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HPBBP 6A-B: Energy Efficiency - Parts A and B

Similar to the legs of a three-legged stool, any effective approach to improved energy consumption involves a three-fold strategy: Conservation, consumption, and alternative energy generation. All three energy efficiency approaches work interdependently but energy efficiency starts with conserving energy through a well designed and implemented building envelope. Then, introducing more efficient equipment and implementing alternative strategies can have an even greater impact. This module covers how to achieve an energy-efficient building envelope through various energy saving conservation, consumption and alternative energy strategies. It explains performance benchmarks and the options for testing and achieving compliance with the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™. By completing parts A and B of this module, you will be able to:
  •Explain the important components of the building envelope and related practices that are critical to achieving energy conservation in a structure.
  •Identify the accepted criteria and methods for designing an HVAC system that is compliant with the ICC/ASHRAE 700 - 2015 National Green Building Standard™ energy efficiency practices.
  •Describe the commonly available HVAC equipment choices and their relative energy consumption advantages.
  •Describe the HVAC distribution system options, their design principles and components.
  •Explain the potential energy conservation that is achievable through lighting, appliances and different types of water heaters.
  •Describe three forms of alternative energy generation and how each works.
  •Explain the standard benchmarks for measuring the energy efficiency of a building and how structures are tested against them.
  •Identify the paths to compliance with the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™ that lead to the various threshold levels.
  •List mandatory and several innovative energy efficiency practices acknowledged in the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard™.

Continuing Education Hours: 2.0

Continuing Education Credits: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP, MIRM

If you’d like to see this course offered locally, contact your home builders association.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned on completion of this event will be reported to CES Records for AIA members by the Provider. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.

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