Computer-Based Energy Analyst Training

July/August 2009
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July 01, 2009
There’s nothing quite like sitting in a classroom, or out in the field, learning about HVAC systems, building science, green rating protocols, and other subjects of interest to Home Energy readers. You can interact directly with the instructor and your fellow students, use test equipment in a real-world setting, and get your certification exam results immediately. However, in this day and age of increasing travel and training costs, carbon footprint awareness, and modern computer technology, there are some very reasonable alternatives to live classroom learning (see “Going Green with Online Education,” p.12). Steve Mann is a HERS rater, Green Point rater, LEED AP, Certified Energy Analyst, serial remodeler, and long-time software engineer. Saturn Resource Management’s principals, John Krigger and Chris Dorsi, have been teaching and writing about energy efficiency for more than 20 years. They are the authors of a definitive series of books, on subjects ranging from weatherization to HVAC system analysis, for both homeowners and professionals. They also offer a series of online courses, including an Energy Auditor course that prepares you to take either the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) HERS examination or the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst examination. This ...

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