An eLearning course is now available to demonstrate how to achieve cost effective levels of energy savings in schools.
The eLearning course, Achieving Zero-Energy Building Design, is adapted from the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings and establishes a set of energy performance goals for achieving zero-energy in all climate zones, in both site and source energy. The course was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The course will be offered through each partnering organization’s eLearning platform.
“The goal of this eLearning course is to prepare engineers, architects, designers building owners and other practitioners with in-depth knowledge to improve skills in high-efficiency building design,” says Paul Torcellini, project committee chair. “There are many incentives for schools to reach zero energy usage including budget benefits of lowered energy consumption and increased student performance due to a healthier learning environment. This course includes the information and real-life best practices needed to encourage practitioners and school administration officials to consider that zero energy school buildings are within their reach.”
The eight-hour course consists of twelve modules with content that applies to commercial buildings, including case studies that focus on zero-energy K-12 schools. The format includes open-ended thought questions, reference lists for additional reading, real-life case studies, video testimonials from design professionals and separate learning paths for architects and engineers. Certificates of completion will be available for download for the successfully completed course.