About this course

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:
  • What do I want to know about this building (or subsystem)?
  • What data do I need to answer my questions?
  • How do I go about getting that data?

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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Course outline

1 module • 4 assignments • 37 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 2 assignments
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) (37:18 minutes)
  • 16-minute Q+A call recording (.mp3)


  • Andy Shapiro

    President for Life, Energy Balance, Inc.
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    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... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
For free courses there is no guarantee for how long the course materials will be available.
Is there a certificate of completion?
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.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your team.


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