Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code. This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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Backup Power for Commercial Buildings - Market Drivers, Code Requirements, and Fuel Options for Backup Power

Power outages in commercial buildings create enormous costs and hardships for business owners, tenants, and employees. The costs include lost productivity, lost sales, lost product, and brand damage. In some cases, outages can jeopardize life safety. For these reasons, many commercial buildings are incorporating backup power systems — some on a voluntary basis and others based on code requirements. This course explores the motivations for using backup power, relevant code and standard requirements, and the fuel options for backup power generators.

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Residential Water Heaters under the New 2015 Federal Standards

Water heaters are often the second largest energy user in the home, costing residents hundreds of dollars each year. Beginning in April 2015, the updated “NAECA” standards from the U.S. Department of Energy increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. “NAECA” stands for the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act and includes the federal regulations for water heater minimum efficiency levels. The course reviews the new federal standards for water heaters, and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.

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Expanding Outdoor Living: Propane for Outdoor Residential Use

Propane gas is considered to be a clean alternative fuel by the EPA; it is a versatile and environmentally safe fuel source for healthy and sustainable living. Many people use propane to fuel their outdoor grills or barbeques, but it’s much more versatile than a cooking fuel in residential outdoor applications. This learning unit will explore alternative uses for propane, specifically for outdoor use in and around a home.

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Choosing to Live Off-Grid: Energy Generation and Fuel Choices (PDF)

This article originally appeared in a previous print and digital issue of ARCHITECT magazine.

Living off the grid has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable life style, moving away from the city and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off grid. Off-grid and standby generators can be used in combination with renewable energy sources for successful off-grid living. This program compares and contrasts types of generators, and fuel choices for off-grid living.

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Choosing to Live Off-Grid: Energy Generation and Fuel Choices

Living off the grid has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable life style, moving away from the city and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off grid. Off-grid and standby generators can be used in combination with renewable energy sources for successful off-grid living. This program compares and contrasts types of generators, and fuel choices for off-grid living.

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Analysis of Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The energy use of a home varies widely depending on a number of factors, including the climate, number of occupants, resident behavior, and mechanical systems. Because there are so many contributing factors, decisions on where and when to invest in energy-efficient equipment can be tricky for a homeowner, especially when it comes to paying a premium for higher efficiency equipment. In this course, which focuses on the typical energy use for average, single-family detached households, learn more about what factors to take into account when considering an upgrade of a home’s energy system or appliances.

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Introduction to Net Zero Energy Homes and Opportunities to Leverage High Efficiency Propane Systems

This course provides an overview of residential zero net energy (ZNE) homes and gives designers a sense of key issues and strategies for ZNE projects. It explores how ZNE projects may be defined along with the implications of the different definitions of "zero". The course also characterizes the current ZNE housing market, the general design approach to ZNEs and the opportunities to integrate mixed-fuel home designs in ZNE projects.

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