Short Courses

These courses require 4 to 10 hours of effort

(1 Hour of Effort = 1 CEU)

Air Sealing Buildings (Short Course)
(7.0 CEUs) Air leakage is among the very most wasteful energy problems found in buildings. This short course defines the  air barrier, discusses how to find air leaks, and describes how to seal ducts and the holes they create through the building envelope.  
$175.00
Blower Door Testing (Short Course)
(8.5 CEU) Blower door testing is an important skill for reducing air leakage in buildings. Blower doors provide an initial air-leakage measurement of a building so you can budget the appropriate time and money for air sealing. During and after air sealing, workers can measure their air-sealing success.
$225.00
Building Evaluation Skills (Short Course)
(9.0 CEUs) Before we spend money on improving the building's energy efficiency, we do an energy audit. Energy audits require quite a bit of math and other evaluation tools. You need a wide variety of information to evaluate a home and to write a work order. This short course is part of our energy auditor course.
$200.00
Building Science Basics (Short Course)
(8.0 CEU) This building science short course helps you develop a deep understanding of how buildings work. Building science also prevents you from believing energy myths that you’ll hear often from customers, sales reps, and coworkers.
$200.00
Combustion Testing and Combustion Venting (Short Course)
(6.0 CEUs) Many combustion heating systems in existing buildings have problems with fuel-burning and the venting of combustion byproducts. This short course explains the basics of combustion safety testing and combustion venting systems.
$175.00
Duct Airtightness Testing (Short Course)
(5.0 CEU) This short course discusses two ways of evaluating or measuring duct leakage: pressure-pan testing and duct-blower testing. Pressure-pan testing helps to evaluate duct leakage and locate duct leaks. Duct-blower tests quantify air leakage to help energy auditors estimate how much time and effort to spend sealing the ducts.
$125.00
Duct Energy Efficiency (Short Course)
(5.0 CEUs) The main aspects of duct energy efficiency are these: duct air sealing, duct insulation, and airflow through ducts. The purpose of this short course is to help you think about ducts holistically and to understand how ducts relate to heating and cooling efficiency.
$150.00
Gas Combustion Heating (Short Course)
(5.5 CEU) Understand the operation of furnaces, space heaters, and hydronic boilers. Recognize the different types of gas furnaces, understand how they work, and find out how to make gas heating systems safer and more efficient.
$150.00
Heating and Cooling Equipment Fundamentals (Short Course)
(7.0 CEUs) Learn to identify different types of heating-and-cooling systems. Energy specialists must know how to provide safety and efficiency for HVAC equipment and to understand the basics of equipment service and replacement.
$175.00
HVAC Basics (Short Course)
(8.0 CEU) The many components and processes of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are challenging to understand. The purpose of this course is to help you understand how HVAC systems work, and how to make them more efficient.
$225.00
Insulation Materials and Equipment (Short Course)
(9.5 CEU) Understand the materials and equipment used in the insulation trade. Study insulation material characteristics and installation methods in this short course.
$250.00
Low-Energy Cooling (Short Course)
(8.5 CEUs) If we reduce solar heat gains, air leakage, and internal gains, we can use air circulation and nighttime cooling to reduce air-conditioning costs.
$250.00
Mobile-Home Weatherization (Short Course)
(9.0 CEUs) Mobile and manufactured homes are different in many ways from site-built homes. Insulation levels in the roof, walls, and floors are minimal. You will learn of variety of air-sealing, insulation, and repair methods in this 6-lesson course.
$225.00
Moisture Management for Buildings (Short Course)

(8.0 CEUs) Moisture is most destructive force affecting buildings. Learn how to stop moisture from affecting human health and building durability.

$200.00
Reducing Baseload Energy (Short Course)
(6.5 CEUs) Baseload energy includes water heating, lighting, and and refrigeration. Baseload energy may be up to half of the total energy that a building uses, especially in mild climates. Learn about the behavior changes, retrofits, and equipment replacements that save baseload energy.
$175.00
Wall Insulation Methods and Materials (Short Course)
(5.0 CEU) In most retrofit jobs, wall insulation presents the challenge of insulating the cavity that you can't see. This course discusses the materials and methods of installing wall insulation to a uniform coverage and density to optimize the R-value and prevent air circulation in the cavity.
$125.00
Whole Building Ventilation (Short Course)
(8.0 CEU) As we make buildings more airtight, we need to install whole building ventilation. Air leakage isn't a reliable means of ventilation. Study indoor-air quality, air leakage, and ventilation strategies. Learn a variety of ventilation systems and discuss how to install them.
$200.00
Windows and Doors (Short Course)
(9.0 CEUs) Understand the characteristics, performance factors, and installation procedures of windows and doors. Windows and doors present complex and challenging decisions for energy efficiency.
$250.00
Worker Health and Safety (Short Course)
(8.0 CEU) Workers face a variety of hazards on the job site. In this course, we focus on the most statistically dangerous of these hazards, including falls, back injuries, repetitive motion, extreme weather, driving, tools, noise and confined spaces.
$225.00