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AIA+2030 Professional Series @ Audubon Center, Concord, NH
Mar 27 – Feb 27 all-day

Professional Education Series

Beginning March 27, 2014
Audubon Center, Concord, NH
Credible scientists give us 10 years to be well on our way toward global greenhouse gas emissions reductions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Fifty percent of those greenhouse gas emissions can be traced to buildings. Proper tools and training are critical in order for architects to make a difference.

To impact the threat of climate change, Architecture 2030®, a non-partisan, national not-for-profit started by renowned architect Ed Mazria AIA Member Emeritus, has issued the 2030 Challenge® asking the global architecture and building community to reach the goal of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.

AIANH is taking tangible steps toward reaching that goal. One of those steps is presenting the AIA+2030 Professional Series™, a 10-session program of intermediate-to-high-level professional development courses designed to provide specific ways to make our built environment energy-efficient. The courses address items such as Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Modeling, Active Solar Systems, and a variety of techniques and strategies specific to creating the type of buildings we need to be creating in the future.

Climate Change is real. Architects and other building industry professionals have solutions. AIANH is looking forward to working with the design community and beyond to take on the 2030 Challenge!

40 AIA HSW LUs for the full program
Participants for this Educational Series must sign up for all ten-sessions. However, firms or companies may purchase “seats” and send different people to attend the sessions, who can then share the information with people back at the office.

U.S. Green Building Council – Maine Chapter – Seminar
Dec 3 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

December 2014 Green Eggs | Advocacy for Climate Change and Green Building

December 3, 2014
7:30am – 9:00am
Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME
$15.00 members
$20.00 non-members


In the third session of our Green Eggs series entitled “Climate Change and the Built Environment” we’ll hear from local advocates regarding advocacy opportunities and imperatives for climate change challenges and green building.

About Green Eggs and to Register

Green Eggs is the Chapter’s monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic relevant to green buildings. Networking and breakfast, featuring a full breakfast – local, organic, creative – prepared by Local Sprouts Cooperative, will take place from 7:30 – 8:00 followed by a 45 minute presentation and a 15 minute question, answer & discussion period. Attendance is limited and pre-registration with payment is recommended. Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non members. To register for the event, register here or e-mail to reserve your spot.

RESNET Combustion Safety & Workscope (CAZ) Online Training @ Online Training
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm


7 PDCsfor this class

3.5 CEUsfor this class


  • 24 Nov – noon to 1pm (training kickoff)
  • Dec 3, 9am – 12pm (training)
  • Dec 4, 9am – 12pm (training)
  • Dec 5 (testing)

Course Description

With increased national demand for comprehensive retrofits, the RESNET Board of Directors has made it a requirement that RESNET certified Raters must pass the Combustion Safety and Work Scope written exam and simulation prior to December 31st, 2014, to maintain the Rater Certification. This 7-hour online training designed for Raters who are also BPI certified, is conveniently spaced over just 1 week and will prepare attendees to take and pass the tests.

All existing Raters must pass both the written and simulation CAZ exams by January 1, 2015, to maintain their Rater certification.

This RESNET Combustion Safety and Workscope Training fulfill this requirement.

*Raters who are not BPI analyst certified will need an additional 2 hours of field training by the end of 2014 to comply with RESNET standards.*

Course Objectives

Targeting Health and Safety

  • Ambient Carbon Monoxide per RESNET standards
  • Measurement and protocols
  • Carbon Monoxide in unvented combustion appliances (ovens and ranges)
  • Combustible gas leakage testing

Heating and Cooling Systems

Vented Combustion Appliance Safety Testing

  • Interaction of combustion appliances and makeup air
  • Controlled and uncontrolled makeup air
  • Venting configurations and interaction with the building envelope
  • Depressurization, flame rollout, and backdraft
  • Configuring the home for Worst Case Depressurization testing
  • Measuring and documenting spillage
  • Carbon Monoxide in the venting flue
    • Variations in venting configuration and testing locations (venting & fuel types)
  • Predicting and adjusting for combustion safety problems
    • Correcting depressurization problems per RESNET protocols
    • Workscope recommendations based on CO and spillage testing results
  • Introduction to the RESCAZ training simulator
  • Differences between the BPI and RESNET testing protocols
All online sessions will be recorded for later viewing for our participants convenience.


Certified Passive House Consultant Training @ Pacific Energy Center
Dec 8 @ 7:30 am – Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm

Join the passive building leaders: Become a Certified Passive House Consultant!
Virtual (Phase I) sessions begin October 7, in-class (Phase II) in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Certified Passive House Primer course in NYC. @ AEA Main Office
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Certified Passive House Primer course in NYC.  @ AEA Main Office | New York | New York | United States

This course is aimed at anyone interested in high performance buildings, including architects, designers and consultants as well as contractors, product suppliers, educators and researchers.
This one day program will give attendees an in-depth insight into how Passive House bridges the performance gap focusing on the five key elements of insulation, airtightness, thermal bridging, windows and mechanical services.

– Define the Passive House Standard and explain Space Heating and Cooling Demand, as well as Heating and Cooling Load;
– Summarize key features of a range of built case study projects, including domestic and large scale commercial;
– Overview of key construction elements including insulation, airtightness, thermal bridging, windows, energy recovery ventilation;
– Complete a variety of hands-on classroom exercises in energy balance calculations;
– Appreciate practical construction issues based on a ‘pro-demo’ by practitioners involved in airtightness and high performance window installations;
– Understand the practicalities and benefits of using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP); and
– Appreciate key issues involved in designing projects to the Passive House standard

The Passive House Academy is hosting this Passive House Primer course in NYC.
This course is accredited by the American Institute of Architects and is worth 6.5 Learning Units

Passive House Modelling course with PHPP in NYC. NYSERDA 70% discount available. @ AEA Main Office
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – Dec 13 @ 5:30 am
Passive House Modelling course with PHPP in NYC. NYSERDA 70% discount available. @ AEA Main Office

This course is primarily aimed at building design professionals that have a good understanding of energy modeling for buildings. It would also suit graduates of the Certified Passive House Consultant / Designer program.
Three day immersion in the Passive House energy model

Day 1 Learning Objectives:
– Define the Passive House Standard and summarize key elements required for Certification;
– Summarize recent developments in the Passive House movement;
– Understand the approach to calculating an energy balance for a Passive House project;
– Provide an overview of the principle elements of the PHPP package;
– Describe the case study project being modelled in the training program;
– Interpret the Verification worksheet complete with building data as well as the Climata Data and Areas worksheets;
– Calculate U-values and complete the Wintype and Window worksheet – glazing and frames; and
– Understand the influence of shading on solar gains and initiative the Shading worksheet.

Day 2 Learning Objectives:
– Model the case study project in the Shading and Shading-S worksheets;
– Complete the Ventilation worksheet, involving air changes, heat recovery efficiency and infiltration;
– Interpret the overall project energy balance including Annual Heat Demand, Heat Load and Cooling worksheets;
– Appreciate key entry requirements in the DHW Distribution worksheet, including demand, storage and distribution and understand the Solar DHW worksheet;
– Calculate the electricity and auxiliary electricity demand for the project, specify the heating and cooling system and determine the overall Primary energy demand;
– Complete the ‘Spot the Mistakes’ challenge;
– Summarize and review the energy balance of the case study project;
– Set up and commence modelling individual projects in preparation for Day 3

Day 3 Learning Objectives:
– Model individual Passive House project from start to finish in PHPP with assistance from the Instructor;
– Optimize the energy balance for the modeled project and ascertain whether it meets the Passive House standard; and
– Gain the confidence to tackle any Passive House project and independently enter it into the PHPP.

The Passive House Academy is hosting this 3 days Passive House Modelling course with PHPP in NYC, December 11th to December 13th.

NYSERDA funding available!! 70% discount!

American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is worth 20 Learning Units
Building Performance Institute (BPI) and is worth 6 CEUs

OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Washington, DC - Catholic University of America - School of Architecture and Planning
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm

Course Description 

This 2-day hands-on course will teach students how to leverage the free NREL OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to quickly and efficiently generate flexible models for energy analysis. Students will learn effective modeling workflows for using the OpenStudio Sketchup Plugin to construct building form and fabric and assigning space attributes. HVAC and service hot water systems will be configured using the OpenStudio Application. The OpenStudio Application integrates with NREL’s Building Component Library (BCL), providing libraries of pre-defined configurable energy conservation measures for easily modifying energy models. PAT (Parametric Analysis Tool) will be used to demonstrate how model variants can be configured to run in cloud computing environments (Amazon EC2). Students will also be exposed to OpenStudio’s capabilities for extension through Ruby Scripting, both for creating custom energy conservation measures and for generating useful summary and detailed output.



14 PDHs for this class

Registration includes all workshop material & continental breakfast and lunch daily.

Course Objectives

  1. Learn to use the OpenStudio modeling ecosystem to effectively model the energy and lighting performance and consumption for new and existing buildings.
  2. Learn how careful OS model configurations can allow for rapid alterations and manipulations.
  3. Learn how to use the power of OpenStudio “measures” to easily evaluate changes to your building model.
  4. Learn how to configure the Parametric Analysis Tool (PAT) for conducting modeling studies
  5. Learn how to effectively extract and interpret results from PAT modeling studies

Course Agenda 

Day 1

Use the OS SketchUp Plugin to:

  • Load templates for providing default values
  • Import idf or gbxml files generated by other tools
  • Use Sketchup tools to create building spaces (form and fabric)
  • Rapidly assign space load definitions
  • Rapidly assign properties using construction and schedule sets at different hierarchies
  • Configure spaces for daylight controls
  • Create external shading objects/surfaces
  • Collect/configure spaces into Thermal Zones and assign thermostats

Use the OpenStudio Application to:

  • Use BCL to retrieve Configure Zonal Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Central HVAC systems and controls
  • Configure Service Water systems and controls
  • Add BCL measures to extend baseline model
  • Incorporate utility bills for model/billing comparison
  • Addition of measures to provide calibration roadmap

Day 2

Use Results Viewer to:

  • Graphically examine detailed mode output
  • Export detailed model output for further post-processing

Use Parametric Analysis Tool to:

  • Select and configure OS measures from the NREL BCL
  • Define simulation study by configuring Design Alternatives
  • Use the Amazon EC2 resource to execute the simulation study
  • Examine detailed model output

Special Topics

  • How to create a “measure” for use in OpenStudio
  • OpenStudio Measure
  • EnergyPlus Measure
  • Reporting Measure
  • How to share measures to the BCL
  • How to manage large simulation studies
Passive House Consultants Training Program @ Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Jan 11 – Jan 18 all-day
Passive House Consultants Training Program @ Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Yestermorrow is pleased to partner once again with Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) and offer the complete Passive House Consultants Training program. This will be the only location in the U.S. to provide the full training via an in-person format.

The Passive House concept represents today’s highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. In the realm of super energy efficiency, the Passive House presents an intriguing option for new and retrofit construction in residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

The Consultants Training Program covers the content and exercises that teach the principles and tools of passive energy design and consulting. The course will train the participant to put a measurable and verifiable extremely low energy metric and holistic systems design into practice to create highly comfortable, very low energy buildings with exceptional indoor air quality at an affordable cost. Energy, design, engineering, construction, and other related professionals will be provided with the skills necessary to design and consult on certifiable building projects that meet the Passive House building energy standard for all climate zones of North America.

The first half of the program focuses on basic low energy design practices, theory of heat transfer, the software tool WUFI Passive and its methodology to calculate the specific energy performance of single- and multi-family residential houses. The second half addresses mechanical systems design, Passive House retrofits, non-residential buildings, quality assurance, and economic feasibility. After passing a final exam (offered on the final evening of the program), participants earn the professional designation Certified Passive House Consultant (NaCPHC). Participants will need to bring a laptop, and have basic Excel knowledge.

PHIUS Certified Consultants Training Exam is optional and not included in the course tuition.

Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design @ Yestermorrow @ Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Jan 18 – Feb 22 all-day
Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design @ Yestermorrow @ Yestermorrow Design/Build School | Waitsfield | Vermont | United States

Our Certificate in Sustainable Building & Design provides students with a solid grounding in sustainable design principles, along with hands-on experience in the design/build process. Ranging from community-scale planning to the details of photovoltaic installation, the Certificate covers a broad spectrum of topics from small to large scale. Balancing theory with hands-on practice, students have the opportunity to explore alternative, innovative, and experimental design and building methodologies and materials. The certificate program is designed for those wishing to learn the art of design/build while developing a strong understanding of the concepts and methods of green design.

The Certificate program includes a three-week Core Curriculum, two additional week-long electives, and four elective weekend workshops. Students enrolled in the Certificate program will also be expected, with the support of an advisor, to participate in a practicum project and presentation after finishing the full curriculum. Through this culminating activity, the student documents his/her theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the area of sustainable building and design in a hands-on manner before a jury of professional architects and builders. The scope, topic, and form of the Practicum and presentation are determined by the student and advisor, depending upon the skills, interests, and focus of the student.

There is no official start or end date to the program, though we strongly suggest that students begin the program with the Core Curriculum. One can participate as classes are available and as one’s schedule permits. With careful planning some participants complete the program within six months, while others might chip away at it over several years. There are no prerequisites and no application process for entering the program. It is open to all who are interested.

ENERGY STAR 3.0 Training @ Online
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm


18 PDCsfor this class

8 CEUsfor this class


Why Take the Course:

  • Home buyers are increasingly seeking energy efficient homes and recognize the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Differentiate your business by demonstrating your commitment to quality, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and the environment.
  • Builders of ENERGY STAR homes experience less risk of post sale issues; higher customer satisfaction; and meaningful competitive differentiation.

Course Description:

This 16 hour training will be split up into 4 convenient half day online sessions. Each session will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00pm Eastern. If this schedule does not work with your schedule, please contact us for other possible options.

This training will cover the new requirements of ENERGY STAR for New Homes version 3 program. The training will include an ENERGY STAR v3 Overview, Thermal Enclosure Rater Checklist, HVAC Quality Installation Rater Checklist, Water Management Builder Checklist, and question answer sessions. At the conclusion of the training each participant will take an online test to qualify for the completion certificate.

Materials: All attendees will receive a downloadable manual for:

  • Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Contractor Checklist
  • HVAC System Quality Installation Rater Checklist
  • Water Management System Builder Checklist (or Indoor airPLUS Verification Checklist)

*Raters may optionally purchase a hard copy of the manual for an additional $100, however all material is available in electronic form included with the cost of training.

Trainers: Ethan MacCormick and Emelie Cuppernell (Meet the Trainers)

Upon completion of the course you will receive continuing education units (CEUs).