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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.

RESNET Combustion Safety & Workscope (CAZ) Field Training – Satisfies Continued Certification Requirements @ Long Island, NY
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


4 PDCsfor this class

Date & Time: October 21st 8am – 12pm
Location: Long Island, NY
Ethan MacCormick

Who should take this course?

  • HERS Raters: This 4 hour training will satisfy the RESNET CAZ field Training requirement for continued Certification as a HERS Rater.

Course description:

This training pairs nicely with our online training and offers  hands-on experience with Combustion Appliance Zone test equipment and house configuration. Student will participate in identifying the CAZ, setting up equipment, and configure the home for the worst case depressurization test.

Learn how fans, ductwork, and door configuration can all impact the test and how this can be measured. We will test for gas leakage, CO, and spillage per the RESNET protocol.

While the course pairs with our online training, Raters are not required to have taken, or to take, the online training to enroll for this field training. They can enroll for the field training regardless of whether or not they enroll for online training through PSD or any other Provider.

Accreditation: 4 RESNET PDCs upon completion.

TREAT Multifamily 16-Hour Online Training @ Online Training
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm


8 CEUsfor this class

Dates: October 21-24th
Times: 1pm-5pm

Course Description

PSD’s 16-hour comprehensive TREAT training, conveniently delivered through four four-hour live, online webinars, will expose attendees to time efficient modeling procedures and methods. Attendees will learn how to leverage the TREAT modeling software to model and evaluate typical improvement workscopes used by weatherization programs, construct energy models of multifamily buildings from ‘scratch’, and apply templates to streamline the evaluation of standardized improvements.

The course is comprehensive and will cover apartment sampling, energy model calibration, modeling strategies, data entry problem solving, billing analysis, quantifying interactions between systems, predicted energy savings, and calculating SIRs. Students will be given homework assignment each day so that they can practice building TREAT models.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to use the “Multifamily Existing Building Improvement-Driven Modeling Process” for improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings using TREAT
  • Integrate TREAT into the auditing process to improve overall project efficiency and productivity.
  • Build a TREAT model with an appropriate level of detail to generate savings and workscope reports
  • Demonstrate proper use of TREAT’s billing analysis tools to import a building’s actual energy bills and analyze baseline energy signatures and historical energy performance patterns
  • Incorporate ‘non-energy’ benefits (i.e. health and safety measures) into the TREAT model
  • Follow recommended procedure for ‘true-up’ of TREAT model
  • Create and analyze the investment potential of individual ECMs and interacting sets of improvements
  • Produce appropriate TREAT improvements reporting for weatherization projects
  • Use TREAT to determine actual energy savings vs. predicted energy savings


Modeling is now a BPI requirement. Upon completion you will be eligible to receive up to 8 continuing education units (CEUs).

Weatherize Your Home
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Weatherize your home
October 25th, 9-12 noon, Peter Talmage
FREE– There are many ways to improve the efficiency of your home that can save you lots of fuel. Many of these measures cost little to nothing. Learn these simple methods as well as some of modest cost and make your home more easy to heat and more comfortable. Sources of funding and available rebates will also be discussed.
To register: 413-863-8694

Free Webinar: Sneak Peek – Fundamentals of Measurement & Verification @ <span class='tag-free-webinar'>Free Webinar</span>
Oct 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Interest in M&V related skills as they apply to the built environment continue to grow, by building owners, practitioners, financiers and other stakeholders in the energy efficiency sector. Our Fundamentals of Measurement & Verification training provides an understanding of procedures and workflows for developing and executing M&V plans.

Please join us for a free 30-minute free overview of our Fundamentals of M&V training, and how it can benefit you and your business.

Certified Passive House Consultant Training @ Gridstar Center
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – Nov 7 @ 5:00 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.

RESNET Combustion Safety & Workscope (CAZ) Online Training @ Online
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – Nov 7 @ 11:00 am


7 PDCsfor this class

3.5 CEUsfor this class


  • Oct. 27 – noon to 1pm (training kickoff)
  • Nov 4, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 5, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 6, 9am – 11am (training)
  • Nov 7 (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.


Large Building Re-Tuning @ Online Training
Nov 4 @ 12:30 pm – Nov 13 @ 4:30 pm



20 PDHs for this class

Time: Five 4-hour sessions delivered over two weeks; 12:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Dates: November 4, 5, 6, 11, 13


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.


U.S. Green Building Council – Maine Chapter – Seminar
Nov 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

November 2014 Green Eggs | Building Resiliency

November 5, 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 are pleased to partner with the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council to deliver a program on building resiliency. Bill Turner of Turner Building Science will present on designing buildings to be resilient and meet the challenges of climate change.


Bill Turner, MS, PE, LEED AP is President/CEO at Turner Building Science. Mr. Turner has 30 years of experience in the implementation of
indoor air quality/HVAC evaluation and engineering HVAC/building science diagnostic programs evaluations in school, commercial, health care, laboratory, residential, and industrial settings. Experience includes HVAC & energy performance, occupant complaint, and building science / moisture evaluations, air monitoring data collection, quality assurance, technical report preparation, forensics/expert witness, and specific recommendations for corrective action.
He continues to provide often aclaimed training to may types of audiences, especially facility managers.

Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is an interdisciplinary, non-profit, non-partisan organization, with a diverse membership of physicians & nurses, engineers, maintenance managers, lawyers, toxicologists, insurers, industrial hygienists, respiratory therapists, educators, architects, legislators, and public policy decision-makers. The Mission of the Council is simply to promote quality of life through improved indoor environments

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.

OpenStudio 2-day Training @ Syracuse, NY - Syracuse Center of Excellence (COE)
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm



14 PDHs for this class

Date: November 5-6

Time: 9am-5pm

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.

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