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LBNL’s “Smart Ventilation” Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) scientists, led by Max Sherman and Iain Walker, are investigating whole-house ventilation options to support California's Zero Net Energy Homes initiative. This research project is called Smart Ventilation for Advanced California Homes (SVACH). California's energy-and-climate goal calls for all new residential buildings in California to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020.   Smart Ventilation and Airtightness To meet ZNE requirements, the building industry must […]

Sliding Glass Doors: Comfort and Energy

Sliding glass door heat flow A sliding glass door’s large expanse of glass transmits a lot heat out of the home in the winter and into the home in summer. This heat flow takes three forms: heat conducts directly through the glass in winter, solar heat transmits through the glass in summer, and air that leaks around the edges of the door. Heat travels rapidly through glass when there is […]

Attic Vents and Venting – Part 2: Beyond the Simple Vented Attic

Attic vents and attic venting are the most familiar and reliable roof venting option. That was the subject of part 1 of this post. But they may not work depending on the building's design. Features like sloping ceilings and cathedrals may dictate an unvented attic. An unvented attic and insulated roof are also a good idea if the building's HVAC system and ducts are in the attic. This strategy keeps the mechanical […]

Attic Vents and Venting – Part 1

Attic vents and roof venting serve a variety of purposes, depending on roof design and climate. These purposes include preventing ice damming, drying building materials, and controlling solar heat gain. In cold climates, we want to avoid ice damming by keeping the roof deck cold. In all climates, we want ventilation air moving against the roof deck to help keep our vulnerable roof deck dry. Roof ventilation also helps to prevent solar […]

Books, field guides, and tech briefs for the building performance industry.
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Visit our bookstore for a wide choice of publications. Consider the Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency to save energy at home. Take a look at Residential Energy or the Energy Auditor Field Guide if you're a student or technician in the fields of home energy auditing and retrofits. Get our technical briefs and reference sheets for quick access to useful information.

Licensed lessons and courses across a wide variety of topics.
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Over the years, we've collaborated with utility companies, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the Building Performance Institute (BPI), and the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to develop industry leading courses and publications. Now you can bring this wealth of information and experience to your training program. Maybe you represent a community college, a professional training organization, or a large company wanting to train internally. The course and lessons in Saturn Curriculum are flexible enough to meet your training needs.

Capture, develop, share, and effectively use organizational knowledge.
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We harvest and store knowledge in print publications, electronic publications, and online-learning curricula. Don't let your organization's knowledge walk out the door with your retirees.

We offer dozens of free articles that show you how to reduce energy consumption.
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Topics cover residential, multi-family, and commercial buildings. All are available here for online viewing. Let us know if you're interested in licensing them for your use.

Certification courses, continuing education, and professional development.
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We deliver online courses that prepare energy professionals for certification exams, to further career development, fulfill job training requirements, and provide continuing education. We offer courses for RESNET, BPI, Weatherization and others.

Get your own online training center.
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We can install, host, and administer your Learning Management Systems. Some LMS features include automatic enrollment, student performance records, and activity reports. Deliver your own online training using our licensed lessons, or we can help you get your existing content online.