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Building Energy Analytics Case Study - Self Study


Author: Andy Shapiro

Subjects: Green Building: Zero Net Energy, Green Building: Building Science, Green Building: Passive House

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In this free lecture, Andy Shapiro will ask and answer questions relative to understanding how well a new, small, well-insulated house is performing on energy use and temperature control:

Andy uses the example of a 22’ x 26’ two-story and basement house in Vermont with a single air source heat pump on the first floor. The owner finds she needs an electric heater on the second floor to maintain comfort temperature when working, contrary to design expectations. Andy shows how he uses available electricity usage data and simple instrumentation to look at temperatures in the house, the data he gathers and what he does with that data.

You will see Andy’s answers to the questions above in the particular context of this building. He includes information on measurement equipment, its upsides and downsides, what he learns and how he learns it—data gathered and analysis—including all the bumps along the way!

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Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials at your own pace.

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After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Certificates of Completion Available for Members Only

Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.

Free Lecture Video

Enroll today to view the 37-minute lecture video, which is available any time.

Q+A Call Recording

You'll also have access to a recording of a Q+A call in which Andy Shapiro answers questions about his free lecture and also his full Building Energy Analytics course.


Andy Shapiro

President for Life, Energy Balance, Inc.

With a B.A. in engineering from Brown University, Andy Shapiro, through his company Energy Balance, Inc, provided energy consulting and design services to a wide variety of clients since 1988. He worked with homeowners, architects, engineers and builders, as well as towns, landlords, non-profit housing organizations, and electric utilities. Services range from...[more]

Course Outline

Video Lecture, Discussion, and Q+A Call Recording

In this module, you'll watch the video lecture, listen to the Q+A call recording, and discuss the material with other students.

  • Building Energy Analytics Case Study (37 minutes) (Video - 37:18 minutes)
  • 16-minute Q+A call recording (Audio .mp3)