildings are common in large urban areas, and while less common in suburban and rural areas, they have large per-building energy impacts. This program will prepare design professionals and code enforcement officials ensure their work results in buildings with better-than-average energy use intensities.
Attendees will be asked to pinpoint the locations in construction documents where various mechanical controls and equipment specifications are (or should be). Guided discussions will help attendees identify the best ways to provide adequate documentation on plans and inspect or elucidate control configurations in the field.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the types and basic functions of common and complex HVAC systems
  • Identify where ventilation and related equipment are required including economizers, demand-controlled ventilation, and energy recovery ventilation
  • Understand fan power limitation calculations and how to determine if systems meet code limits
  • Know when commissioning is required and identify what is needed to show compliance

(C1.2) Lighting Systems for Large Commercial Buildings (Part 2)

T02-07-2908

Large commercial buildings are common in large urban areas, and while less common in suburban and rural areas, they have large per-building energy impacts. This program will prepare design professionals and code enforcement officials ensure their work results in buildings with better-than-average energy use intensities.
Attendees will be asked to pinpoint the locations in construction documents where various lighting controls and equipment specifications are (or should be). Attendees will understand lighting power code requirements for both interior and exterior applications. Guided discussions will help attendees identify the best ways to provide adequate documentation on plans and inspect or elucidate control configurations in the field.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the 2020 ECCCNYS code requirements for commercial lighting systems
  • Understand lighting power density calculations and how to determine if building and space types meet code limits
  • Understand how to do calculate exterior lighting power allowances
  • How to provide evidence of lighting functional testing

 

(C2.1) Prioritizing ECCCNYS Enforcement for Commercial Buildings (Pt 1) Envelope

T02-07-2940

In a robust study of commercial buildings, 21% of the energy code provisions investigated were responsible for 81% of the potential savings.  This created a framework for prioritizing energy code enforcement efforts based on the time it takes to verify a code provision versus the energy savings potential.  With code enforcement officials being strapped for time and having other life-health safety priorities, this course, Part 1 of a two-part series, covering high-impact commercial envelope requirements, will help them prioritize efforts, improve compliance, and maximize the realization of savings inherent in the energy code.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify energy code envelope requirements with the greatest energy impacts and prioritize energy code documentation
  • Describe a process for creating and reviewing plans that includes documenting and assessing the highest impact energy code provisions related to envelope
  • Understand how to integrate provided construction details verification forms and checklists into normal compliance documentation or enforcement processes
  • Identify permit application specifications that enable a simplified plan review process as well as a process for providing or collecting verification forms

 

(C2.2) Prioritizing ECCCNYS Enforcement for Commercial Buildings (Part 2)

T02-07-2947

In a robust study of commercial buildings, 21% of the energy code provisions investigated were responsible for 81% of the potential savings. This created a framework for prioritizing energy code enforcement efforts based on the time it takes to verify a code provision versus the energy savings potential. With code enforcement officials being strapped for time and having other life-health safety priorities, this course, Part 2 of a two-part series, covering high-impact commercial mechanical and lighting requirements, will help them prioritize efforts, improve compliance, and maximize the realization of savings inherent in the energy code.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the energy code requirements with the greatest energy impacts and prioritize energy code documentation
  • Describe a process for creating and reviewing plans that includes documenting and assessing the highest impact energy code provisions
  • Understand how to integrate provided construction details verification forms and checklists into normal compliance documentation or enforcement processes
  • Identify permit application specifications that enable a simplified plan review process as well as a process for providing or collecting verification forms

Stretch

S2.1 NYStretch Energy Code for Residential Buildings 90 minute (Pt 1) 

T02- 07-2977

This course is Part 1 of a two-part series covering the envelope requirements for residential buildings in the NYStretch Code.  We also discuss the intention and benefits of this voluntary code and its relationship to the New York City energy code. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the intent and savings potential of the residential provisions of NYStretch
  2. Identify all available energy code compliance pathways under NYStretch(or NYCECC)  
  3. Identify differences between NYStretch(or NYCECC) and the base code 
  4. 4.Identify and understand all “mandatory” requirements (items that must be met regardless of compliance path)

S2.2 NYStretch Energy Code for Residential Buildings 90 minute (Pt 2)

T02-07-2976

This course is Part 2 of a two-part series and covers the mechanical, plumbing and lighting requirements for residential buildings in the NYStretch Code, as well as requirements covering electric power systems.  We will also discuss the relationship of this voluntary code to the mandatory New York City energy code. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify how mechanical equipment efficiencies and lighting factor into each energy code compliance option under NYStretch(or NYCECC)  
  2. Identify differences between NYStretch (or NYCECC) and the base code for mechanical, plumbing and lighting systems 
  3. Understand the Electric Power (Solar-ready and EV-ready) requirements
  4. Identify and understand all “mandatory” requirements (items that must be met regardless of compliance path)

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