Energy Code Training for Builders, Architects and Engineers...
Energy Office Holds Workshops

The Nebraska Energy Office offered eleven free training opportunities in Nebraska from February 22 to June 15, 2011. The workshops were presented by the International Code Council and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and focused on concepts of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. Essential code components for designing energy-efficient structures for all members of Nebraska’s construction industry were highlighted. The opportunity was made available as part of the Nebraska Energy Office’s continuing effort to assist local code officials, architects, engineers and others in their understanding of the requirements and savings opportunities associated with the latest energy conservation codes. Workshops were held in Mahoney State Park, Kearney, Omaha, Lincoln and Columbus

Some of the workshops were conducted by experts from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. This is the first time ASHRAE training has been offered in the state by the Energy Office. The workshops provided a basis for the correct use of the code in design, plan review, inspection and analysis of projects. It highlighted essential code components for designing energy-efficient building thermal envelopes; energy-efficient mechanical design principles and electrical power and lighting systems.

The workshops explained the different methods or options builders have available to become compliant. The workshops also identifed and explained the new items that are mandatory regardless of the method of code compliance. Builders were able to build their understanding of the intent of the code through case studies and real examples that were tailored to address the perspectives of the building contractors. Basic building science principles and how these principles were incorporated into the 2009 IECC were also reviewed.

Some workshops focused on all aspects of the Code and emphasized the building envelope, lighting and heating, ventilating and air conditioning topics.  Course topics included:  envelope compliance; heating, ventilating, air conditioning and service water heating compliance; lighting compliance; power and other equipment compliance and energy cost balance compliance.  Course materials were provided to the attendees.

One popular workshop was offered for a fifth time in 2011.  The focus of that workshop was advanced building science topics and it provided thought-provoking development for experienced building energy professionals who are interested in healthy, durable and energy efficient buildings.
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