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Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program/Retrofits and Energy Efficiency

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


Objectives

By the end of the Retrofits and Energy Efficiency module, students will understand:

  1. Residential energy uses and loss
  2. Assessment procedure, observations, techniques and identifying goals
  3. Client interviews, communication and observational inspections
  4. The house as a system – interactive effects
  5. The what, why, and how much of diagnostic testing equipment

Goals

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The following are some of the main goals for the Retrofits and Energy Efficiency module.

Concepts

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

  • Lighting Efficiency -> Safety
  • FUE and EF
  • Combustion Byproducts
  • Combustion Safety
  • Heat Transfer
  • Heat loss
  • Infiltration
  • Diagnostic Testing

Vocabulary and units

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

  • BAS (Building Airflow Standard), combustion, Appliance Zone, Building Envelope, R-Value, Airchange per hour, EF, Efficacy, Infrared thermography, R-Value
  • CFM, CFM30, pascal, F, C, K, ACH, and Lumens

Calculations

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

  • Light Exchange Saving
  • Flow rate conversions, such as Cups/sec to Gal/Min
  • CFM to ACH

How to

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

  • Identify, Quantify and Report Losses
  • Inspection, Observational, Assessment, Client interview, Testing equipment, Write and present the report

Field trips

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

  • Job site