In this 1 Hour Energy Conservation Course for Utah Plumbers, we take a look at the overarching concepts and principles behind energy conservation in today’s green economy in order to shed light on how contractors in Utah can not only comply with code but serve as leaders in their field(s). Key concepts we cover include energy efficiency, the smart grid, climate zones, and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). We devote a short module to a description and explanation of the building thermal envelope, in light of changes to the Energy Rating Index which may impact different trades and offer job opportunities for interested parties.
In the main module on energy conservation code for residential buildings, we go over every significant amendment made by the state to the Residential Provisions of the 2015 IECC when Utah adopted it as the new energy code. There is commentary for each amendment, offering insight into how the amendment differs from the model IECC and what it means for Utah contractors. We also cover key changes regarding commercial building code in the 2018 IECC Commercial Provisions.
To round out the course we will cover some Utah news items, national resources and overall inspiration; hopefully we leave students with a strong energy conservation knowledge base to empower them as front line workers, serving communities and the green economy of the 21st century.
This class fulfills the state requirement for 1 hour of energy conservation continuing education (CE) so that students may attain their contractor license renewal. According to the Utah Office of Administrative Rules, licensed contractors in the state of Utah must take 6 hours of CE, with 1 hour being dedicated to energy conservation.
Note: At strategic points throughout the course we will present quizzes, to test the students’ knowledge as they go. There is no final exam.
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- Approved By: Utah DOPL
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