BASIC ENERGY AUDITING

A. TARGET STUDENT:

A field engineer, junior energy auditor, lighting auditor or accomplished residential energy auditor aiming to become proficient in auditing large commercial and institutional facilities.

B. DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces the student to the wide variety of energy using systems found in large commercial and institutional facilities (many occur in residential and industrial facilities too). This course covers components that make up the various systems; how to identify them, how they work, how they are controlled, and the many ways in which energy consumption can be reduced. This class dovetails into Advanced Energy Auditing, where calculation methodologies are taught. Note: Lighting measure will not be covered.

C. ORGANIZATION:

Students will be encouraged to choose a building to audit and obtain utility billing data. Utility bill analysis will provide critical information on the building’s energy use plus other aspects that can be divined from the consumption data. The following training modules will be covered in the classes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Local Utilities and their incentive programs
  3. Types of energy audits
  4. Energy Audit Basics
  5. Utility rates and tariffs
  6. Weather
  7. Building Envelope
  8. Motors
  9. Fans
  10. Pumps
  11. VFDs
  12. Air Systems
  13. HVAC Water Systems
  14. Steam Systems
  15. Air Conditioning Systems Components
  16. Heating System Components
  17. Service Water Systems
  18. Compressed Air Systems

D. COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will be encouraged to choose a building to audit and obtain utility billing data. Utility bill analysis will provide critical information on the building’s energy use plus other aspects that can be divined from the consumption data. The following training modules will be covered in the classes:

  1. To introduce students to the energy using systems found in commercial and institutional facilities; how to identify them, how they work, how they are controlled and how energy can be saved.
  2. To discuss local utility incentive programs along with their requirements and reporting formats.
  3. To work through utility billing data analyses and how to put together a pie chart of facility energy use.
  4. To review information that should be gathered during building surveys, blue print reviews and through data logging.

E. TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES:

All information will be provided in class and sent electronically

F. GRADING PLAN:

The class is a non-credit class. However, CEUs (continuing education units) and/or PDHs (professional development hours) will be provided for attendance and completion of quizzes. Each class session counts for 0.2 CEUs or 2 PDHs.

G. CLASSES:

Classes will be held using the GoToMeeting app (there is no need to purchase this app.)
The next class will start on Thursday, September 25th and run from 3:30 to 5:30 Eastern time (Boston / New York). The course will held weekly at the same time for 12 sessions.

H. COST:

The cost for the Basic Energy Auditing class is currently $750. Call, or email Jim Guertin to sign up or respond on the website via the Contact Us page. Credit cards are accepted and a 5% discount is applied for more than one student from your organization that signs up.