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Building Systems and Efficiency Courses

Adjustable Speed Drives

Number of Credits (if applicable): 6.0 NATE

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: Adjustable speed drives (ASDs) are found in commercial, process, and industrial facilities. ASDs are used to modulate the speed of operations, which can save on energy costs. This class will cover system fundamentals including load types, flow control for pumps and fans, and adjusting motor speed with ASDs. All techniques discussed will be practical and proven approaches. Energy efficiency strategies like air conditioning for commercial application problems such as power quality issues will also be analyzed. Get smart about using ASDs with intelligent control to apply savings strategies.

Audience: This class is intended for engineers, technicians, operators, and maintenance professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the types of adjustable speed loads ad drives including variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Discuss what type of control is best for different ASD applications and instances where ASDs can help save energy
  • Compare the economic benefits and tradeoffs of using ASDs
  • Analyze methods to overcome ASD power quality and motor insulation issues

Complimentary Course

Advanced Unitary Air Conditioning

(Follows Introduction to Unitary Air Conditioning)

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0, BPI 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: Professionals receive in depth knowledge on unitary air conditioning systems. With this course, attendees will learn about the different components that are part of these systems, as well as ventilation strategies, energy efficiency strategies, and how to better extend the life of a unitary air conditioning unit. The major topics that this course will cover includes the air condition cycle, different components of unitary air conditioning and their role, how to read name plates and manufacturer specification sheets, the common issues faced with this technology and more.

Audience: This class is intended for technicians, engineers, operators, and maintenance professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze and understand system components
  • Review energy efficiency strategies for particular systems
  • Examine how to properly identify HVAC equipment and interpret specifications
  • Identify frequently experienced issues with this technology and discuss how to remedy them

Air Handling Systems Efficiency – HYBRID Instruction

Number of Credits (if applicable): 6.0 NATE, BPI 6.0

Instructor: Peter Davi

Course Description: HVAC professionals will be given a foundation and overview of air conditioning systems, integrated demand side management, and related Title 24 measures. Attendees will learn how to minimize the cost of large, commercial central air conditioning systems while keeping the facility comfortable. Major topics include variable and constant air-volume systems, adjustable speed-drives, ventilation, economy cycle, and other efficiency opportunities. Examples will be presented that demonstrate a model for analyzing typical, variable air-volume retrofit economics. This course includes (2) instructor-led sessions, plus access to online/on-demand resources. 

Audience: This class is intended for technicians, engineers, facility maintenance personnel, and HVAC professionals. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the components of a central plant system and explain how the chiller, cooling tower, boiler, air handling system, and pumps function to remove heat loads
  • Assess the differences in control and efficiency for variable and constant air volume systems and how to optimize performance of each
  • Define the concept of Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) and describe demand-side management strategies that can be used for air handling systems
  • Review relevant Title 24 Part 6 code triggers, mandatory measures, and system checklists that can help save energy and reduce costs

Complimentary Course

Chilled Water Systems

Number of Credits (if applicable):  6.0 NATE, BPI 6.0

Instructor: Peter Davi or David Wylie

Course Description: Chilled water systems are used to provide air conditioning for commercial buildings and to support industrial processes. This class presents an overview of chiller systems including basic components and operations, sizing air-conditioning loads, air-conditioning system concepts, common system configurations, measuring and improving chiller efficiency, and AC cost and efficiency considerations. It also examines other system components such as compressors, condensers, evaporators, cooling towers, and water treatment options.

Audience: This class is intended for engineers, technicians, facility managers, and maintenance personnel.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the components of a central plant system and explain how the chiller, cooling tower, boiler, air handling system, and pumps function to remove heat loads
  • Assess the differences in control and efficiency for variable and constant air volume systems and how to optimize performance of each
  • Define the concept of Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) and describe demand-side management strategies that can be used for air handling systems
  • Review relevant Title 24 Part 6 code triggers, mandatory measures, and system checklists that can help save energy and reduce costs

Complimentary Course

Commercial Refrigeration

Number of Credits: 6.0 NATE, BPI 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: There is a wide variety of commercial refrigeration equipment, from ice machines to supermarket food displays. Today, there are many opportunities for improving the efficiency of existing equipment or for implementing new ones. This course reviews elementary refrigeration concepts and introduces various energy efficiency techniques that can save on energy costs. It addresses the latest refrigerant issues, efficiency measures, equipment options, Title 24 compliance, integrated demand side management (IDSM), and the benefits presented by these topics.

Audience: This class is intended for engineers, technicians, and HVACR technicians.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the components of a commercial refrigeration system
  • Assess ways to improve the energy efficiency of refrigeration systems
  • Define the concept of IDSM and describe demand-side management strategies that can be used for commercial refrigeration
  • Review relevant Title 24 Part 6 code triggers and mandatory measures

Complimentary Course

Compressed Air System Efficiency

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: Plant and production managers, engineers, and maintenance professionals will learn about the types of compressed air systems, components, typical applications and operations, maintenance procedures, multiple compressor system strategies, and energy-saving opportunities and practices. The class will also provide an overview of integrated demand side management (IDSM) strategies and as part of an exercise, participants will identify and describe how to improve overall system efficiency and possibly avoid the need to purchase new equipment.

Audience: This class is intended for plant and production managers, engineers, maintenance professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify components of a basic compressed air system and describe the function of each
  • Interpret key measurements of system efficiency, such as pressure, watts, and cubic feet per minute (cfm)
  • Demonstrate how speed, storage, and multiple compressor configurations can be used to achieve desired level of flow control and trim control
  • Define the concept of IDSM and describe demand-side management strategies that can be used for compressed air systems

Cooling Towers

Number of Credits (if applicable): 6.0 NATE, BPI 6.0

Instructor: Peter Davi or David Wylie

Course Description: Cooling towers play an important role in providing air conditioning for commercial buildings and industrial facilities. They support industrial processes and are used to remove heat from the condenser water. The purpose of this course is to describe typical systems that use cooling towers, key elements of cooling tower design, efficiency features, efficient operation, and maintenance issues.

Audience: This class is intended for engineers, technicians, and maintenance personnel.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of cooling towers and their efficient operation
  • Analyze the impact to operational efficiency when the condenser water temperature is adjusted
  • Identify the trade-off between cooling tower size and energy savings
  • Review common maintenance issues and their corresponding solutions

Complimentary Course

Distributed Energy Resources

Number of Credits (if applicable): BPI 3.0

Instructor: TBD

Course Description: Distributed energy resources (DER), refers to the production of electricity by entities other than the utility company. Distributed Generation (DG) refers to distributed generation produced on the customer side of the utility meter. This course will present an overview of both DER and DG, encompassing the attributes of these technologies. It will explore distribution vs. transmission, cogeneration, and power generation prime movers including reciprocating engine generation, turbines, and micro turbines. Additionally, this course will cover power quality and quantity, different types of fuel cell, photovoltaic (PV) cells, and common configurations including grid-connected systems, utility interconnection policy, and more.

Audience: This class is intended for utility personnel, policymakers, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the intricacies of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Distributed Generation (DG) technologies
  • Review distribution vs. transmission, cogeneration, and power generation prime movers
  • Discuss photovoltaic cells, including where they are used, how they work, and common configurations
  • Recognizing benefits of DER and DG technologies on the grid

Energy Efficient Lighting Systems

Number of Credits (if applicable): BPI 3.0

Instructor: Rose Jojić

Course Description: In many older facilities, existing lighting systems were not designed with energy conservation in mind and do not meet the lighting requirements of the tasks being performed at the facility. This course begins with lighting concepts and relevant terms. Then discusses how to improve lighting efficiency with maintenance, lighting levels, de-lamping, daylighting, and other control strategies. It also presents an overview of new lighting technology and types of lamps, including four generations of T-8 fluorescent lamps, T-5 lamps, induction, high intensity discharge lamps, LEDs and more.

Audience: This class is intended for homeowners, business owners, technicians, facility managers, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish the different types of lighting fixtures and their components
  • Review lighting maintenance procedures and methods for load reduction
  • Analyze how to use lamp performance criteria to compare products offered by different manufacturers
  • Evaluate the type and amount of lighting necessary for different circumstances and opportunities for manual or automatic control

Energy Management Systems (EMS)

Number of Credits (if applicable): BPI 3.0

Instructor: Michele Sagehorn

Course Description: This course will help learn about the potential operating cost-savings using energy management systems and provide insight on how to maximize savings using the most current technology in HVAC control methods. Attendees will explore communication networks, equipment studies, conceptual system design, integrated demand side management, Title 24 regulations, and cost/benefit analysis to help identify, design, and plan for your energy management system.

Audience: This class is intended for building managers, as well as operations and maintenance professionals with a basic understanding of HVAC systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the three levels of facility controls, ways to control a local loop, and system control strategies for energy conservation
  • Review EMS functions, controls, and techniques for air systems, package units, central refrigeration equipment, hot water boiler plants, and lighting systems equipment
  • Define the concept of integrated demand side management (IDSM) and describe demand-side management strategies that can be used for energy management systems
  • Identify relevant Title 24 Part 6 code triggers and mandatory measures

HVAC System Testing for Energy Efficiency

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0, BPI 6.0

Instructor: Peter Davi

Course Description: This class presents the relevant issues and available methods for field testing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and explores and explains the use of specific testing and data acquisition instruments. It will analyze the components of a central plant system, the characteristics and operation of control devices, such as valves, dampers, and actuators, and explain how to establish a plan for testing including determining testing criteria, acquiring operating data, and building a usage trend.

Audience: This class is intended for engineers, facility maintenance personnel, and HVAC technicians.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine how to test air conditioning systems for efficiency and excessive wear and determine if there are economically viable ways to implement Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM)
  • Name and describe the key factors that affect system efficiency
  • Review implementations of data collection strategies and understand how they are used in sample calculations
  • Walkthrough a system testing checklist to evaluate equipment and operations in your own building

Complimentary Course

Implementing Energy Efficiency Measures in Commercial and Industrial Applications

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0, BPI 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: This course presents a comprehensive overview of many topics related to the energy efficiency of most commercial facilities. Topics include energy efficiency, lighting, motors, air conditioning systems, boilers, refrigeration, energy audits, and work plans. Energy managers and maintenance professionals – come learn how to do a basic audit of your facility to determine if new equipment is worth the investment.

Audience: This class is intended for facility managers, maintenance professionals, and energy managers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and articulate the many energy efficiency measures used in commercial facilities
  • Identify basic electrical and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Review how to perform energy assessments, screening audits, and feasibility studies
  • Analyze how to select the proper equipment for a specific commercial and industrial facility

Industrial Refrigeration and Refrigerated Warehouses

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: This course reviews basic industrial refrigeration concepts and provides a system overview, including typical industrial refrigeration practices, applications, equipment, and configurations. Attendees will learn how to achieve energy savings by improving the operating efficiency of industrial refrigeration systems, meeting Title 24 standards, and implementing integrated demand side management strategies. In-class exercises explore the economics of different industrial refrigeration system configurations.

Audience: This class is intended for facility maintenance, building operations managers, technicians, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe energy efficiency measures for industrial refrigeration systems
  • Examine how new opportunities in permanent load shifting, with thermal energy storage, can provide energy savings
  • Analyze the efficiency of evaporators and condensers and then describe their importance when it comes to product selection
  • Explain how variable speed drives are used with evaporators

Introduction to Unitary Air Conditioning

Number of Credits (if applicable): 6.0 NATE, BPI 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: Professionals will be given a high-level overview of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as an introduction to unitary air conditioning systems. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the different types of unitary air conditioning systems, their applications, and how they operate. This class is meant to give a basic understanding of the unitary AC system and its role in a building. Major topics of this course include defining HVAC with the different types of heat transfer, standards addressing factors that affect human comfort, various forms of heats gains and losses and the overall air conditioning cycle. It will also cover the applications of Unitary AC cooling and heating, refrigerant types, air and heat movement, temperature controls and ratings.

Audience: This class is intended for HVAC technicians, facility maintenance personnel, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the technology and role of a Unitary AC system
  • Understand the science of human comfort and heat transfer as they relate to HVAC sizing and efficiency
  • Identify and review the types of heat gains and losses in a building
  • Review the types of AC systems, their components/refrigerants, and their corresponding applications

Motor Efficiency

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0

Instructor: David Wylie

Course Description: Learn about premium motor efficiency and how it can reduce energy costs for commercial and industrial facilities. Course content covers operating loads, load matching, motor losses, efficiency testing, rating standards, the principles of an efficient motor, better management of motors for maximum operation, motor life expectancy, and how to benefit from motor efficiency in facilities. This class also explores different types of motors, various efficiency features, and how to repair or replace motors.

Audience: This class is intended for maintenance professionals, technicians, facility managers, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare motor size with operating load and explore the correlation between them
  • Assess load control opportunities for motors and identify causes for motor failure
  • Discuss motor losses and how to increase their energy efficiency
  • Evaluate whether to rewind, repair, or replace a problematic motor

Complimentary Course

Flexible Load Management

D+R offers a two-part Automated Demand Response (ADR) training course that details demand response and its benefits for customers and utilities.

DR-101: Understanding Automated Demand Response

Number of Credits (if applicable): BPI 2.0

Instructor: Saniya Syed

Course Description: ADR (Automated Demand Response) 101 training covers the critical importance of demand response to grid management during high peak usage periods. The training first dives into the major Demand Side Management (DSM) strategies, including Energy Conservation (EC), Energy Efficiency (EE), Distributed Generation (DG), Load Shifting (LS), Peak Management (PM) and Demand Response (DR). The course defines demand response, details the benefits in different facility types, and highlights types of demand response control strategies (manual, semi-automated and automated).  This course provides an in-depth review of Automated Demand Response (ADR) communication, configuration, and benefits.  It also reviews the 2019 Title 24 Energy Standard that includes demand response requirements, which apply to the nonresidential systems and processes including HVAC systems, indoor lighting systems, electronic message systems (signs), commissioning, acceptance testing and additions and alterations.

Audience: This class is intended for business owners/operators, facility managers, technicians, and utility program managers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and analyze various types of demand side management strategies
  • Define demand response and explore its application in a variety of facility types
  • Review the types of demand response control strategies and how they differ
  • Examine Title 24 requirements for demand response and understand utility demand response programs, applications, types, and incentives

Complimentary Course

DR-102: Automated Demand Response Deep Dive

Number of Credits (if applicable): BPI 2.0

Instructor: Saniya Syed

Course Description: In the ADR (Automated Demand Response) 102 training, learners delve deeper into automated demand response. This course reviews ADR communication and configuration, including Virtual Top Nodes (VTN) and Virtual End Nodes (VEN), OpenADR protocol, and OpenADR profile features and services of 2.0a and 2.0b.  Students learn to identify typical Virtual End Node to load configurations and explore ADR implementation examples.  Two facility categories are considered for configuration: people buildings (i.e., offices, retail, education, etc.) and process facilities (industrial, manufacturing, etc.). The course explores ADR strategies for different facility types, including detailing temperature reset and duty cycling for demand response with HVAC systems. It dives into fast and flexible DR and provides a review of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory demand response potential study defined DR categories: shape, shift, shed and shimmy. Lastly, the course includes several ADR lab simulations for the attendees to be able to get exposure to real world ADR equipment and set-up.

Audience: This class is intended for business owners/operators, facility managers, technicians, and utility program managers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain ADR communication and configuration protocols, including virtual top and end nodes, OpenADR protocols, profile features and services, and fast and flexible demand response
  • Understand how demand response can be implemented in various facility types, including discussion of temperature reset and duty cycling in demand response for HVAC systems
  • Explain the site installation process and experience lab simulations of demand response implementation
  • Review the four categories of demand response, including shape, shift, shed, and shimmy

Complimentary Course

Indoor Agriculture

Grow Crops Effectively with LED Lighting in Greenhouses

Number of Credits (if applicable): TBD

Instructor: Rose Jojić

Audience: This class is intended growers and utilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key lighting terms and key performance indicators (KPIs), and how they apply to mixed light environments.
  • Explore the process of working with cultivators to design flexible rooms to support preferred light recipes.
  • Review energy and water benchmarking to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Examine how to work with your utility and maximizing incentives.

Grow Effectively with LED Lighting in Controlled Environment Agriculture Facilities

Number of Credits (if applicable): TBD

Instructor: Rose Jojić

Audience: This class is intended growers and utilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key lighting terms and key performance indicators (KPIs), and how they apply to indoor environments.
  • Explore the process of working with cultivators to design flexible rooms to support preferred light recipes.
  • Walkthrough the DesignLights Consortium Qualified Products List and how it can be used to properly select vendors.
  • Review energy and water benchmarking to achieve continuous improvement in grow operations.
  • Examine how to work with your utility and maximizing incentives.

Building Electrification

Central Heat Pump Water Heating Systems: Design, Operations & Maintenance Deep Dive

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 8.0, BPI 8.0

Instructors: Colin Grist and Evan Green

Course Description:  Central HPWH products for the multifamily and commercial sector are relatively new. This session introduces the range of available products, presents the fundamental concepts related to how they work and interact with other building systems, explains the key design challenges, and shows the way forward for this new hot water solution.

Audience: This class is intended for engineers, architects, designers, building facility managers, and maintenance personnel.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of state and local policies that encourage or require all-electric domestic water heating systems
  • Understand the advantages of heat pump water heater systems for various building types
  • Gain an understanding of the economics of heat pump water heating systems and how they compare with traditional gas and electric resistance water heating systems (considering both first costs and operational costs)
  • Learn how to identify a good candidate project for a heat pump water heating system
  • Analyze key system configurations and design considerations
  • Review maintenance routines that ensure optimal system performance
  • Become familiar with Ecotope’s sizing tool, Ecosizer 1

Electrification 101: An Overview of the Who, What, When, Why and How

Number of Credits (if applicable): TBD

Course Description: Against the backdrop of climate change and the rapidly shifting policy landscape in California, this course addresses the reasons for, benefits of, and barriers to electrification.  Specifically, this course presents key motivating factors that drive the shift toward electrification, compelling first cost and operating cost data for residential and commercial systems and appliances, a discussion of the advantages of integrating load-shifting and load-sharing technologies, and presents a cost-effective, actionable roadmap for electrification as a pragmatic approach for electrifying residences and businesses.

Audience: This class is intended for homeowners, business owners, engineers, utility personnel, and energy managers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits, both economic and environmental, of electrification.
  • Identify approaches to electrifying a residence and/or business.
  • Examine common obstacles to an all-electric home.
  • Review an actionable roadmap to achieving electrification.

Heat Pump HVAC Systems for Residential New Construction

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 1.5, BPI 1.5

Instructor: Nick Brown or Bobby Hahn

Course Description: Having a basic understanding of this technology is essential to the overall push towards electrification. This course will establish a clear value proposition for HVAC heat pumps in new construction based on first costs and operating costs, energy efficiency, and Title 24 requirements by discussing how the code treats heat pumps, and how the new Energy Design Rating metric favors this technology in new residential construction. It will also explain how HVAC heat pumps work and the different system configurations possible while addressing consumer concerns about aesthetics, efficiency, comfort, and function. Finally, this course discusses barriers to heat pump HVAC implementation in residential new construction.

Audience: This class is intended for designers, architects, builders, engineers, maintenance professionals, plumbing sales professionals and technicians.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and dispel myths about heat pump technology, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, comfort, and aesthetics
  • Highlight and explain important technological advances of heat pump HVAC systems
  • Discuss how California’s Title 24 Building Code treats heat pumps
  • Identify barriers to heat pump HVAC implementation in residential new construction

Introduction to Central Heat Pump Water Heating: The Whys and Hows of Heat Pump Water Heater Systems for Multifamily and Commercial Applications (2-part course)

Number of Credits (if applicable):

Instructor: Colin Grist or Evan Green

Part 1: Why to Invest in a Heat Pump Water Heater System in Your Next Multifamily or Commercial Project

Course Description:  This course will explore the policy drivers that are pushing the integration of central heat pump water heating systems and highlight the economic, energy, and environmental advantages of heat pump water heater systems for commercial and multifamily projects. It will also discuss successful projects and case studies, while outlining which applications have the best opportunities for success.

Audience: This class is intended for building owners/manager, developers, architects, designers, builders, policymakers, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify national, state, and local codes and policies that are driving change
  • Understand the unique value proposition of central heat pump water heating systems
  • Learn why investing makes sense
  • Identify the characteristics of a good project candidate

Part 2:  How to Select and Design a Heat Pump Water Heater System in Your Next Multifamily or Commercial Project NATE 3.0, BPI 3.0

Course Description:  This course provides an overview of key system design considerations, including hot water distribution system design. It explores the different system components, including next generation refrigerants, and gives an update on the status and evolution of available plug-n-play equipment. Lastly, it walks through the tools available to properly size central heat pump systems needed for specific situations.

Audience: This class is intended for building owners/manager, developers, architects, designers, builders, code inspectors, and engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the key factors that determine the eligibility for central heat pump installation
  • Discuss the fundamentals of central heat pump design and operation
  • Identify the various components used in central heat pump water heater systems
  • Learn how to use Ecotope’s new sizing tool, the Ecosizer

Optimizing Residential Energy Efficiency

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 6.0, BPI 6.0

Instructor: TBD

Course Description: This course provides a foundation for understanding basic electricity and residential energy efficiency. This course analyzes energy usage in a typical residence and discusses utility rates for electricity and natural gas. It provides a brief introduction to fundamental applications such as Photovoltaic (PV) cells and solar energy systems. This course also analyzes the energy usage of residential appliances such as refrigeration, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and discusses temperature control and water conservation. For energy analysts, additional content may include an overview of a Residential Energy Survey to determine energy use at a residence.

Audience: This class is intended for homeowners, energy analysts, and HVAC professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the pros and cons of different energy efficiency technologies
  • Understand energy consumption of current home appliances
  • Explore the implementation of low/no cost actions to limit stress on the grid and reduce energy consumption
  • Develop a plan, to be used by the homeowner, to save money on their energy bill

Overcoming Installation and Sales Challenges for HVAC Heat Pumps in Retrofit Construction (2-part course)

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 3.0, BPI 3.0

Instructors: Nick Brown and Bobby Hahn

Course Description: This course addresses misconceptions about and barriers to the adoption of HVAC heat pumps. It anticipates and responds to a variety of consumer questions and concerns regarding HVAC heat pumps and provides targeted sales training for client-facing staff and contractors. This course also delves into key installation hurdles contractors face when replacing an existing system with a new HVAC heat pump system, including dealing with existing ductwork, MERV-13 filtration, electrical panel upgrades, cold weather performance, and more.

Audience: This class is intended for HVAC professionals, including sales staff, installers and maintenance technicians, and customer service representatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Problem-solve installation obstacles for HVAC heat pumps in retrofit construction
  • Discuss consumer concerns and misconceptions regarding HVAC heat pump systems
  • Learn how to sell heat pump HVAC systems

Overcoming Installation and Sales Challenges for Residential Replacement Heat Pump Water Heaters

Number of Credits (if applicable): NATE 3.0, BPI 3.0

Instructor: Tim Abshire

Course Description: This course establishes a clear value proposition for heat pump water heaters for plumbers, while addressing key barriers to their adoption. It also provides targeted sales training to identify customers and opportunities for client-facing staff and plumbers while delving into key installation considerations including space limitations, noise, condensate management, sizing, operational modes, and error codes.

Audience: This class is intended for plumbing and HVAC installers, technicians, and sales professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key challenges to installation of heat pump water heaters
  • Examine value proposition for heat pump water heaters as replacement units in a variety of residential scenarios
  • Walkthrough targeted sales training to assist in the process of identifying and qualifying customers

Putting It All Together in the Net Zero Home

Number of Credits (if applicable): BPI 1.5

Instructor: Nick Brown

Course Description: There are a variety of technologies and strategies that can be used to build net zero homes. This course examines key products and systems used in all-electric homes, analyzes how to model all-electric systems for Title 24 compliance, and reviews how the all-electric compliance pathway works in practice. It also explores advanced topics and the often-overlooked non-energy advantages of all-electric homes.

Audience: This class is intended for homeowners, designers, architects, builders, and energy analysts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine key products and systems like heat pumps for space conditioning, heat pump water heaters, induction cook tops, and electric clothes dryers, all of which can be used in all-electric homes
  • Learn how to model all-electric systems for code compliance
  • Analyze the all-electric compliance pathway in practice, prescriptively, and in performance modeling
  • Review the cost-effectiveness of all-electric designs compared to traditional designs

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