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Code Track

Residential

If you work in the Florida residential construction industry, this series of courses will familiarize you with the energy code, the skills needed to use the energy code, and the tools to ensure compliance.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Florida Residential Energy Code Compliance: Methods, Tools, and Verification

Whether you're building or renovating residences, you should be familiar with the Florida Residential Energy Code. This course will introduce the code and help you and become skilled with the tools for compliance.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Picture of a computer monitor, signifying that the course is offered online.From Blueprints to Residential Energy Code Compliance

Examining the blueprints is one of the first steps to determine energy code compliance. This course will guide you through performing take-offs to perform compliance calculations.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Picture of a computer monitor, signifying that the course is offered online.EnergyGauge Pro Hands-On

Introduce yourself to EnergyGauge USA 3.0 by running energy simulations using complete house plans and take-offs.

Commercial

These courses train students to assess commercial buildings using hand-on measurements and the latest simulation tools to determine energy code compliance in Florida.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Florida Commercial Energy Code Compliance: Methods, Tools, and Verification

Obtain a working knowledge of the Florida Commercial Energy Code and introduce yourself to EnergyGauge Summit by running energy use simulations and reviewing code compliance reports.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Commercial Energy Code and Green Building Modeling Using EnergyGauge Summit

This course provides a more in-depth review of EnergyGauge Summit focusing on more detailed input of building information and analysis of the various reports.

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Explore the methods required to accurately assess commercial buildings and obtain your commercial energy rater certification.

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Rater Training Track

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PREREQUSITIE 1

 

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Examining the blueprints is one of the first steps to determining energy code compliance. This course will guide you through performing take-offs to perform compliance calculations.

PREREQUISITE 2

 

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Introduce yourself to EnergyGauge USA 3.0 by running energy simulations using complete house plans and take-offs.

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Class 3 Rater Training.

 

STEP 1

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Home energy ratings provide a standardized measure of energy costs and efficiency. Ratings in Florida can only be conducted by state-certified Rater. A Class 3 rater can rate new buildings only.

 

Class 2 Rater Training.

 

STEP 2

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Home energy ratings provide a standardized measure of energy costs and efficiency. Ratings in Florida can only be conducted by state-certified Rater. A Class 2 rater can rate new or existing buildings using site audit data.

Class 1 Rater Training.

 

STEP 3

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Home energy ratings provide a standardized measure of energy costs and efficiency. Ratings in Florida can only be conducted by state-certified Rater. A Class 1 rater can rate new or existing buildings using both site data and actual field performance tests of the building's energy efficiency.

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EXAMS

 

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Think you know what it takes to challenge the EnergyGauge or RESNET exams? Need to retake an EnergyGauge, Energy Star or RESNET exam? Register online for the date that is convenient for you.

 

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ELECTIVE

 

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This training is tailored for the home energy rater to fulfill the training requirement of Energy Star version 3.0.

 

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ELECTIVE

 

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If you're already a certified rater, enroll in this course to extend your rater status for three years.

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ELECTIVE

 

Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Refresher Course

Need a little review? This class is designed to "refresh" the certified rater in proper rating procedure and performance testing.

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ELECTIVE

Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Picture of a pencil, signifying that the course exam can be challenged or can be retaken.Combustion Safety

This course will familiarize HERS Raters with the new RESNET Combustion Appliance Safety Testing protocols outlined in Chapter 8 of RESNET Standards.

SERVICE

 

Combustion Performance Exam

FSEC requires a combustion performance exam in addition to the RESNET combustion safety requirements. The test will be performed at a real home which utilizes combustion appliances.  You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. See full description to schedule exam date and time.

SERVICE

 

Provisional Rating

As part of the FSEC Rater Agreement and the RESNET Standard a "probationary rater" must have at least two probationary ratings performed in the presence of a Quality Assurance Designee or Delegate. This includes the QA Designee (or Delegate) to supervise, on site, the probationary rating and to check the rater file input for errors.

SERVICE

 

Provisional Projected Rating from Plans

As part of the Rater Agreement and the RESNET Standard a "probationary rater" must do at least 5 probationary ratings, in which one can be from plans. The review of the plan, which is supplied to the student, will result in one of five probationary ratings.

 

 

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Techie Track

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Intro. to the Infrared Camera

An infrared camera can be a helpful tool in diagnosing a variety of problems. This course will introduce students to the basics of thermography as it applies to diagnosing building conditions.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Picture of a pencil, signifying that the course exam can be challenged or can be retaken.Combustion Safety

This course will familiarize HERS Raters with the new RESNET Combustion Appliance Safety Testing protocols outlined in Chapter 8 of RESNET Standards.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Air Sealing Tech

Learn the basics of air leakage, tools, and materials used in attic preparation, as well as the trouble spots found repeatedly on a job site. There will be demos and hands-on experiences of proper attic preparation.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Dense-Pack Sidewall Insulation

Students will practice installing dense-pack insulation and explore the various inspection techniques available. Common pitfalls and installation techniques will be covered.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Advanced Pressure Diagnostics

This course will cover methods to reduce air leakage in floors, walls and ceilings adjacent to buffer zones (attic, crawlspace, attached garage) and also to determine if air-sealing is needed.

 

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Diagnosing Moisture Problems

Learn how to avoid elevated indoor humidity and building moisture problems in hot and humid climates, including uncontrolled airflow, building pressures, ventilation, mold and mildew problems.

   
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HVAC Training Track

Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.HVAC QI Technician Checklist for EnergyStar V3

Understand the requirements of the HVAC QI Technician Checklist for EnergyStar V3 and how to complete in the most efficient way.

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This 1.5 day course will provide additional guidance on the Manual J and the EnergyStar compliance.

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Participants will gain an overview of the concepts behind the industry standard ACCA Manual J, D, and S in the design, installation and cut fabrication for HVAC systems.

Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.ACCA Manual J Basics (Afternoon Session Only)

This course will expose attendees to more in-depth usage and applications of Manual J. This is a hands-on, interactive learning session and requires each attendee to bring his or her own laptop.

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Green Building Track

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ZEH 1: Defining a Zero Energy Green Home

Why attempt a zero energy home? What are some of the costs and concerns? Review case studies of near-zero and zero energy homes and some of the key findings from each one.

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ZEH 2: Designing a Zero Energy Green Home

This course considers many design stage parameters, from solar orientation and shading to location of HVAC and renewable equipment, and material selection. Follow our case study through the design stage.

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ZEH 3: Energy Star® Water Heating Choices

Learn how solar water heating systems, electric dedicated heat pump water heating and gas tankless systems work.

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ZEH 4: Selecting Solar Water Heating for Zero Energy Green Homes

Achieve renewable energy savings by providing solar water heating. Explore various types of solar water heating systems, typical savings and costs, and key features to specify based on climate and operation considerations.

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ZEH 5: Selecting Windows and Walls for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn what matters when selecting windows and walls for your climate and your application. Our experts will tell you the energy savings you may expect and the important characteristics to look for when choosing windows and walls.

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ZEH 6: Constructing Roofs and Attics for Zero Energy Green Homes

Roof materials, attic insulation, duct location and radiant barrier systems are all covered in this Webinar. Make the right roofing system choice to reduce energy use in your home.

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ZEH 7: HVAC Systems for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn the impact of correct sizing, duct layout and duct tightness. This course covers air circulation systems in conjunction with heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and gas furnaces.

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ZEH 8: Selecting Appliances and Plug Loads for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn how to reduce energy by selecting ENERGY STAR® appliances and electronics, efficient pumps, ceiling fans, and minimizing lighting requirements.

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ZEH 9: Sizing and Selecting Solar Electric Systems for Zero Energy Homes

Learn how to size a solar photovoltaic system and the pros and cons of selecting different system types such as efficiency, durability and price.

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ZEH 10: Using Your Home Solar Electric Systems for Emergency Power

This Webinar will explore how you can install your grid-connected solar system within code regulations to supply emergency power when the grid is down. The course includes a video visit to a home with such an installation.

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ZEH 11: Installation Considerations for Solar Electric Systems

This course will examine locations for the solar system based on shading considerations, roof mounting, electrical runs, inverters, meters and monitoring. Learn how to install a system right the first time!

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ZEH 12: Monitoring and Operating the Zero Energy Green Home

This course is designed as a guideline for an occupant in a zero energy green home. It will cover more than 30 considerations to maximize savings, comfort and occupant satisfaction.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Florida Green Home Certification Training

Two-day training offering green building techniques for Florida homes. Individuals who complete this course and exams may become an accredited Certifying Agent of the Florida Green Building Coalition provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

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Solar Training Track

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This week-long course covers the design and installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems, and involves actual hands-on work with PV systems and equipment.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Solar Water Heating Systems

A Training Program for Residential Solar Water and Pool Heating Design, Installation and Troubleshooting with Supplemental Sessions on Commercial Systems.

 

 
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Weatherization Track

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Weatherization Energy Auditor Single Family

From the WAPTAC Standardized curricula and based on the NREL / U.S. DOE Job Task Analysis, this two-week lecture-lab provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the auditing process and treating the house as a system.

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Picture of a person, signifying that the course is offered in an instructor-led format.Weatherization Quality Control Inspector

From the WAPTAC Standardized curricula and based on the NREL / U.S. DOE Job Task Analysis, students will be introduced to and practice the skills needed to become an effective QCI during this 5-day lecture-lab course.

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Picture of a computer monitor, signifying that the course is offered online.Online Florida Wx Inspector Introduction

This series of presentations is designed to introduce you to the US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program. The majority of online materials will cover the Florida Weatherization manual, its layout and priority list that is used in Florida.

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Picture of a computer monitor, signifying that the course is offered online.Florida Weatherization Instructional Videos

The videos demonstrate testing methods that weatherization inspectors need to perform in order to determine the appropriate weatherization measures needed, and to ensure the safe operation of the house.

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MASTER CLASSES
Techie Track

Take your weatherization knowledge to the next level with these technology specific training programs. No prerequisites are necessary; just jump right in.