Michael Simons - Training & Development Manager, Abode Energy Management

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In leading Abode’s training and development programs, Mike seeks to help people find joy in their work as they employ sound building science concepts that enhance customer experience. Having helped multiple home performance contractors grow strong through training thoughtful building analysts. Mike is focused on getting people to think the right way away about the complex and unique challenges every home has when making them more energy efficient. He joined Abode because he saw the opportunity to be a part of a team that is driving a shift in how our industry approaches customers and to increase the impact for families throughout New England.

Michael Simons teaches:

Fundamentals: Solar PV

This course will provide an overview of Solar PV mechanics and capacity. It will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of installation and control.

Fundamentals: Solar Thermal

This course will provide an overview of Solar Thermal mechanics and capacity. It will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of installation and control.

Fundamentals: Geothermal

This course will provide an overview of GSHP mechanics and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of their installation in new construction projects.

Fundamentals: Air Source Heat Pumps

This course will provide an overview of the mechanics of this alternative heating system, as well as discuss the advantages and disadvantages of installation, capabilities, and control.

Storage and Electrification

Understanding the trajectory of Massachusetts’ energy policy will drastically change the way our homes are designed and built.

Hydronics in 2020

Solar Ready vs Solar Right

Learn the steps and design choices that will enable a new construction project to supply 100% of its load through renewables. Together we will explore how suite conditions will affect the cost and production of going solar (“Solar Right”).

HERS Rater Perspective: ASHP Design

In this lesson, we will explore how low-load homes affect ASHP design and learn how to size and design equipment that will improve customer satisfaction, decrease callbacks, and save money.

Selling the Sun

Solar is becoming more and more appealing as the technology improves and its prices drop. However, because most of the savings aren’t seen immediately, it can be tricky to sell such an investment to customers who don’t have a clear picture of the long...