and Energy Efficient Building
Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. This course will explain what products are on the market, and what rebates and incentives are available for those who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components. The course will also bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner. Students successfully completing this course will gain confidence in their ability to provide valuable information to their customers regarding renewable and energy efficient options.
Wind Power I
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind’s energy. 2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production. 3) Appreciate some of the “Pro vs. Con” debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy.
2. Products and Components
3. Sources of Energy Production
4. Offshore Production: Pros and Cons
5. Onshore Production: Pros and Cons
Wind Power II
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the home owner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.
1. Distributed wind power
2. Automation and Safety Factors
3. Grants and Incentives
4. Residential and Small Business Wind Generation
Solar Energy Use I
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use. 2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection. 3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment.
1. Solar Energy: Passive/Active
2. Solar Photo Voltaic
3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
4. Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5. Rebates and Incentives
Solar Energy Use II
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand some small business or home owner advantages. 2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy. 3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar.
1. Small Business Systems
2. Residential Use
3. Solar Pros and Cons
4. Structural Considerations
5. Installation and Mounting Considerations
Solar Energy Use III
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy. 2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States. 3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means.
1. Solar Harvesting
2. Solar Power Plants
3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
Energy Efficient Building
Learning Objectives. 1) Realize how much energy is consumed by building construction and building use. 2) Be aware of the amount of time people spend indoors…and how unhealthy a lack of natural lighting can be. 3) Recognize the value of “building green”; from both the perspective of the builder and the building owner.
A. Environmental and Economic Imperatives
B. Green Building Practices
C. Cost and Initial Investment
Learning Objectives. 1) Understand the importance of building placement on the lot. 2) Be aware of various “Brownfield” site clean-up methods. 3) Realize the need for soil erosion control and basic methods. 4) Understand common efficiency and recycling methods for water use and recycling.
A. Evaluating the Jobsite
B. Brownfield Remediation Strategies
C. Natural Ecosystems
D. Managing Erosion
E. Water Pollution
Learning Objectives. 1) Understand thermal-mass properties and the advantages of using high-thermal-mass materials. 2) Be aware of available strategies to reduce heating and cooling costs. 3) Understand the advantages of “Green Power” generation and the difference between wind farms, photovoltaic, geothermal and biomass power plants and potential advantages or disadvantages for both.
A. Solar Heating and Cooling
B. Renewable Energy Sources
C. Geothermal Power
Learning objectives. 1) Understand financial advantages for solar energy generation. 2) Be aware of building materials using recycled content. 3) Understand the importance of construction-site air quality as well as building interior air-quality. 4) Understand the advantages and process for LEED certification.
A. Photovoltaic Systems
B. Recycled Materials
C. Indoor Air Quality
D. LEED Rating
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