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Lesson: AC & Heat Pump Equipment ID
Field identification of equipment is complicated, because A/C and heat pump equipment comes in many shapes and sizes.  This lesson describes how to identify A/C and heat pump equipment. You will learn: A/C and heat-pump principles, how the refrigeration cycle moves hat between spaces, common types of A/C  and heat pump equipment, and how to identify A/C and heat-pump equipment in the field. This is a 1.7 hour session.

BPI (0.85 CEUs)

Lesson: Gas Furnace Efficiency Strategy
Most building codes have accepted ASHRAE 62.2 as their indoor-air-quality and ventilation standard. As a building-energy specialist, you need to know what ASHRAE 62.2 is and how to apply it.  In this lesson you will learn: the ASHRAE 62.2 standard’s content and purpose, how to calculate ventilation rates for your projects, and how to retrofit existing buildings with mechanical ventilation systems. This is a 1.4 hour session.

BPI (0.70 CEUs)

Lesson: Combustion Safety Testing
Building-energy audits often include combustion safety testing. This lesson covers the principles and procedures of combustion-safety testing. You will learn how to visually inspect combustion appliances along with these testing procedures: gas leakage testing, worst-case depressurization testing, spillage testing and CO testing. This is a 1.5 hour session.

BPI (0.75 CEUs)

Lesson: Combustion Venting Systems
Well designed combustion venting is essential for occupant health, safety, and building durability. This lesson covers how combustion venting works and how it fails. You will learn the following: the main types of combustion venting and their primary components and how to match combustion equipment with appropriate vent types. This is a 1.5 hour session.

BPI (0.75 CEUs)

Lesson: Gas Combustion Heating Overview
Most building in the Us use gas combustion equipment to provide space heating and water heating. This lesson covers the science of gas combustion and the major components of gas-combustion devices. You will learn the following: gas-combustion reactants and combustion products, suitable venting systems that vent combustion by products to outdoors, common gas-combustion equipment types and common heat-distribution systems. This is a 2.0 hour session.

BPI (1.0 CEUs)

Lesson: Duct Energy Efficiency
Poorly sealed ducts don’t deliver conditioned air to inside spaces effectively. This lesson is an overview of common duct problems.  You will learn the following: how un-insulated ducts can waste . This is a 0.9 hour session.

BPI (0.45 CEUs)

Lesson: Duct Air Sealing
This lesson begins by talking about duct leakage standards. We then discuss these duct air topics: how to locate air leaks in different types of ducts, how to seal the duct air leaks permanently and the most effective methods to test and repair leaky duct systems. This is a 1.6hour session.

BPI (0.8 CEUs)

Lesson: Duct Insulation
Ducts located outside conditioned space need insulation. Without insulation, outside ducts waste energy and don’t deliver conditioned air to inside spaces effectively. This leads to comfort problems and high energy bills. This lesson covers when ducts need insulation how much insulation ducts require. You will also learn what other factors you need to consider before you select or install duct insulation. This is a 1.0 hour session.

BPI (0.5 CEUs)

Lesson: HVAC Refrigeration
Central air conditioners and heat pumps rely on the refrigeration cycle to provide heating and cooling. This lesson explains the refrigeration cycle in simple language with clear diagrams. You will learn the following: how HVAC refrigeration systems work, common problems that reduce refrigeration efficiency, how to recognize refrigeration  problems and how to specify solutions that restore refrigeration effectiveness and increase efficiency.  This is a 2.1 hour session.

BPI (1.05 CEUs)

Lesson: Low Energy Cooling
This lesson covers low-cost cooling strategies for all US climate zones. Most buildings cost a lot of money to cool, but that’s because the buildings are inefficient. This lesson discusses the following topics: principles of cooling, how regional US climates influence cooling-system designs and how to select low-cost cooling strategies appropriate for the climate and for the building’s specific cooling needs. This is a 1.3 hour session.

BPI (0.65 CEUs)

Lesson: HVAC Retro Commissioning
HVAC systems are expensive to replace. When we solve HVAC problems without replacing the system, we benefit our client. This lesson cover how to improve existing HVAC systems through retro-commissioning. Retro-commissioning verifies the correct functioning of HVAC systems through measurement and adjustment. You will learn the following:  how to diagnose HVAC system problems, how to find effective solutions to HVAC problems, how to conduct post-improvement tests to gauge your success, the importance of preventative maintenance and how to recognize the limits of retro-commissioning. This is a 1.0 hour session.

BPI (0.5 CEUs)

Lesson: HVAC Retrofit Efficiency Choices
HVAC systems are expensive to replace. Whether we replace or retro-commission an existing system, we should make it the most efficient system that we can to benefit our client. This lesson covers how to make the best choices to achieve the most efficient HVAC system.  You will learn the following: understand the two most basic efficiency choices for existing HVAC systems~retro-commissioning or replacement, four common problems with AC and HP systems and the importance of HVAC equipment sizing and selection. This is a 1.6 hour session.

BPI (0.80 CEUs)

Lesson: Evaluating HVAC Air Flow
Poor HVAC airflow can dramatically affect building energy performance, even if the building is otherwise energy-efficient.  HVAC airflow problems are difficult to diagnose and fix.  This lesson covers the causes and effects of common HVAC airflow problems. You will learn the following: how to evaluate an HVAC system’s airflow, how to diagnose inadequate airflow, an dhow to recommend solutions that improve HVAC airflow. This is a 1.9 hour session.

BPI (0.95 CEUs)

Lesson: Whole Building Ventilation Systems
Modern, airtight buildings need ventilation for indoor air quality. This lesson compares the main types of whole-building ventilation systems. You will earn the following: how to recognize when buildings need whole-building ventilation, how to select the right ventilation system for your projects and how to choose systems and adjust them to specific air-flow rates. This is a 1.4 hour session.

BPI (0.70 CEUs)

Lesson: ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation Standard
Most building codes have accepted ASHRAE 62.2. as their indoor-air-quality and ventilation standard. As a building-energy specialist, you need to know what ASHRAE 62.2 is and how to apply it. You will learn the following: the ASHRAE 62.2 standard’s content and purpose, how to calculate ventilation rates for your projects, how to verify that your project meets the ASHRAE 62.2 requirements and how to retrofit existing buildings with mechanical ventilation systems. This is a 1.4 hour session.

BPI (0.70 CEUs)

Lesson: Cooling with Ventilation
With well applied ventilation, insulated and shaded homes can get by with minimal air conditioning. This lesson cover how ventilation keeps occupants cool and the main ventilation-cooling methods. You will learn the following: how a building design affects cooling loads, the common ventilation systems and their control strategies and how much energy ventilation-cooling saves. This is a 1.0 hour session.

BPI (0.5 CEUs)

Lesson: Basic Mechanical Ventilation
Buildings need a way to get rid of harmful indoor air pollutants. Most modern, airtight buildings use mechanical ventilation to remove polluted air and replace it with fresh air. This lesson covers how ventilation improves human health, building durability and energy efficiency. You will learn the following: how inadequate ventilation can harm buildings and their occupants and best-practices for installing mechanical ventilation in new and existing  homes. This is a 1.8 hour session.

BPI (0.95 CEUs)

Lesson: Ventilation Systems Overview
We ventilate buildings to provide clean and dry air to indoor environments. without enough ventilation, buildings decay, and occupants suffer respiratory problems.  This lesson covers the following topics: how to recognize when a building needs additional ventilation, what ventilation can and can’t do, the causes and effects of poor indoor air quality, how ventilation requirements relate to building airtightness, how to select and appropriate ventilation strategy and how to adjust ventilation systems to provide the correct amount of fresh air. This is a 2.2 hour session.

BPI (1.1 CEUs)

Lesson: Improving HVAC Air Flow
HVAC systems are only effective if they distribute the right amount of conditioning to building spaces. Forced-air HVAC systems are notorious for distribution problems. This lesson covers factors that impact the effectiveness of forces-air distribution systems. You will learn how static pressures, equipment maintenance, and how duct design affects airflow into rooms. You will learn the methods to improve forced-air distribution and solve airflow problems. This is a 1.0 hour session.

BPI (0.5 CEUs)

For more information, please contact Suzanne Domestico, Program Coordinator
508.626.7150 / sdomestico@smoc.org

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