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Hanley Wood University

 

Propane Education and Research Council

  • Impact of Combined Heat and Power Systems in Residential and Commercial Buildings Course

    1 LU HSW/SD/AIA

    Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, as the name implies, serve dual purposes. First, they use a propane or natural gas generator to create electricity. The electricity produced from the generator is used by the home, reducing energy costs. If more electricity is generated than is consumed, the power can be sold back to the grid through net metering available in most states. Simultaneously, the heat from the engine is captured and used to warm the building or create hot water, further reducing energy costs. CHP units have been used in Europe for years and are now becoming more popular in the U.S. This courses is registered for the following education credits: 1 HSW/SD hour, AIA; 1 NAHB hour, 1 NARI hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Performance, HVAC, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    NAHB, NARI
  • Designing and Retrofitting with Propane Gas: An Overview of Energy Benefits and Available Incentives

    Making a home more efficient and environmentally friendly has become a hot topic for architects, builders, homeowners, and the government. Building codes are being reviewed and updated to improve minimum efficiency standards. Propane gas applications in the home are energy efficient, economical to operate and have a low impact on the environment. Having propane as the primary energy source can help in both green home design programs and to earn tax incentives for new and existing homes. This learning unit will touch on where propane can be used in residential buildings, how incorporation of propane appliances and systems can contribute to green building rating systems, and available tax and other incentives associated with propane appliances and systems. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Green Design, Sustainability
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
  • Propane-Enhanced Solar Water Heating

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    You will be able to explain why supplemental energy is often required to support renewable energy technologies. You will be able to describe how propane supplements three types of alternative energy technologies. You will be able to identify several limiting factors that will help you specify an appropriate renewable energy system. Finally, you will be able to identify basic functions of common features in three renewable energy technologies. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2011
    Subject(s):
    Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC, NAHB
  • Condensing Tankless Water Heaters: Using Propane for the Most Efficient Water Heaters on the Market

    1.0 LU HSW

    This learning unit will address the benefits of a Condensing Tankless Water Heater and explore how retrofitting a home with a Condensing Tankless Water Heater—or installing one in new construction—can offer the most energy efficiency of any water heater, even propane Tankless Water Heaters, which until now have been the most energy-efficient water heaters available. Propane Condensing Tankless Water Heaters are the wave of the future when it comes to super energy-efficient and environmentally friendly water heating. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, USGBC
  • Residential Energy Performance Upgrades: an energy, economic, and environmental analysis

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    Decisions on where and when to invest in residential energy efficient equipment can be tricky for a consumer, especially when it comes to paying a premium for higher efficiency equipment. This course focuses on the typical energy use for average single family detached households. Once you have completed this course you will be able to explain the difference between elective and non-elective energy efficiency measures (EEM) and identify the most beneficial EEMs in each of the five targeted climate zones covered. You will also be able to determine approximate payback periods for EEMs in your projects and to convey the costs and benefits of the EEM options to your clients. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2011
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI, USGBC, NAHB
  • Living Off Grid: Power Generation and Storage Basics

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    Living off the grid—independent of power utilities—has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Getting rid of power poles and natural gas lines has become an attractive notion to many homeowners whether they have a second home designed to be a summer or winter retreat, want a permanent outpost far from the madding crowds, or simply desire to become energy independent. While the basic challenges of living off-grid haven’t changed, solutions to these challenges have made the idea of getting away from it all much easier. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2010
    Subject(s):
    Technology
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI
  • Understanding the 2009 IECC Energy Code, Advanced Efficiency Programs, and their Implications for Propane

    1.0 LU HSW

    Navigating the seemingly endless number of codes influencing residential building can be daunting. This learning unit will address the primary sections in the IECC Energy Code, advanced efficiency programs and their implications as they relate to the use of propane. At the end of this course you will be able to identify the top regions in the United States where propane-fueled appliances are used in new homes, discuss the structure of the 2009 IECC - specifically the sections that impact propane in new single family homes and recognize the major compliance paths in the IECC. You will also be able to describe minimum efficiency requirements for propane-fired residential equipment and identify opportunities for the cost-effective use of these higher-efficiency systems. Finally, you will be introduced to green building codes and standards, including LEED for Homes and the National Green Building Standard, and will understand the overall role propane plays in earning points towards a home’s compliance. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, NARI, USGBC
  • Retrofitting Homes from Heating Oil to Propane: Efficiency, Economic and Environmental Benefits

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    By the end of this learning unit, you will be able to describe the history and current use of heating oil in the US. You will be able to identify which alternative fuel sources are available to current heating oil consumers, as well as be able to complete a heating analysis of alternative energy choices. You will be able to identify why propane is a superior alternative to heating oil. Finally, you will be able to explain considerations when converting from heating oil to another energy source and be able to find a propane retailer. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Subject(s):
    Water Heaters
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC, NARI, NAHB
  • A Comparative Analysis of Residential Water Heating Systems

    1.0 LU HSW

    This course will take a look at a study done on Energy, Environmental and Economic Analysis of Residential Water Heating Systems. This study provides an energy, environmental, and economic analysis of 11 residential water heating systems in 10 geographic locations throughout the United States, with emphasis on the performance of propane-based systems relative to alternatives. The objective of the study is to compare the different performance and economic characteristics of water heating systems to inform builder, contractor, and homeowner decisions on water-heater selection. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, NARI, USGBC
  • Specifying Propane Standby Generators: Installation and Value Considerations

    1.0 LU HSW

    Upon completion of this unit you will be able to describe the most common reasons for power outages in the U.S. You will be able to list the three main kinds of electrical generators available in the residential market and be able to identify the most reliable and appropriate fuel to power an electrical generator. Finally, you will be able to list factors that need to be considered before sizing a generator for a home, to ensure that it is safe and comfortable during power outages. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2010
    Subject(s):
    Energy Efficiency, Technology
    Sponsor:
    Propane Education and Research Council
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NAHB, USGBC, NARI