Heating Oil Conversion: Exploring Propane as a Viable Alternative Energy Source

Heating oil, also known as fuel oil or Number 2 oil, has been a popular choice for homeowners since the early 1900s. As an alternative to coal or wood as a fuel source for boilers and domestic hot water production, heating oil proved to be a reliable, clean, and economical choice for millions of consumers, especially in the Northeast where other fuel types were often more difficult to acquire or were more expensive.

But it is not an environmentally conscious fuel choice. Propane gas has the same remote fuel benefit, coupled with fewer emissions and higher efficiency equipment. This course details economic and environmental reasons why switching from heating oil to propane is a good choice for homeowners, residential builders or remodelers.

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Chemistry in Context: Materials Science in Building and Construction

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professionals are asked to make informed materials decisions on an almost-daily basis – decisions which call for a foundational understanding of how those materials are made and their potential impact on the building’s health, sustainability and resiliency. This course will help architects, engineers, designers, and contractors navigate the complexity of materials selection by providing an overview of the role of chemistry in enhancing the product and building performance. The course will provide a review of key methodologies for measuring benefits and relevant information to help inform product selection. Further, it will provide a primer on how chemicals are regulated in the marketplace.

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Peralta New Mexico Case Study

All Terrain Sewer has proven to be a less disruptive and cost effective alternative to traditional sewer systems allowing for a smaller construction footprint. See how this EPA award winning technology was used to in an aging neighborhood in New Mexico.

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Analysis of Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Homeowners, builders, contractors, and weatherization agencies today have a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades to choose from for existing homes. This course compares the popular upgrades and systems available to help you make the best choice for your projects. Making good decisions about improving an existing home's energy efficiency and lowering its energy costs can be challenging for a consumer. There are a wide variety of options available, all with certain benefits and costs. Homeowners and building professionals frequently ask, What are the most cost effective changes that I can make to improve energy efficiency?

This course is intended to serve as a guide in answering questions about prioritizing energy efficiency investments for existing homes. By closely examining a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Resource Council, the Analysis of Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Existing Homes, this course will provide objective information about the most effective measures and/or equipment choices across five climate regions.

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Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding Systems

Natural slate is long–lived, durable, fire resistant and waterproof. This revolution in cladding applications offers a modern, sustainable and easy to install alternative with unique character.

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Innovative Green Concrete for Sustainable Construction

This course will provide learners with an introduction to Green Concrete. In addition, the course will examine the key components of Green Concrete Mixtures, illustrate some performance attributes of High-performance Green Concrete, and demonstrate the need for a process and methodology for quantifying sustainable concrete. Finally, the course will look at various project profiles that specified Green Concrete mixtures and how architects can incorporate this material to specify Green Concrete with a comparative life cycle assessment or Eco-Efficiency Analysis.

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Residential Water Heaters under the New 2015 Federal Standards - An Analysis of Energy, Economics, and Emissions

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.

Against this backdrop of new standards, products, and decision-making factors, this course will review a detailed analysis of water heating systems. This analysis compares water heating technologies based on their energy, economic, and environmental performance, with a focus on the performance of propane-based systems relative to electric and heating oil alternatives. The course also reviews the new federal standards for water heaters, and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.

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Designing and Building High Performance Homes with Propane

Over the last 15 years, the U.S. homebuilding industry has seen a remarkable transformation. Residential building systems have rapidly evolved to offer unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance. This course provides a data-driven look at the role of propane as an energy option in today's high-performance homes. The course compares propane with other available energy sources in terms of its availability, applications, and environmental footprint. At the technology level, the course examines 12 different propane applications in terms of their functionality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact.

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Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science professionals all have a long history of specifying stone wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of stone wool. This presentation will provide learners with information regarding the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. In addition, the course will provide basic information on acoustics as well as the acoustical challenges and resolutions faced in commercial buildings.

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Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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