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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.

Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Small Building Re-Tuning @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Aug 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Small commercial buildings often lack the sophisticated energy management and control systems found in large buildings, making them difficult to commission, operate and maintain.  Lack of proper operation and maintenance leads to inefficiencies, reduced lifetime of equipment, and, ultimately, higher energy costs.  

Please join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Small Building Retuning training, and how it can benefit you and your business.  Learn how the training will teach you techniques and strategies to maintain building systems, make them more efficient, and target areas for improvement.  Meet our trainers, who will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.

Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – HERS Rater @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Sep 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


Raters are distinctly qualified to conduct HERS ratings and  provide verification for ENERGY STAR, LEED, and Energy Efficient New Home tax credits.  learn how you can expand your business into this growing and lucrative field of home performance.

This webinar will give a brief overview of our HERS Rater training.  The training and testing, including classroom and field work, forms a comprehensive training experience that is accredited through the Residential Energy Services Network.

Leveraging and Extending OpenStudio – Measure Authoring – ASHRAE Atlanta @ ASHRAE Atlanta
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Course Description

This course will introduce two important and powerful topics that can be explored using the OpenStudio ecosystem – authoring of custom ‘measures’ and the numerical quantification of simulation related uncertainties. Participants will learn the fundamentals of OpenStudio measure authoring, and will gain an understanding of how the flexible OpenStudio architecture can be manipulated to accomplish simulation goals. Methods for using OpenStudio tools to determine simulation related uncertainty will be shared, along with examples studies.

Course Agenda

8:00–8:30: Arrive and ensure software is installed and configured properly

8:30–8:45: Introductions

8:45–10:15: Review OpenStudio Object Model

Overall review of OpenStudio software architecture:

  • Building / Story / Zone / Space / Surface / Subsurface
  • Loads and Load Definitions

Discussion of Inheritance hierarchy:

  • Assignment at Building vs Story vs Space Type vs Space
  • Space Types

Measures – Core Fundamentals:

  • Where measures are applied in OS workflows
  • 3 Types (OpenStudio / EnergyPlus / Reporting)
  • Best Practices – Measure Specifications

10:15–10:30: BREAK

10:30–12:00: Understanding the OpenStudio SDK

  • Major / Minor Releases
  • Available Class Lists / Objects

12:00–1:00: LUNCH

1:00–1:30: Best Practices for authoring measures

  • Text Editor vs IDE
  • Sources for sample measure code
  • Unit Testing

1:30–3:15: Hands on exercises

  • Writing an OpenStudio Measure
    • Modifying an existing OpenStudio measure
  • Writing an EnergyPlus Measure
    • Modifying an existing EnergyPlus measure
  • Writing a Reporting Measure
    • Modifying an existing Reporting measure

3:15 – 3:30: BREAK

3:30 – 4:00: Introduction to Uncertainty Analysis (UA) in building simulation

  • Probabilistic approach to building energy simulation
  • Determining uncertainty of inputs

4:00 – 4:30: Setting up the UA simulation runs in OpenStudio

  • Setting up measures to describe input parameter uncertainty
  • Creation of new measures for uncertainty analysis
  • Cloud simulation parameter inputs

4:30 – 5:00: Interpreting the results

  • Visualization tools
  • Post processing
  • Creating the savings probability distribution
Large Building Re-Tuning @ Online Training
Sep 9 @ 12:30 pm – Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm


Time: Five 4-hour sessions delivered over two weeks; 12:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Dates: September 9, 10, 11, 16, 18


  • Receive 20 PDHs upon completion

Course Description

This online training course will introduce you to graphical diagnostic aids that can be used for monitoring and testing the performance of economizers and chillers. Course attendees will learn how to optimize set points, schedules, and sequences to save energy without sacrificing the comfort of the occupants of the building. Specifically, attendees will learn how to:

  • Utilize trend data to evaluate hot/cold calls
  • Diagnose operating conditions of equipment
  • Evaluate equipment schedules compared to actual operating hours
  • Avoid manual system overrides by holistically evaluating building systems

The benefits of attending this training are:

  • Improved awareness of inefficient building operating conditions
  • Improved monitoring of system and equipment functioning over time
  • Trouble-shooting and action-planning based on data observations
  • Better operating conditions – comfort improvements and energy savings

Course attendees will be given access to remote support services to help them take their own building through the retuning process.

Who’s the course for?

This training is for O&M staff (property management companies) and offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or controls vendors) hired to maintain and/or improve the performance of the building systems, as well as energy engineers and auditors.

NEHERS Webinar- Understanding Effective Integration of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in New England
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Join us for the NEHERS September 10th Webinar

Understanding Effective Integration of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in New England

This webinar will discuss various important design/application elements professional energy raters should consider when reviewing geothermal heat pump applications. Our presenter, Martin Orio, is a self-appointed “English Translator” of geothermal HVAC technology for his geothermal design/distribution business and for The New England Geothermal Professional Association. His time “on the road” is spent informing both residential and commercial interests in New England on the costs, options and proper application of ground-source heat pump technology.


Register now!

Open House @ Viessmann Manufactoring Company
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Viessmann 2014 Fall Open House Event

Viessmann Manufacturing Company will host its annual Open House Event on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the iconic Viessmann facility in Warwick, RI.

This popular free event kicks off the heating season with state-of-the-art technical training, product information and demonstrations, networking, delicious Texas BBQ, promotional giveaways and more.

Trade professionals are invited to experience a day of best-in-class training and information sessions with the world’s leading heating products and solutions.

Viessmann’s Open House sessions will include a comprehensive product overview, renewable (biomass and solar) products, residential boilers, commercial boilers, controls, new product updates, extended warranty and Viessmann’s Partner Program.

The new Vitomobile, Viessmann’s mobile live-fire training lab equipped with the Vitodens 100, 200 Racking System and 222-F models, will offer hands-on demonstrations.

Viessmann’s expert staff of trainers, technical support and sales reps will be on-hand for the training, product demos and to answer questions.

All-you-can-eat, award-winning Texas-style BBQ buffet will be served for lunch.

Space is limited. To register for Viessman’s Fall Open House Event, trade professionals need to contact their Viessmann sales rep by September 3, 2014.

TREAT Multifamily High Rise Workshop @ Online Training
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Date: September 10th, 1-3pm (EST)

Price: $95 / $47.50 (NYSERDA Discount)

During this two hour webinar participants will create a TREAT model of a high-rise building step by step with the instructor. A computer with microphone and speakers, or a computer in conjunction with a phone are recommended for participation.

Topics included:

  • Strategic creation of spaces and surfaces
  • Transformation of HVAC audit data into TREAT inputs
  • Utility Bill upload, analysis and True-up
  • DHW inputs
  • Infiltration
  • Fans
  • Lights
  • Appliances
  • Improvements
  • Packages

To benefit the most from this webinar, participants should have prior experience modeling TREAT software, or have attended the introductory webinar.

Upon completion you will be eligible to receive 2 continuing education units (CEUs).


Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – TREAT Software @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Sep 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


TREAT is our award-winning energy audit software for comprehensive energy analysis and building modeling.
A winner of the prestigious R&D 100 award, TREAT is the only energy audit software approved by the DOE for all residential housing types – including multifamily. TREAT is market tested, with thousands of users enjoying accurate results for over a decade of supporting whole house energy audits.

Learn how training can help you to get the most from TREAT.  Our trainer will be available to answer your questions.


Understanding the Living Building Challenge @ Franklin Patterson Hall
Sep 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A special in depth presentation and discussion with Amanda Sturgeon, executive director of the International Living Future Institute, and others. Content will focus on knowledge expansion for industry professionals as well as the larger community. Learning components include: Seven Petals, The LBC imperatives, Living Building materials considerations, especially goals and methods of the red list, progress towards a Declare Building (where all materials can be found on the ILFI Declare list), and regenerative design.