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055-The Energy Audit of an Existing Home

By: Peter J. Tavino Jr. PE

Course Description

This is a Spotlight Course of the Week (Expires: 9/29/2017)
055-The Energy Audit of an Existing Home
Professional Engineers have great advantage in understanding the energy systems of a house. With new construction of homes at a slow pace today, there is time for our nation to devote resources to making our existing houses more energy efficient. Standards and techniques used by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. should be familiar to PEs, who have a knowledge foundation in this field that is greater than the populace in general. The country can use the expertise of its engineering community to stop wasting valuable energy and money. Certainly the political will is there to achieve this.

While it may not be a profession changing opportunity for most, this course will enhance what you already know from your related engineering fields. It should allow Professional Engineers to exercise more leadership in their communities, where the Home Energy Audit and Weatherization businesses are exploding. And it could motivate PEs to gain additional credentials by proceeding toward Building Analyst certification.
Home Energy Audit
Charles Allred
05/06/2016
Verified Buyer
Good course to understand proper home energy audit.
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VALUABLE AS A HOME OWNER
Anonymous reviewer
03/22/2016
Verified Buyer
Good short course on energy audits and potential energy issues.
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Good course, I recommend it.
Anonymous reviewer
01/10/2016
Interesting and useful topic. The course was kinda fun. Not really applicable to my day job, but certainly enlightens me about priorities in other industries and of other engineers. Certainly applies to home ownership and advising non-engineer homeowners and fixing my own house.
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Great Class!
Wendi Lester
12/11/2015
Very engaging and great questions to make sure the material was understood! Thank you!
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Fun PDH
Jim
12/07/2015
The course covers well the performance aspects of conducting a residential energy audit. The author applies aspects of personal experience in the field that are particularly helpful in understanding the operations involved in the energy audit. There are quite a few work out problems that provide for some entertainment factor, if you enjoy getting to use your calculator. These provide some "real life" information that may even help you to see the need to improve your own home's energy performance.
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Very thorough and informative
John Gabriel
06/29/2015
I previously knew little about the process of home energy audits. Now I have a very good foundation to work from.
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Kay Clinard
02/26/2015
This course was very informational and provided valuable information and a better understanding of the Audit proccess
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Excellent
Don
02/26/2015
Well written and quality course. Excellent references. Makes one appreciate the depth a construction necessary to conduct an audit. Equally important was the recognition that I needed to get an expert to lead the audit.
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anonymous
02/04/2015
It is well design.
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Energy Audit of an Existing Home
anonymous
12/29/2014
Some of the equations were not clearly explained, in particular the ACH & ACH50 equations. There may be a typo in that section.
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Energy Audit
Homer Ooten
12/24/2014
Good course. Will recommend it to my colleagues
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anonymous
12/16/2014
Very good, practical, no nonsense course
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anonymous
11/11/2014
This course contained very useful information that everyone can put to practical use.
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J R Sheringer
11/06/2014
Author did a good job of providing references with more detail, but in covering a broad area, I felt the context of some key points were too lightly skimmed over. Some of the photos could have been better selected, at least one looked to be in error(Digital manometer).
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Energy Audit Course Review
John McSpadde
11/03/2014
Good course. I will use information in this course in apartment design and improving my own home effeciency. The references were excellent. I would like to see some references for programs that size heat loading and duct design (like ductalators).
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Reasonable Overview
anonymous
10/29/2014
The course could use some beefing up and editing in written and technical presentation.
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Home Energy Audit
C. Retotar
09/21/2014
I knew nothing about home energy audits before this course. I found this course useful for personal and professional reasons. If I ever have a home energy audit, I know what should be done. If I decide to pursue certification, I can do that properly.

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No stars, if I could
C. Porcello
09/17/2014
Poorly written course and poorly written exam. I would never pay for a course by this author again. Technical topics are glossed over, reference is made to a table that does not exist in the document and it was unclear, on several occasions, if the author was referencing another document or website. Information was not clearly presented and test questions written in an attempt to "trick" the student as opposed to testing the students knowledge and getting them to understand the problem and how to solve it. Bush league.
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PE
Zack McCain
08/28/2014
Very good course I took it to help with my own home. I have the following suggestions.

1. formulars are confusing for example on page 14 the following BPI = Temperature -2.75 should be BPI= (Temperature/40) - 2.75

40

I suggest that the mathtype program be used.

2. Should include LED lighting

Thanks for putting this together.
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John Seybold
08/24/2014
This course is out of my specialty but of universal interest. I found it very informative. Question 22 was a little confusing for me, ...Portions of the review were removed because they reveal the correct answer to the question... Everything else was in the zone. Thanks Mr. Tavino.
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anonymous
07/14/2014
excellent course, questions in exam somewhat were ambiguously written but figured them out. Took more than 4 hours to get through.
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Harvey Flamholtz
07/03/2014
The materials were well organized and easy to follow. The photos and examples did a good job of clarifying things. I learned a great deal about a subject I was unfamiliar with.
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anonymous
06/21/2014
Way too much information on the trade organization BPI--this almost sounded like an advertisement. Too much on the blower test. Not enough on engineering knowledge, efficiency of appliances, electrical consumption, fossil fuel generation of electricity, a CO2 meter to determine IAQ was not even mentioned!
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Gerald A. Stein, PE
06/02/2014
Excellent Course. As a PEM certificate holder(NC State's Energy Management Diploma Program), this course dovetails very well with that training. In fact, the focus on the residential side of energy management is quite appropriate and more specific. In an environment of rising energy costs, reductions in energy use will be essential in the future.
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William
05/28/2014
Interesting subject, especially for someone that does not work with energy audits on a daily bases.
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Robert Hill
04/29/2014
Not able to download certificate.

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anonymous
04/29/2014
Test was to the point of course.
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anonymous
04/29/2014
THE COURSE was excellent. The MATERIAL was detailed and PROVIDED A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THE COURSE. Some OF THE QUESTIONS WERE not clear on their intent and required the student to make potentially erroneous conclusions.
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anonymous
04/23/2014
Wording regarding when to recommend forced ventilation for tight and loose houses is confusing and may in fact be contradictory.
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anonymous
03/19/2014
Questions were unnecessarily difficult

SunCam Comment: Yes, engineering is hard!
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energy audit
John Heimall
01/29/2014
Generally a good overview of an energy audit. Program is organized well with good examples and visual aids. There seems to have been an edit to the course text concerning federal energy credits which reference a website rather than a number. I also had some confusion regarding the equations for normal leakage relative to loose and tight buildings.
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Design Engineer
Bill Dunne
01/28/2014
Quite a thorough and incisive course by including technical queries as well as practical tips on conducting an energy audit of an existing home.

Perhaps could be expanded by including air conditioning and cooling equipment as well as heavy power users in most modern homes.

SunCam Comment: For the record, Bill Dunne, the reviewer, is not the same person as Bill Dunn, the president of SunCam
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Energy Audit Continuing Ed module
Paul Banaszak
01/06/2014
Good module. Recommend for anyone, not just for the technical field engineers, but also for others as a good informational tool.

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William C
01/01/2014
The material is presented very well, and the answer to all of the questions can be found in the course material. The test questions are not ambiguous. The information will be very useful for my own home.
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James Anderson
12/30/2013
Quite enjoyable - I recommend this to all engineers.
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Tom
12/26/2013
Found writing style more difficult to follow than other SunCam courses. Having said that, I did learn a few new things, and was refreshed on others, which is the whole idea. I do like the SunCam approach to PDH training.
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John Yow
12/12/2013
Good course for some personal engineering knowledge refreshment and maybe improvements to your own home.
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John
11/22/2013
A Table of Contents or outline at the beginning of the course would provide a summary of content and roadmap for the course. I like to know where I'm going before I start.
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anonymous
08/18/2013
Questions 9 & 22 had trick answers because they were not worded well.

SunCam Comment: A portion of this review was deleted because it revealed the answers to test questions

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anonymous
08/08/2013
It needs some editing.
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anonymous
07/24/2013
The course contained an abundance of good solid technical information. The writing needs improvement in terms of grammar, reducing passive voice sentences and sentence structure.
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anonymous
07/21/2013
Worth taking. Useful refresher in some basic thermodynamic areas.
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anonymous
07/19/2013
Overall very good course. I knew very little about the subject and think I have learned a lot!
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anonymous
07/19/2013
Excellent, beneficial course
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anonymous
07/19/2013
It is practical and beneficial for everyone
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anonymous
07/17/2013
Good basic introductory course.......a couple of areas seemed a little confusing, but overall very good.
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Gary Gastiger
06/11/2013
Good overview for home energy audits.
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anonymous
06/10/2013
Good course
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anonymous
06/10/2013
Good course
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Doug Sweet
02/25/2013
Maybe more discussion could be included about leakage, window and doors. Top of page 19: due point should be dew point? Photos are fair and could be better to show good/bad practices for insulation and sealing.

SunCam Comment: Portions of this review were deleted because they discussed the answers to questions. The typo on page 19 has been corrected.
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Good course
anonymous
12/02/2011
Excellent information and will be used my this reviewer. However, someone needs to check the actual text as there are many indecipherable sentences.
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Energy Audit Existing Home
Jim
02/18/2011
While most of the content was good information, some of the styles used to depict equations were awkward, and not in keeping with proper algebraic nomenclature. Suggest all equations be updated using the equator editor in Word, or the equivalent in Mac. I also noted one or two typographic errors, meaning one more round of proofreading might be in order. Also suggest that more tables be included (ex., R values, etc,) and maybe an appendix at the end that summarizes all essential equations and their uses in conducting an existing home energy audit. It might also be useful to list the recommended equipment, several manufacturers and price ranges.
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Great Course
anonymous
02/03/2011
Course was very interesting and challenging.
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anonymous
01/28/2011
Well presented material. Interesting and something one could use to save money in their own home.
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Informative Course
Jerry Grubesky
01/25/2011
Course was informative and well presented.
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Joe Marchese
01/16/2011
Very good and informative course. Some information that I will use.
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anonymous
12/21/2010
The course was interesting and informative. I will implement many of the suggestions in my own house.
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12/20/2010
Questions 9 and 22 differ from material. There is a difference between must and recommend.
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Auditing Energy!
Joe DiClemente
11/20/2010
I found this course very informative in its content, and very much enjoyed the authors' presentation style. As an engineer very interested in conventional and alternative energy application, this course emphasizes the importance and methods to ensure a proper energy baseline. I would highly recommend this course.
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11/12/2010
I found the course matter very nformative and envision practical application of results learned.
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anonymous
11/02/2010
Couse information was easy to follow.
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10/25/2010
The class was informative and interesting.
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anonymous
08/22/2010
Another no-nonsense and practical professional development course offered by SunCam. Course materials -- prepared by a highly knowledgeable instructor who has full command of the subject matter -- were extremely relevant, well organized and with minimal ambiguity, as were all test questions. SunCam offers extremely efficient course enrollment and PDH/course certification reporting processes, and as always, with no hassles.
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anonymous
08/22/2010
Another no-nonsense and practical professional development course offered by SunCam. Course materials -- prepared by a highly knowledgeable instructor who has full command of the subject matter -- were extremely relevant, well organized and with minimal ambiguity, as were all test questions. SunCam offers extremely efficient course enrollment and PDH/course certification reporting processes, and as always, with no hassles.
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08/05/2010
The ability to review both the course material and test questions prior to purchasing the course is a smart idea as it allowed me to take the course at my convenience and allowed me, once again at my convenience, to prepare and take the test quickly and efficiently.
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well done
Steve Chadwick
05/18/2010
A very informative course. I especially appreciate the authorship of the materials rather than cobbling together pamphlets as I have seen in courses elsewhere. The test was particularly thorough by asking for calculations. This is the sort of material that continuing education should be.
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Bargain training
anonymous
03/17/2010
Covers the subject. Gets to the point. Gets the job done.
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