USGBC Approved Education Courses

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Introduction to the CNC Program as Offered by Black Hills Energy
Course ID#: 90009441
Approved for 1.0 GBCI CE Hour

Is your commercial new construction or renovation project eligible for energy efficiency incentives through the Commercial New Construction Program (CNC) offered by Black Hills Energy? Find out by joining The Weidt Group for an educational session. Have you participated in the Commercial New Construction program and now have open questions? Get your questions answered by joining us for an educational overview of the program. The Commercial New Construction program is for new construction and major renovations. Free energy design assistance and incentives are provided to owners and design teams for making their buildings more energy efficient. This educational session will provide a detailed description of the CNC program. Ample time will be provided for answering questions, both for those new to CNC as well as those who have previously worked with the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify projects that are eligible for the Commercial New Construction program
  • Describe the benefits of participating in the Commercial New Construction program
  • Apply the Commercial New Construction process and timing to building projects
  • Compare the difference between the Custom, Custom Plus, and QED tracks of CNC
Getting to a Market Rate Net Zero Emissions Building
Course ID#: 90007036
Approved for 1.0 GBCI CE Hour

An integrated design team, led by an architecture firm and an energy, daylighting, and software consultant, has determined it is possible to construct a market-rate net zero emissions Class A, 170,000 sq. ft. commercial office building in today’s market as a result of a design exercise. The process will be presented, along with detailed energy and cost calculations that resulted in a net-zero emissions design on a difficult site. The team selected a potentially developable site, in midtown St. Louis, for the project. They selected this site for its challenging four-season climate, because electricity costs in Missouri are among the lowest in the country—a factor that challenged the team’s ability to make the design affordable—and because St. Louis’ electrical fuel profile is 81 percent coal. The results: reduced carbon emissions by 76 percent through energy efficiency strategies, with only minor additional first costs compared to a conventional office building. On-site renewable energy is used to resolve getting to carbon neutral.

Attendees will need to have an understanding of integrated design processes, basic architectural and engineering terminology, and will ideally be a design professional, developer, cost consultant or other professional who can benefit from this detailed case study. Attendees will come to understand the differences in the long-term value of investing in various technologies to reach net-zero.

The cost of this course varies depending on the venue, number of attendees, etc. Please inquire with your request.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify key early design parameters for developing carbon-neutral buildings
  • Participants will be able to distinguish carbon-intensive uses of energy from less carbon intensive uses of energy
  • Participants will be able to prioritize the most cost-effective energy conservation measures in advance of selecting renewable energy solutions
  • Participants will be able to better zone their building surfaces for generating heat and/or electricity

Introduction to the Energy Design Assistance Program as Offered by Xcel Energy - Webinar
Course ID#: 90007046
Approved for 1.0 GBCI CE Hour

Is your building project eligible for energy efficiency options through Xcel Energy's Energy Design Assistance (EDA) program? Find out by joining this educational session about the program as part of the overall Business New Construction offering in the states of Minnesota and Colorado. Have you been through Xcel Energy's Energy Design Assistance program and do you have open questions? Get your questions answered by joining us for this session about the program and its recent enhancements.

Xcel Energy's EDA program is for commercial new construction and major renovations. It provides free consulting and incentives to owners and design teams for making their buildings in Xcel Energy's Minnesota and Colorado service territories more energy efficient. This educational session will provide a detailed description of the EDA program. Ample time will be provided for answering questions about the program, both for those who have not worked with the EDA program as well as those who have prior experience with the program. Follow-up will also be offered via phone for any questions that may arise after the course completion.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify projects that are eligible for the Energy Design Assistance program
  • Describe the benefits of participating in the Energy Design Assistance program
  • Apply the Energy Design Assistance process and timing to building projects
  • Compare the difference between Energy Design Assistance program options

Introduction to the Energy Design Assistance Program as Offered by Xcel Energy
Course ID#: 90004574
Approved for 1.0 GBCI CE Hour

Is your project eligible for energy efficiency incentives through Xcel Energy’s Energy Design Assistance program? Find out by joining The Weidt Group for an educational session about the program. Have you been through Xcel Energy’s Energy Design Assistance progam and do you have open questions? Get your questions answered by joining The Weidt Group for an educational session about the program.

Xcel Energy’s Energy Design Assistance (EDA) program is a program for commercial new construction and major renovations that provides free consulting and incentives to owners and design teams for making their buildings more energy efficient. This educational session will provide a detailed description of Xcel Energy’s EDA program. Ample time will be provided for answering questions about the EDA program, both for those that have not worked with the EDA program as well as those that have experience working with the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify projects that are eligible for the Energy Design Assistance program
  • Describe the benefits of participating in the Energy Design Assistance program
  • Apply the Energy Design Assistance process and timing to building projects
  • Compare the difference between Energy Design Assistance program options

Introduction to Iowa's Commercial New Construction Program
Course ID#: 90006288
Approved for 1.0 GBCI CE Hour

Is your commercial new construction or renovation project eligible for energy efficiency incentives through the Commercial New Construction Program (CNC) offered by Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company? Find out by joining The Weidt Group for an educational session.

Have you participated in the Commercial New Construction program and now have open questions? Get your questions answered by joining us for an educational session about the program.

The Commercial New Construction program is for new construction and major renovations. Free energy design assistance and incentives are provided to owners and design teams for making their buildings more energy efficient. This educational session will provide a detailed description of the CNC program. Ample time will be provided for answering questions, both for those new to CNC as well as those who have previously worked with the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of program participation
  • Identify project eligibility
  • Understand the differences between CNC program tracks for individual project applicability
  • Apply the CNC process and timing to the design phases of building projects
  • Know how to get started

Energy Analysis and Design Workshop – Utility Programs
Course ID#: 90004842
Approved for 3.5 GBCI CE Hours

Learn and apply an integrative design approach for an optimized energy solution for your building design, utilizing the commercial new construction program provided by the local utility. This course is currently available in the states of Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.

The Weidt Group provides Energy Design Integration℠ to building designers, owners and users. This course includes two sessions, spread over a 3-6 week period, while participating in a utility-sponsored program. The first session is a discussion of potential energy-efficiency measures (EEMs) for your building design. Brainstorming of EEMs will be facilitated with an editable list of options specific to your building type. Participants will add to the list and typically conclude with over 50 optional measures to be simulated and evaluated. The second session is an evaluation of the energy results for the EEMs with construction costs. The Weidt Group provides an estimating guide and incorporates cost estimation done by the attendees to facilitate a cost benefit discussion; the group assembles bundles of selected EEMs to play out what-if scenarios, discussing the merits and challenges of each "bundle."

This course makes the learning experience real and relies on the "do" approach verses the "hear" or "read" approaches. The interactive workshop setting, with live tools and facilitation, guides decision-making. The act of evaluating the energy options and making informed decisions leads to a positive learning experience that helps improve the energy performance of the resulting building. Over 800 projects have gone through this process in three utility territories, with over 95% of projects resulting in improved energy performance compared to their starting point.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a range of energy-efficiency options and their impacts on energy use and construction cost using an actual project case
  • Discuss the dynamic nature of building energy use and loads in a building
  • Compare alternative solutions to overcome excessive energy use and understand their cost impact during critical design stages
  • Apply the comparative analysis results in an integrated design setting using hard numbers and facts to promote optimal outcomes

Energy Analysis and Design Workshop
Course ID#: 90006133
Approved for 3.5 GBCI CE Hours

Learn and apply an integrative design approach for an optimized energy solution for your building design through The Weidt Group’s Energy Design Integration℠ services.

The Weidt Group provides Energy Design Integration consulting to building designers, owners and users. This workshop includes two sessions, spread over a 3-6 week period, as part of The Weidt Group’s energy consulting services. The first session is a discussion of potential energy-efficiency measures (EEMs) for your building design. Brainstorming of EEMs will be facilitated with an editable list of options specific to your building type. Participants will add to the list and typically conclude with over 50 optional measures to be simulated and evaluated. The second session is an evaluation of the energy results for the EEMs with construction costs. The Weidt Group provides an estimating guide and incorporates cost estimation done by the attendees to facilitate a cost benefit discussion; the group assembles bundles of selected EEMs to play out what-if scenarios, discussing the merits and challenges of each "bundle."

This course makes the learning experience real and relies on the "do" approach verses the "hear" or "read" approaches. The interactive workshop setting, with live tools and facilitation, guides decision-making. The act of evaluating the energy options and making informed decisions leads to a positive learning experience that helps improve the energy performance of the resulting building. Over 1200 projects have gone through this process, with over 95% of projects resulting in improved energy performance compared to their starting point.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a range of energy-efficiency options and their impacts on energy use and construction cost using an actual project case
  • Discuss the dynamic nature of building energy use and loads in a building
  • Compare alternative solutions to overcome excessive energy use and understand their cost impact during critical design stages
  • Apply the comparative analysis results in an integrated design setting using hard numbers and facts to promote optimal outcomes

Prerequisite
To qualify, attendees must have an assigned role on the design or owner team on a project for which The Weidt Group is providing Energy Design Integration services.

Model, Measure, Manage: The Energy Story from Dream Time to Real Time
Course ID#: 90004989
Approved for 1.0 GBCI CE Hour

The challenge in making design expectations more accurate is in the integration of models and metrics for form, finance and functional performance. The concepts addressed in Model, Measure, Manage deal with how to sequence continuously-improving models to measure performance potential and manage expectations from pre-design through post occupancy. A LEED Platinum office building is used in this course to illustrate how energy modeling extends into occupancy and is compared with live data to manage stakeholder and environmental performance goals. Customized dashboards specifically designed for the project provide the owner with clarity about the operation of their building and unparalleled understanding of their return on investment of building energy systems.

Attendees should be educated in one or more of the professional design disciplines and familiar with design and construction processes and technologies, energy modeling or fundamental commissioning. Technology and utility company professionals with experience providing components or services to the design and construction industry and building owners or operators with experience in design and construction will also be qualified to attend. LEED Accreditation is recommended.

The cost of this course varies depending on the venue, number of attendees, etc. Please inquire with your request.

Learning Objectives

  • Question and understand the purpose and value of a modeling proposition at different stages of design
  • Comprehend the significance of assumptions made by themselves or others that require follow-through behavior when a decision has been influenced by modeling
  • Argue a case for incremental modeling abstractions at the right time, as supplements to integrated whole building modeling and post-occupancy calibrated modeling
  • Make better determinations of the value of an energy-efficiency option to their clients based on utility rather than cost and break down decision-making barriers in the process