Ongoing

Ground Source Heat Pump - Accredited Installer Workshop

Online
$1250

The three day comprehensive Installation Workshops are designed for GSHP installers, contractors, dealers, home builders, manufacturers, distributors, architects, heating cooling mechanical engineers, trenching/water well drilling contractors, and anyone who desires a working knowledge of this innovative technology. Representatives from public utilities, private utilities, and rural electric cooperatives can also benefit from training. Information gathered from the workshops can help utility representatives serve as a source of information regarding money-saving concepts. Upon successful completion of the workshop and passing the IGSHPA installer’s exam, you will be issued IGSHPA accreditation as an installer of GSHP systems. You will receive an installer’s card and a certificate for 3 years.

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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Building Science Fundamentals

7865 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673
$1075

The cutting edge of design and construction involves enhancing the performance of our buildings to ensure that they last longer, use less energy, and are healthier and more comfortable to inhabit. As we push this edge further, we learn more about the physical phenomena that affect our buildings and how to design in accordance with the laws of physics and the forces of nature. In this class we will explore the field of building science to inform best practices for design and construction of the built environment. With a primary focus on moisture and thermal dynamics, we will identify typical weaknesses and develop strategies for improvements of various building envelopes. Through lecture, case study, hands-on testing, demonstration, design exercises, and design review, students will not only learn the science behind building performance but have the opportunity to apply their knowledge. Some basic building literacy is strongly suggested. The Anatomy of the House course will give you a strong foundation in building literacy prior to this course.

Ongoing

RESNET HERS Rater Training

Online and In Person
$2,595

This comprehensive training has everything a student needs to be well prepared to become a HERS rater. HERS Rater Training is the first step towards Rater Certification. Both online and classroom components are required for Rater Certification.

Early Bird Discount deadline is December 21, 2022. Final registration deadline is January 4, 2022. 

Training Schedule:

Training 1: January 17, 2022 - January 28, 2022

Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm and Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm (EST)

Training 2: February 7, 2022 - February 11, 2022, 8:30am-5:00pm

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Winooski School Renovation Project Webinar

Online
Free

Ian Donahue PE, Project Manager with LN Consulting will present an overview of the mechanical system design for the Winooski School District Capital Project. This would include discussing the heat pump system(s) which will provide space conditioning along with the ventilation systems for the facility. The Winooski Schools complex houses 850 students from PK-12 in a single facility. TruexCullins Architecture led a master planning process aimed to modernize and transform the district’s aging facilities into 21st century learning environments that support the school’s pedagogy and values. LN Consulting of Burlington VT was in charge of the mechanical system design. The result is a $57.8m addition and renovation project that revitalizes the existing facilities while including environmental benefits such as geothermal heating and cooling, energy recovery ventilation, and solar-ready features. AIA Credits Pending Approval.

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Air to Water Heat Pumps – Technology Overview and System Applications

Online
$5-$10

AIA Vermont is hosting this course, in partnership with Efficiency VT, to provide a training for architects on the types of air to water equipment available on the market, how the equipment functions, and the differences between mono-bloc and split system types, as well as basic hydronic and hydro-coil applications for space conditioning and domestic hot water applications. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to: Recognize and understand the two different equipment types of air to water heat pump systems, and determine which is appropriate for a given application. Understand delivery options for distribution and domestic hot water use with air to water equipment. Understand the fundamentals for good quality distribution design that aligns with air to water equipment capabilities. Have an understanding of hydronic distribution fundamentals. Earn 1 LU (Pending)

Two sessions

Mentoring Skills to Develop and Retain Your Workforce

Windham Regional Career Center 80 Atwood St. Brattleboro, VT 05301
SEON Members $200; Non-members $250

This course is about learning the approach and skills of leading as separate from managing. Both are important skills in bringing successful completion to a project, but leadership skills at the crew leader level oftentimes are secondary to project management skills. Yet they are confronted with issues of: “How do you convey your commitment of high expectations?”, “How do you emphasize the importance of ongoing learning in the face of climate change?”, “How do you give performance feedback and not compromise the motivation of the employee?”, “How do you create a culture of respect given the presence of a divergent workforce (women and LGBTQ)?” These are leadership issues and successful skills increase employee retention and development. This is a 2-part course covered in two 4-hour sessions.

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Integrated Control Program for Ductless Heat Pumps with Daikin One

Online
Free
  • Introduction of the Efficiency Vermont Integrated Controls Program
  • How to use the Daikin One Control as an integrated control solution
  • Install and set up of Daikin One with Aux. Heat
  • Review of Daikin heat pump products with installation tips

*Qualifies for 2 EEN continuing education credits

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2022 Solid-State Lighting Workshop

Online
Free

Solid-state lighting technology is nothing short of revolutionary. Yet we know there is still technology development headroom to raise the bar for efficiency, quality of light, controllability and connectivity, and overall environmental footprint. We also know there is more we can do to remove barriers that still stand in the way of greater deployment of advanced lighting solutions. What will it take to truly change the lighting paradigm and arrive at a place where energy-efficient lighting systems are simpler to install, are easier to operate, enable dynamic control, and provide clear productivity and health benefits—with less environmental impact?

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Shelter from the Storm: Powering Community Resilience Hubs

Online
Free

Community resilience hubs are locally identified and community-serving facilities that provide residents year-round access to support resources. During extreme weather, they can reduce the burden on emergency response teams by supplying power before, during, and after grid outages through onsite energy systems. Learn from Better Buildings partners who have successfully identified buildings and leveraged energy efficiency, distributed generation, and storage resources to ensure critical community facilities are online when they are needed most.

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Healthy Building Materials

Online
$350

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. We will begin to connect the health crisis that is ever present in our lives to our built environment and explore alternatives that are healthier for people and the planet. We will develop an awareness of the importance of choosing the most appropriate materials for our building projects, not only to help drawdown embodied carbon from our work, but also to choose healthy materials for both interior and exterior finishes.

The February 2022 course will run on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM Eastern Time from Feb 2 to February 23, 2022 for a total of four (4) 2-hour sessions.

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Construction 101

St. Albans
FREE to qualifying Vermonters; STIPENDS – $300/week for qualifying students

Start a new career in the high-demand, good-wage, construction trades of carpentry, electrical, HVAC, pipe-fitting, plumbing, maintenance, weatherization or site preparation by enrolling in Construction 101. Construction 101 prepares trainees for entry-level work in the construction trades. Construction Laborers perform a range of construction activities on residential, commercial, new and/or existing construction sites. Duties range from framing buildings, foundation and site preparation, running wiring, building and apartment maintenance, to creating or installing metal framing and ductwork. ReSOURCE’s Construction 101 training program is provided with the support of Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO). Construction 101 trainees learn about the different trades and receive the foundation knowledge and experience to enter the one that most interests them.

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First Aid/ CPR/ AED

1 Graves Street PO Box 750 Montpelier, VT
VTAGC members $100; Non-members $125

American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid CPR/AED course covers CPR/AED for adults and children and First Aid, including relief from choking, seizures, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, allergic reactions, EpiPen use, burns, bites, poisoning, broken bones, bleeding control, bandaging, glove removal, temperature-related emergencies, and how to aid with other life-threatening conditions. This course is for new or renewing/recertifying students. Course length: 4.5 hours Certification: American Heart Association - Official 2-year certification card given at class

Ongoing

Certificate in Building Science and Net Zero Design (Online)

Online
$4,580

Net Zero buildings are carbon neutral structures that integrate hyper-efficiency with renewable technologies. They are at the cutting edge of sustainable design, and a key strategy for policymakers addressing climate change. Net Zero designs are made possible with an understanding of building science- the analysis of how physical phenomena, including heat, moisture, air movement, and gravity affect buildings. Building science provides a body of knowledge for designers to use these forces to maximize comfort and minimize energy use. Through lecture, case study, demonstration, hands-on testing, and design exercises, students will gain a firm grasp of the science behind building performance and begin to explore how to design in accordance with the laws of physics and the forces of nature. If you are a designer, builder, project manager, property owner, or policy professional, or are moving toward one of these careers, a firm understanding of building science and the path to net-zero buildings is fast becoming a critical credential for any successful practitioner. Prerequisite: basic building literacy or enrollment in Yestermorrow’s Anatomy of a House course, occurring prior to the Certificate program.

The Spring 2022 Certificate in Building Science & Net Zero Design will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00PM Eastern Time from February 28 to April 20, 2022 for a total of eighteen (18) 3-hour sessions.

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Building Energy Boston

Westin Boston Seaport, Boston, MA
$575.00 for both days

BuildingEnergy Boston is a conference designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. Sessions are curated by a volunteer NESEA-Member content committee to ensure that conference sessions are genuinely useful to attendees.

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Construction 101

Burlington ReSOURCE
FREE to qualifying Vermonters. STIPENDS – $300/week for qualifying students.

Start a new career in the high-demand, good-wage, construction trades of carpentry, electrical, HVAC, pipe-fitting, plumbing, maintenance, weatherization or site preparation by enrolling in Construction 101. Construction 101 prepares trainees for entry-level work in the construction trades. Construction Laborers perform a range of construction activities on residential, commercial, new and/or existing construction sites. Duties range from framing buildings, foundation and site preparation, running wiring, building and apartment maintenance, to creating or installing metal framing and ductwork. ReSOURCE’s Construction 101 training program is provided with the support of Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO). Construction 101 trainees learn about the different trades and receive the foundation knowledge and experience to enter the one that most interests them.

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Low Carbon Technologies: Strategies for Different Building Types

Online

It is possible for most building types to get to zero carbon emissions using technologies already available on the market today. Join this webinar to learn about the strategies some owners are already using – and those you could be using – to get buildings to low- and no-carbon.

Ongoing

Construction 101

Burlington ReSOURCE
FREE to qualifying Vermonters. STIPENDS – $300/week for qualifying students.

Start a new career in the high-demand, good-wage, construction trades of carpentry, electrical, HVAC, pipe-fitting, plumbing, maintenance, weatherization or site preparation by enrolling in Construction 101. Construction 101 prepares trainees for entry-level work in the construction trades. Construction Laborers perform a range of construction activities on residential, commercial, new and/or existing construction sites. Duties range from framing buildings, foundation and site preparation, running wiring, building and apartment maintenance, to creating or installing metal framing and ductwork. ReSOURCE’s Construction 101 training program is provided with the support of Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO). Construction 101 trainees learn about the different trades and receive the foundation knowledge and experience to enter the one that most interests them.

Ongoing

Certificate in Residential Design and Construction

7865 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673
$4,600

Yestermorrow’s Certificate in Residential Design & Construction brings together the core aspects of the school’s design/build curriculum into one cohesive and comprehensive package. For people interested in embarking on a career in the design or building trades, or those seeking deep involvement in the creation of their own dream home, the Certificate in Residential Design & Construction provides the appropriate skills and knowledge through a mix of design challenges, site visits, studio sessions, and hands-on, experiential project work.

This program is offered as a hybrid learning opportunity with 5 weeks of online design courses followed by 3 weeks of intensive hands-on learning. The schedule is as follows: Architectural Design (Online): Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm July 20- August 17. There will be weekly homework assignments to further your learning. The in-person component will begin on August 22 and end on September 9. There will be some evening and weekend sessions throughout the in-person portion. Beginner Level American Institute of Architects (AIA): 140 Learning Units

Ongoing

Super Insulation for Zero-Energy Buildings (Online)

Online
$350

Learn the basics of design and construction for Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) and Near ZEB for new construction & existing homes and buildings. These "green" buildings not only reduce our carbon footprint by saving energy, but are also extremely comfortable, quiet, healthy, and affordable when planned correctly. Participants will gain an understanding of what it means to set ZEB Energy Use Goals for projects, how to plan for achieving ZEB goals without reducing function, and how to achieve ZEB construction at the lowest cost.

This course will cover the fundamental subjects for achieving ZEB, including principles of life safety, fundamentals for healthy homes, principles of heat loss/gain, principles of insulation performance, principles of pressure plane integrity (air-leakage control), and the use of modeling tools and methods for determining paths to success. Discussions will include: functionality and durability; construction assembly choices that impact efficiency and cost; how design layout impacts HVAC systems' cost and plumbing costs; solar gain impact on buildings' inside living spaces; bulk water management; moisture management; fresh air management; and how capital investment will eliminate annual expenses to achieve a "return on investment" that is a net or positive cash flow from day one.