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Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program/Energy Fundamentals

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Modules: Introduction - Green Building - Energy - Retrofits and Energy Efficiency - Water Efficiency - Solar Hot Water - Photovoltaic


Objectives[edit]

By the end of the Energy Fundamentals module, students will understand:

  1. Energy basics
  2. Working with dimensional units
  3. Global, national, local and personal energy use
  4. Renewable and non-renewable methods of energy production and their impacts

Goals[edit]

The following are some of the main goals for the Energy Fundamentals module.

Concepts[edit]

By the end of the Energy Fundamentals module, students will understand the following concepts (among others):

  • Energy types and transfer
  • Power loss and efficiency
  • Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Energy generation, storage and generation
  • Models
  • Power versus energy
  • EROI
  • Primary energy source versus energy carrier

Vocabulary and units[edit]

By the end of the Energy Fundamentals module, students will be able to confidently use the following vocabulary and/or units (among others):

  • Conduction, convection, radiation, energy, power, length, area, volume, EROI, entropy, power loss, distribution, energy carrier, primary energy source
  • BTU, therm, joule, quads, cal, Cal, kw, kWh, kg, m, ft, s, hr, m3, ft3, prefixes (m, k, M, G)

Calculations[edit]

By the end of the Energy Fundamentals module, students will be able to do the following calculations (among others):

  • E=P*t
  • gas mileage and cost
  • efficiency

How to[edit]

By the end of the Energy Fundamentals module, students will be comfortable doing the following (among others):

  • use a kilowatt meter
  • electrical energy audit
  • Back Of the Envelope calculations

Field trips[edit]

By the end of the Energy Fundamentals module, students will be have gone on the following field trips (possibly among others):