NYSERDA Supported Training Building Energy Efficiency Futures

With support from NYSERDA, AEA is offering a comprehensive program of training for New York’s energy efficiency and property management workforce. Subjects include energy auditing, modeling, heating system and building envelope specialties, retro-commissioning, energy management, energy efficient building operations, retrofit installer methods (basic and advanced), high performance new construction, and more.

This program brings together the most up-to-date and effective training available to help New York workers and professionals acquire the advanced skill sets and competencies that will be essential for New York to achieve its ambitious building performance goals over the next decade.

These courses are already providing residential, multifamily, and commercial building professionals with targeted, job-task-specific training to advance their skills. This NYSERDA supported training enables AEA to offer these key courses at major price reductions for a limited time through 2015.

We have named this set of leading-edge courses “Building Energy Efficiency Futures.”  These classes can help energy consultants and contractors strengthen their capabilities while maximizing energy savings on their current and future projects. Equally important, they will help professionals and workers to build their own energy efficiency futures. Employees gain knowledge and skills they need to earn or maintain credentials to advance their careers, and their employers become more competitive in the marketplace.

NYSERDA-SupportedWe are offering these essential career- and industry-building courses to eligible individuals with sharply reduced tuition fees over a period of two years beginning in 2014, thanks to the generous support and partnership of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Reduced tuition is available to individuals living in the New York System Benefits Charge (SBC) service territory, and those who work for companies participating in New York’s SBC or EEPS programs.  Veterans who document their service may have the student’s share of the tuition fee waived, making their attendance free. If you are not sure whether you qualify for reduced (or free) tuition, please contact our Training Department at 718.292.6733 x 8023 or aeatraininginfo@aea.us.org.

Brief descriptions of NYSERDA supported training courses included in this program appear below. To view individual course flyers for classes covered by  the NYSERDA discount, click on the links at right.

Classes are held primarily at AEA’s fully-equipped, technology-rich training facilities in New York City, including our nationally-recognized Energy Management Training Center and Installer Training Lab.  You can read more about our facilities here.

Our expert instructors have deep and ongoing experience in their fields. They are skilled communicators and adult educators who use a variety of hands-on , live and video simulation, polling and other techniques and platforms to engage students in the classroom and in the field. Each class was developed according to best practices in training development and delivery. Courses for building operators are offered in English and Spanish.

The training offered under the Program – unified by core building science and building diagnostics modules – is designed to boost the job security and mobility of workers and professionals at a wide range of experience levels. Individuals can start with training in conventional energy efficiency work practices (based on protocols that typically yield 10-50% building energy reductions). Those with experience can choose classes to learn higher level work practices and new construction techniques that yield 50-90% energy reductions.

Armed with the skills and certifications for which these AEA courses prepare them, energy efficiency workers at all levels can learn to dependable excellence and energy savings to their customers – and rise above the competition based on their technical knowledge and construction excellence.

The Program course syllabus includes:

  • AEA’s industry-leading training to earn or maintain key industry certifications from the Building Performance Institute (BPI). (We are a longstanding BPI training organization and official BPI Test Center.)
  • AEA courses preparing students for certification in specified job titles in Home Energy Professional (HEP) series.  (The US Department of Energy has announced that it will soon require HEP-certified staff to perform certain jobs for the Weatherization Assistance Program across the US.) Our HEP Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector courses are IREC accredited as per DOE requirements.
  • Courses taught by our training partner Advanced Energy using its acclaimed “critical details” approach to advance the skills of single and multifamily builders and energy efficiency professionals.
  • Passive House courses in conjunction with our training partner Passive House Academy, leading to internationally-recognized certifications for tradespersons and consultants as well as continuing education opportunities in specialized subject areas.

About our training partners:

MASTER_PHA_FULL_PRIMARY LogoThe Passive House Academy (PHA) of Ireland built the first Passive House in an English-speaking country, and today is one of the major players in the Passive House movement throughout Europe and the US. PHA has been teaching Passive House and Building Science in New York City since 2008. The Association for Energy Affordability and PHA have partnered for three years to deliver training for both tradespersons and consultants preparing them for certification by Germany’s Passive House Institute. To provide the optimal hands-on learning environment for PH tradesperson courses, AEA constructed the first Passive House Tradesperson training facility in the US, including a life size model passive house, at its Installer Training Laboratory on Boone Avenue in the Bronx. NYSERDA supported training is allowing more design consultants and installers can take advantage of these courses and truly raise the bar for energy efficiency with knowledge gained from the CPHC and CPHT certification classes and shorter courses on PHPP modeling and thermal bridge analysis, in AEA’s uniquely equipped Boone Avenue training facility.  Learn from expert PHA staff and certified AEA trainers who are actively working on passive house gut rehab and new construction projects in New York City.

AE logoAdvanced Energy of North Carolina, a leader in developing Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for consistent high quality energy efficiency work nationally, has been training builders across 26 states in its ‘System Vision’ approach to achieve the goals of the Energy Star homes program.  The approach helps contractors to focus on the key elements of how they do business and install measures that can “make or break” a project and have a major impact on energy performance and customer satisfaction — and therefore on their future business.

Building on our collaboration with Advanced Energy on Standard Work Specifications for multifamily buildings, we are pleased to include three courses conducted by Advanced Energy presenting its “critical details” methodology to achieving consistent construction excellence as part of this NYSERDA-supported training program.  (These costs would be worth taking for the accompanying handbooks alone, but attendees get much more.) Click on the grey buttons at right to see course flyers.

NYSERDA Supported Training:  Certification Courses

  1. BPI Multifamily Building Analyst – This course prepares students to conduct an integrated energy performance and health and safety analysis of multifamily buildings. Multifamily buildings are complex; they come in a range of shapes and sizes and have systems with unique challenges. This course breaks down building enclosures and mechanical systems step-by-step and is designed to teach students to understand how they work and to identify the reasons why buildings underperform and fail. AEA offers this course in two formats:  a one-week intensive course over five consecutive full-day sessions, and an afternoon or evening course conducted over several weeks. Choose the format that meets your needs.
  2. BPI Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist – Building staff make operations and maintenance (O&M) decisions daily that directly affect the comfort and safety of residents and the building’s energy costs. This 5-day course, scheduled in full- or half-day sessions to accommodate the schedules of building personnel, helps students eliminate the guesswork from managing building performance for energy efficiency. Even the most experienced building operators and facility managers will learn new best practices that yield immediate benefits and real cost savings.  Students interested in pursuing BPI certification may sign up separately to take BPI’s Multifamily Building Operator exam.
  3. HEP Energy Auditor Level 1 – This seven-day course provides new energy auditors with a foundation in applied building science, construction fundamentals, building inspection and measurement techniques, building pressure diagnostics, residential mechanical systems, combustion efficiency and appliance safety diagnostics, ventilation and air quality, health and safety, base load usage, energy modeling, audit reports and work scope generation.  (This component of AEA’s IREC-accredited Energy Auditor course for NREL Home Energy Professional certification as an energy auditor also prepares students for BPI’s Building Analyst exam.)
  4. HEP Energy Auditor Level 2 – This six-day course provides experienced energy auditors with classroom, lab, and field-based training in advanced energy auditing knowledge, skills, and abilities, including: advanced building diagnostics, complex energy modeling issues, application of ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standard, designing energy upgrade recommendations, and advanced work scope development challenges. There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, but students will get maximum benefit from the practice sessions and case-study workshop format of this course if they have at least one year’s work experience in energy auditing and have attained BPI Building Analyst certification or equivalent. (This IREC-accredited course, in combination with Energy Auditor Level 1, prepares students for exams for NREL Home Energy Professional Energy Auditor and BPI Building Envelope Specialist certifications.)
  5. HEP Quality Control Inspector – This five-day course provides personnel providing quality control inspection services (QCI) for energy efficiency retrofits with classroom, lab, and field-based training in effective techniques and use of tools for performing quality-based inspection and monitoring for energy efficiency upgrade projects in single family homes and small multifamily buildings up to 3 stories. (This IREC-accredited course prepares students for NREL Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector exam.)
  6. NREL Retrofit Installer Technician – This five-day course provides retrofit installers with the knowledge and practical skills needed to perform energy upgrade projects in single family homes and small multifamily buildings up to 3 stories. There is more to performing a successful energy upgrade project than spraying foam and blowing insulation. This course exposes participants to all aspects the process from material selection and equipment handling to client interaction and implementing job site safety protocol.
  7. Certified Passive House Tradesperson – This five-day course provides the knowledge and practical skills building contractors need to build to the world’s most efficient energy standard. This course focuses on building enclosure optimization, and provides a foundation in passive house principles, while stressing the importance of construction fundamentals and proper sequencing. Participants learn building techniques that minimize thermal bridging, maximize airtightness, while using a variety of materials. An introduction to common passive house mechanical systems will be provided, including heat and energy recovery ventilators, heat pumps, and solar thermal. The course is held in AEA’s North American Passive House Tradesperson Training Facility on Boone Ave.  Three of the five course days are classroom-based and include demonstrations of PH products and materials by industry professionals, while two days allow participants to apply newly acquired installation techniques in a hands-on lab setting. The class is taught by AEA’s certified (CPHT) trainers experienced in installing and overseeing passive house construction work on projects in New York City.  This course prepares students to take the Passive House Institute (PHI) exam to achieve the Certified Passive House Tradesperson certification, distinguishing workers for their knowledge and skills to deliver deep energy savings.
  8. Certified Passive House Consultant – This eight-day course, taught by a certified instructor from Passive House Academy (PHA), is aimed primarily at building design professionals and prepares them for the exam to achieve the internationally recognized certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant from the Passive House Institute (PHI). Accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), this course provides over two-year’s worth of continuing education credits.

NYSERDA Supported Training:  Continuing Education Courses

  1. Monitoring and Operations of Energy Management Systems – Energy Management Systems (EMS) are advanced on-site technologies designed and proven to optimize the energy performance of large multifamily, commercial, and industrial heating systems. This exciting and innovative technology, when installed, operated, and maintained correctly, can significantly reduce energy waste in large buildings. This two-day course will expose participants to the basic operation and monitoring of data produced by energy management systems. Training will incorporate hands-on exercises in AEA’s Heating and Cooling Lab, which features several fully functional energy management systems. Participants will develop the skills needed to properly interpret and use the data collected from these systems to evaluate and improve the existing control strategies.
  2. Energy Modeling – AEA offers three tracks of this intensive two-day energy modeling course. Each track concentrates on one of the following energy modeling programs: eQuest (for new construction), EA-QUIP (for existing multifamily buildings) or PHPP (Passive House Planning Package, for use with any type building). Each track guides students through a complete cycle of energy modeling, from rate analysis and data input to model true-up and quality control. AEA trainers conduct the eQuest and EA-QUIP classes, while the PHPP course is delivered by a Passive House Academy trainer. This interactive course takes place in AEA’s Computer Lab, and incorporates hands-on case study tutorials in the selected energy modeling software.
  3. Retro-Commissioning for Energy Efficiency – Multifamily retro-commissioning is a process that seeks to improve how building equipment and systems function together.  Retro-commissioning can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed throughout the building’s life by improving operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures. This two-day class will hone participants’ skills to assess and adjust various building systems to meet the performance needs of the building, its owner and occupants and to insure that the building operates as efficiently as possible, provides a safe, comfortable work environment, and is maintained by a well-trained staff or service contractor. Retro-commissioning demands certain skills and abilities beyond those typically taught to energy auditors or in classroom certification courses for this growing discipline. Individuals or firms moving into this line of business will benefit from the practical tools they will gain from this course. 
  4. Multifamily Retrofit Project Manager – This course will be designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to be an effective Multifamily Retrofit Project Manager in a variety of settings, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program, and other private, utility or government funded energy upgrade projects.
  5. Thermal Bridging Analysis – Thermal bridges can cause significant heat loss and low surface temperatures, which can result in mold and condensation problems in buildings. This two-day training, taught by a certified PHA Instructor and  targeting experienced building science practitioners, illustrates how thermal bridges arise, the impacts they have, and what can be done to avoid them.
  6. Air Tightness Tester – The air tightness of the building enclosure is an important factor in the overall energy performance and durability of the building. This two-day course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to test and report on the air permeability of buildings using the Fan Pressurization Method, in accordance with ISO 9972.
  7. Success with Home Energy Upgrades – Focused on Existing Homes, the Success with Home Energy Upgrades teaches home performance contractors how to properly attic air seal, properly prepare and insulate attics as well as seal duct systems.  The training, led by an instructor from Advanced Energy, is very hands on and uses modules for instruction and practicing during workshops.  The participants will receive digital copies of written processes and illustrated reference documents all inside the Success with Home Energy Upgrades manual. Taught by Advanced Energy.
  8. HVAC Professionals’ Training – Geared towards new construction HVAC professionals trying to better understand their role in the world of high performance homes and construction. Participants will learn about the current industry accepted details of high performance homes as well programs like ENERGY STAR as they relate to the HVAC installation process, requirements, and their ability to apply knowledge in the field. Taught by Advanced Energy.
  9. Success with Air Sealing – This one-day course will provide home performance contractors with the knowledge and resources to perform air sealing on existing homes to maximize benefits including energy efficiency, health and safety, and customer satisfaction.  Participants will learn how to assess a home to determine the need for air sealing, identify primary location opportunities, prioritize locations for maximum benefits, understand health and safety concerns around air sealing, determine when and how to conduct performance testing and use appropriate materials and techniques. Taught by Advanced Energy.



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