To Electrify or Not to Electrify - Self Study

Online

Authors: Robb Aldrich, Nicole Ceci

Subjects: Green Building: Building Science, Green Building: Sustainable Building, Green Building: LEED

Description

This course was originally presented at BuildingEnergy Boston 2020, a conference presented by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)

Should we be trying to electrify everything? Is it practical for existing and new buildings with the technologies we have now? Two engineers with different takes on these questions will debate electrifying residential buildings, from small single-family to high-rise apartments. Both speakers have years of experience with heat pump technologies (mini-splits, PTHPs, water-source HPs, VRF, and several types of heat-pump water heaters). They’ll present examples of buildings where these systems worked wonderfully, where performance was less than ideal, and a few absolute failures. Too often, building professionals – designers, engineers, contractors, building owners/operators, utilities, and even manufacturers – don’t fully understand how these new systems work. Come learn from others’ mistakes, understand how these systems can be used well, and consider: Are there buildings where electrification doesn’t yet make sense?

Professional credits (or CEUs, "continuing education units") are not available at this time; check back later for options to earn credits.

Learning Objectives

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Not Eligible for Continuing Education Credits or Certificates

Since this is a free course, it is not eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential. Certificates of completion and CEU Credits are only available for our premium paid courses.

Authors

Robb Aldrich

Principal Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates

Robb joined Steven Winter Associates in 2000 where he has researched new technologies, monitored performance of building systems, and worked with builders and developers across the country to create better, healthier, more efficient homes. He holds a Master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Robb first became interested...[more]

Nicole Ceci

Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Principal Mechanical Engineer

As a principal engineer in the Multifamily Group at Steven Winter Associates, Nicole Ceci assists clients to meet energy savings goals in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Her building science experience includes design and implementation of high-performance HVAC systems and data analysis of building performance. Since joining SWA,...[more]

Course Outline

To Electrify or Not to Electrify

  • To Electrify or Not to Electrify (Video - 01:37:28 hours)

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