Building Analyst Quick Start

The Building Analyst Quick Start online program was developed and written in partnership with nationally recognized building science experts. You'll learn about the principles of green buildings—from insulation to indoor air quality—as well as how to perform comprehensive building assessments.

Objective

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll:

Have completed the initial portion of the BPI and other Home Performance certification processes.
Have a better understanding of all the major systems found in a conventional building
Understand issues of building science and how they can relate to occupant health
Discover the relationships of building systems and building sustainability
Know observation techniques and data-collection skills
Use inspection and analysis approaches for comprehensive building assessments
Understand diagnostic testing procedures for evaluating buildings
Know how to prepare reports and findings for building owners

Details

The Building Analyst Quick Start Program consists of two online training programs: Principles of Green Buildings and Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments.

Principles of Green Buildings
 This is the first online program of its kind, developed and written in partnership with experts from Advanced Energy of North Carolina. It covers everything an individual in the building, remodeling, or trade industry needs to know to make buildings perform more efficiently. You'll learn about critical topics ranging from insulation to moisture management to indoor air quality basics.

Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments
This program expands the theories and concepts taught in the Principles of Green Buildings program. Designed for those entering or looking to expand their expertise in the industry, this program features a task-oriented format that will apply practical, real-world situations in each module.

Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments is intended for students who are engaged in conducting building assessments, energy audits, performance testing, energy ratings, green ratings, rating verifications, quality assurance, quality installations, building inspections, home inspections, home tune-ups, or any other related building improvement, evaluation, or repair services that make changes to the building as a system.

Building Analyst Quick Start Students who successfully complete the Building Analyst Quick Start program will have demonstrated that they have the requisite knowledge and ability to apply these concepts to real-world buildings and their systems. However, it's important to point out that there is no program, lab, or other educational substitute for time spent in the field, working in buildings and experiencing situations first-hand. This program is designed to put you into close simulations of situations you can expect to encounter in the real world. It requires you to learn what the various assessment tools and techniques are, when to use them, and how to use the information gained to prioritize decision making and how to report this information to various stakeholders.

This program has also been designed to help prepare individuals on the path to various NATE, NARI, BPI, RESNET, and other industry credentials related to green building performance. Instruction aligns with ANSI/ACCA Quality Installation and Maintenance Standards. This program is recognized by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and Building Performance Institute (BPI) for 28 hours of continuing education (28 CEHs) applicable to NATE and BPI recertification. Must obtain a 75% or higher to obtain CEH recognition.

Upon registering, you're given ninety days to complete each section of this program.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: OBAX800.01

    Tuition: $1,695 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline

    1. Principles of Green Buildings
          1. House as a System
          2. Air Flow Basics
          3. Heat Flow, Insulation, Windows
          4. Framing and Air Sealing
          5. Moisture Management
          6. Conditioning Strategies
          7. Ventilation
          8. Combustion Safety
          9. Indoor Air Quality Basics
    2. Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments
          1. Observation Techniques and Data Collection
          2. Exterior Inspection and Exterior Building Systems Analysis
          3. Interior Inspections and Building Analysis
          4. Blower Door and Zonal Pressure Diagnostics, Ventilation Rates
          5. Combustion Safety, Testing and Analysis I
          6. Combustion Safety, Testing and Analysis II
          7. Duct Diagnostics
          8. Reporting and Documentation

  • Requirements

    High-speed Internet is recommended, but you can still take programs online using a dial-up connection. This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.

    Please note: AOL, MSN, Opera, Safari, and Camino browsers are NOT supported.

    It's recommended that students purchase the following textbook: Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings , by John T. Krigger and Chris Dorsi.

    Prerequisites

    This program is for you if you're beginning your career in home performance, whether as an HVAC technician; an envelope worker in areas such as air sealing, insulation, and vapor barriers; a siding and window specialist; or an employee in a similar occupation.

    The program is also suited for people who will be engaged in conducting building assessments, energy audits, performance testing, energy ratings, green ratings, rating verifications, quality assurance, quality installations, building inspections, home inspections, home tune-ups, or other related building improvement, evaluation, or repair services.

  • Instructors

    Roger DesRosiers Roger is the perfect example of a lifelong learner. He has worked in HVACR for a total of 30 years. Over the years, he has earned an Associates and a Bachelors degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and an Associates in Electronics. Among his professional certificates are: Teaching Certificate in Vocational Education for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers, Certified Member of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, Certified Member of Plumbing Industry Progress in Education, and the 608 EPA Certification. Recently, Roger authored and edited a number of online courses and an article on Tech Tips. He also completed a course in Online Faculty Training to bring our students the very best in both teaching and technical industry knowledge.

    Keith Conrod Keith has over 30 years of experience in the construction and installation of HVACR systems in a variety of settings. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the University of Calgary for 2 years (studying Mechanical Engineering), later transferring to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he received certification in plumbing and first class gas fitting. Keith has also received certification in Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention, Mechanical Estimating and Hydronic Heating Design (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology). He is also a member of the AWWA , WCWWA, and Local 496 ( United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters).

    After becoming a certified journeyman, Keith installed the plumbing, heating, medical gas and HVACR systems in hospitals, schools, high-rise office and apartment buildings, food production facilities, sewage treatment plants and many homes. He has a broad range of acquired knowledge and experience in the light industrial, commercial, and housing disciplines. Presently employed as a Site Superintendent/Project Manager for a major mechanical contractor (in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area), he oversees the onsite design and installation of all mechanical systems as well as providing a jobsite link to the engineers and architects. He is also responsible for the training of apprentices and giving guidance and direction to the certified tradesmen in his charge.

    Keith is well versed in all aspects of the HVACR industry and provides us with a valuable link as well as hands-on insight to the HVACR practices and procedures in the field.

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given ninety days to complete each section of this program.

    3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

    All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition.

    4. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    5. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    6. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    7. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet (high-speed Internet access is recommended, but you can use dial-up as well). You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. Computers that support the following browsers are adequate:

    • Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or later)
    • Firefox (all versions)
    • Mozilla (version 1.7 or later)
    • Sea Monkey (all versions)
    • Netscape (version 7 or later)
    • Please note: AOL, MSN, Opera, Safari, and Camino browsers are not supported.

     

    9. Can I use a Mac?

    Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

    10. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    11. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    12. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?



    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.