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MA Net Zero Cohort: Solar Decathlon Professionals Training

June 18

Ten 1-1/2 Hour Sessions, June 18th – August 27th
Weekly, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm

Mass Save® supporting Sponsors include Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil

About the Training
The Solar Decathlon Professionals Training is designed to provide mid-career building industry professionals with an opportunity to further develop their building science expertise and gain practical experience designing zero energy projects. The training includes 10 live weekly sessions, on-demand building science education sessions, and a project activity. Weekly course topics include high-performance project planning and goal setting; passive design; zero energy building; building envelopes; HVAC systems; lighting; plug loads; life cycle analysis; retrofits; and renewable energy.

This advanced level course is intended for early to mid-level professionals, facility managers, and higher education faculty familiar with building science principles but want to learn more, apply zero energy design principles to their projects, and/or teach others. A key component of the training is applying the building science concepts to a project. Each week, participants will consider design decisions for a project and present ideas at the end of the course.

Participants are eligible to earn GBCI and AIA continuing education hours.

This course is taught by Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, WELL Faculty, from The Green Engineer.

Thanks to program partners, the Sponsors of Mass Save, a limited number of discounts are available for early bird general admission registration, and for University and Government Staff. See registration section below for discounts.

If you aren’t able to join the Summer 2024 session, complete our Training Interest Form to be notified of the next session.

Training Structure

The training is a blend of online on-demand content and live virtual weekly sessions. Participants are expected to view the on-demand videos each week before the live sessions, come to the weekly sessions with questions, and be prepared for discussion with the instructor and other participants. Each week, the instructor will guide discussions on the topic to help inform the ongoing development of the project activity.

A key component of the training is applying the building science concepts to a project. Each week, participants will be considering design decisions for a project and presenting their ideas at the end of the course. The details for a hypothetical small office project will be provided. Participants can choose to work on their own project or the hypothetical project provided.

It is expected that participants will put in extra time each week outside the on-demand and live class time to work on the project design to discuss in class and present at the end. An optional worksheet will be provided to capture project notes and design elements.

This MA-based cohort will have a focus on MA Codes and Incentives, and is open to attendees (and projects) outside of MA as well.

Participants will share their final project design at the final live session.

Training Sessions

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Planning and Setting Goals
Week 3: Passive Design
Week 4: Building Envelope, Part 1
Week 5: Building Envelope, Part 2
Week 6: Lighting , Plug Loads
Week 7: HVAC, Part 1
Week 8: HVAC, Part 2
Week 9: Renewable Energy
Week 10: Final presentations

Live sessions will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm on the following dates: 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27 (No class the week of July 4th)

Learning Objectives

Prerequisite Knowledge: familiar with general building sciences

1. Apply building science principles that are paramount to the successful design of high-performance, energy-efficient buildings.
2. Discuss and address weekly topics including Planning and Setting Goals, Passive Design, Building Envelope, Lighting, Plug Loads, Mechanical Systems, and Renewable Energy.
3. Identify net zero energy design elements in LEED
4. Present a net zero energy project design incorporating building science principles

Course Materials

The following information will be shared:
1. Access to Solar Decathlon Building Science Education series
2. Achieving Zero Energy: Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings (ASHRAE)
3. Shared Google Folder with the following information:
a. Syllabus
b. Project Activity sheet
c. SDPro Calculator

Continuing Education Credit

LEED accredited professionals can earn GBCI continuing education hours:
Solar Decathlon Building Science Education series: The Solar Decathlon Building Science Education on-demand series provides 8.5 GBCI and AIA CE hours. Select videos will be assigned for each week. To earn CE hours participants must watch all the videos and pass the quiz within each Module in the series.
10 Live weekly sessions: There are up to 15 AIA CE hours available for attending at least 80% of the live weekly sessions. Credit is only available for attending the live sessions.

A Certificate of Completion is available upon request to document course completion for other
continuing education purposes.

Funding Grants Available: Submit by May 28th, 2024

Funding Grants Available: Submit by May 28th, 2024

The Express grant is designed to help Massachusetts businesses with 100 employees or less respond quickly to emerging needs and keep employees engaged. With bite-size grants for just-in-time training and no waiting periods between grants, the Express program is the Workforce Training Fund’s fastest path to funding.

You could take this training for FREE. Complete an Express Grant Application.

Course ID #: C-9005


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