Ongoing

Deep Boreholes in Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Systems: Pressure Considerations & Installation Practices

Online
Free

Factors such as space limitations are forcing engineers to utilize deep boreholes to meet design requirements for ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems. In such cases, hydrostatic pressures must be considered to ensure successful installation can take place. This course focuses on the necessary calculations along with the recommended installation practices for deep geothermal borehole design and installation.

Who should enroll? Geothermal system designers, but particularly architects and engineers involved in commercial system design. You'll get access to the lecture video, an Excel calculator, and additional resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of deep bore design
  • Review current industry trends
  • Learn how to calculate and evaluate internal versus external hydrostatic pressures exerted on a system.
  • Determine the critical design factor, pipe burst or pipe collapse, and learn steps to avoid issues altogether.

This course was developed by the team at GeoPro, GeoConnections, and Dandelion.

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Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) - Office Hours with Efficiency Vermont

Online
Free

Are you getting started on a residential new construction building, or significant existing home renovations? Do you have questions on which building energy standards apply? Efficiency Vermont experts are here to answer your questions about the Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) or "energy code" for short.

The third Wednesday of the month from noon - 1:00 pm, join our monthly RBES - Efficiency Vermont Office Hours for assistance with RBES requirements and options available to meet energy code for your project. Our building experts will help work through questions. Anything from general to project specific is welcomed! If you're unable to join the office hours, you can direct your RBES questions to the Energy Code Assistance Center: 855-887-0673. If you have Office Hours questions or challenges joining the call please contact Bryn Oakleaf at [email protected].

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Women's Small Business: Financial Empowerment - 7 class/6 month course

Online
Free

***Register by July 15th for the class.*** Free online class that equips women and gender-expansive individuals who own or are starting a business with the tools, skills, and resources needed to build a strong, resilient business. Registration is for the entire class. The class sessions build upon each other and there is an expectation that participants will make an effort to attend all of the sessions.

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Why Passive House? The inside scoop with Ken Levenson

Online
Free

Four opportunities to learn the logic, the principles, the history, and the new frontiers of the Passive House. Find out how Passive House can change the way you think and work with buildings – how you can make radical decarbonization and affordable high-performance a given. This program will be offered on the following dates:  

  • Sept 9, 2022 | 12 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Oct 14, 2022 | 12 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Nov 11, 2022 | 12 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Dec 9, 2022 | 12 pm - 1:00 pm
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Healthy Building Materials

Online
$300 early bird / $325 after

Healthy Building Materials will take a dive into the broken promise of the statement “better living through chemistry.” Through assigned reading, case studies, videos and discussion,we will explore the effects of modern building products and household goods on our health.

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CBES Overview and Building Envelope Training

Efficiency Vermont office, 20 Winooski Falls Way, 5th Floor, Winooski 05404
Free

Join us for an overview and a closer look into building envelope requirements for VT 2020 CBES. AIA credit approval pending.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Compliance options for meeting the 2020 VT CBES
  2. Detailed information on moisture management strategies and envelope assemblies to protect against condensation and potential for fungal growth in the building, and the importance of mechanical ventilation on Indoor Air Quality
  3. Important key differences in the application of the 2020 VT CBES vs the 2015 version, focusing on specific assembly component considerations and options for the continuous insulation requirements of the code to mitigate condensation and mold risk. Will also mention anticipated changes with proposed 2023 CBES in rulemaking now.
  4. Detail on material options, and proper installation requirements for balanced ventilation systems (importance of duct design) to achieve good indoor air quality. 
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Brooks Memorial Library Table and Talk Series: What can I do as a renter?

Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro
Free

Visit Brooks Memorial Library for open office hours with an efficiency expert, followed by a workshop in the evening.

Open Office Hours: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Have a personal conversation with Brad Long of Efficiency Vermont to discuss you home, apartment or business energy use and what can be done to reduce it while becoming more comfortable. Brad will have information available on all topics pertaining to energy efficiency and would love to speak with you about how Efficiency Vermont can help through it’s services, financial incentives and state-wide partners.

Workshop: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Learn what an apartment renter can do to understand and reduce their energy use in their apartments and be more comfortable. Brad will have information and resources available from Efficiency Vermont and it’s partners aimed at helping apartment renters manage their energy use. He’ll also explain how apartment renters can take advantage of free energy saving products from Efficiency Vermont as well as how to schedule a private consultation through Efficiency Vermont’s virtual home energy visit.

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Accelerating Building Decarbonization with LEED

Online
$5 - $129

Join this session to learn how LEED addresses carbon holistically throughout the rating system and dig into the details for practitioners looking to decarbonize their buildings. Understand how to maximize carbon reductions through the revised LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C credit. Learn how to cut embodied carbon by leveraging Materials and Resources credit. Gain insights into the embodied carbon impacts of products and materials as found in the Materials and Resources credit. Explain the present and future role of decarbonization in LEED v4.1 and beyond.

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    CBES - Vermont Commercial Building Energy Code Public Hearing

    Online
    Free

    No registration required. Just join the call on the date and time noticed.

    The Public Service Department has begun the next update to the building energy codes--Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) and Commercial Building Energy Standards, (CBES)--which are expected to go into effect fall or winter 2023. The code update process has included multiple opportunities to provide input and feedback. As of 10/28 the Secretary of State has officially accepted the filings for the RBES and CBES. Public hearings will be held December 2nd, 2022. 

    • CBES hearing 10 am - 12 pm
    • RBES hearing 2 pm - 4 pm

    These meetings shall be held remotely via Microsoft TEAMS and recorded. Click below to join the meeting.

    The formal comment period ends on Friday, December 9. Comments can be e-mailed directly [email protected].

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    RBES - Vermont Residential Building Energy Code Public Hearing

    Online
    Free

    No registration required. Just join the call on the date and time noticed.

    The Public Service Department has begun the next update to the building energy codes--Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) and Commercial Building Energy Standards, (CBES)--which are expected to go into effect fall or winter 2023. The code update process has included multiple opportunities to provide input and feedback. As of 10/28 the Secretary of State has officially accepted the filings for the RBES and CBES. Public hearings will be held December 2nd, 2022. 

    • CBES hearing 10 am - 12 pm
    • RBES hearing 2 pm - 4 pm

    These meetings shall be held remotely via Microsoft TEAMS and recorded. Click below to join the meeting.

    The formal comment period ends on Friday, December 9. Comments can be e-mailed directly [email protected].

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    Get to know Enertech's Air to Water Heat Pumps

    Efficiency Vermont office, 20 Winooski Falls Way, 5th Floor, Winooski 05404
    Free

    Learn why Enertech is the best choice for an Air to Water (AtW) heat pump in Vermont. This technically rich presentation has limited seating so reserve your space today! Enertech's AtW heat pumps are excellent in low temp operations featuring built-in backup options in a high-quality, extremely quiet American made product. This course covers sales advantages, install techniques, product advantages and detailed product overview of incentive eligible AtW systems.

    • Contractor advantages to using our product: Easier Install
    • Sales and end user advantages, Quieter more efficient operation
    • Engineer advantages - streamlined offering less confusion when designing a system.

    This training will be held in-person at the Efficiency Vermont offices in Winooski. Parking is available on the street or in the parking garage on Cascade Way.

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    International Ground Source Heat Pump Association Annual Conference

    Nevada Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
    See website for details

    The annual IGSHPA conference held in Las Vegas, NV brings together industry partners, suppliers and skilled trades contractors from around the US and beyond. Attendees with enjoy a variety of workshops spanning across three days, and a chance to meet leaders in the geothermal market. Conference program can be found here.   

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    Energy Efficiency Policy Forum

    The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
    Early Bird rate $175 if registering between9/28 – 11/7; Regular rate $250 if registering between 11/8 – 12/8

    The 2022 Energy Efficiency Policy Forum will bring together stakeholders from the federal government, states, industry, and the advocacy community to talk about how all of this landmark legislation and regulation gets implemented—a big job considering that that the two bills represent more than $100 billion in new funding for programs that improve energy efficiency. We will also look to the future as our panelists discuss what is coming up on the administration’s regulatory agenda and what kind of action we can expect for energy efficiency in the next Congress. 9:00 – 9:30 AM Morning Coffee Social 9:30 – 10:30 AM Welcome & Opening Plenary 10:30 – 10:45 AM Networking Break 10:45 – 12:45 PM SESSION 1: Implementation of Inflation Reduction Act 12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch & KEYNOTE: Climate Goals & Energy Landscape 2:00 – 3:30 PM SESSION 2: Executive Actions 3:30 – 3:45 PM Networking Break 3:45 – 5:15 PM SESSION 3: Next Congress 5:15 – 6:00 PM Closing Reception

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    Westinghouse Product and Installation Training

    Online
    Free

    Introduction to the Westinghouse Mini-Split products. The session will provide details on the products available as well as a guide to installing the equipment.

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    Cracking the Success Code (1.5 BPI credits)

    Online
    The cost is $50 for all others, including BPI Certified Professionals who do not fall into the above categories.

    This session will discuss the success code for any organization, no matter your definition of success is. We will define the “code” - method, system of organizational success and discipline. Learn what every leader needs to know to lead their organization to success. Learn the success code. Learn what leadership judgements must be followed to achieve our desired success. All BPI Certified Professionals can earn 1.5 CEUs by attending.

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    Type S Electrical Test Preparation

    2 Educational Drive, Suite 200, Essex Junction, VT 05452
    $650

    The 30 hour SkillTech Type S Electrical Prep course helps you study and prepare to take the certification exam required for Type S Electrical licensure.

    This course is approved for 8 hours of required continuing education for A1 (automatic gas/oil heating) and C3 (refrigeration or air conditioning) licenses. It does not meet or replace the initial licensure requirements defined by the Electrical Board and the Department of Fire Safety and does not replace the requirements listed on the Electricians’ License Application Instructions. (Contact the Department of Fire Safety if you have questions about those requirements.)

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    National Electrical Code Update

    North Country Career Center, 209 Veterans Ave., Newport, Vermont 05855
    Type S License can attend Day 1 for $145, Full course is $245

    Calling all licensed electricians: earn your required 15 hours of board-approved code instruction locally! This class incorporates the International Association of Electrical Inspectors’ changes to the 2023 NEC program as well as Mike Holt’s Code Changes and is appropriate for those with licenses in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Those with Type S special licenses can attend day one of this class for their 8 hours of approved training for a reduced tuition of $145. New Hampshire electrical inspector Ken Vallery leads this class, bringing a sense of humor and real-world experience from his 30+ years in the field.