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Electrification Training Series

 

New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering free online Building Electrification Training Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. through Steven Winter Associates’ online learning portal, SWA Academy. This training consists of seven modules on topics related to the electrification of space heating in buildings in residential and commercial settings.

You can take as many trainings in the series as you would like, and there is no registration fee if you are a New York State resident or work for a business located in New York State - (fees may apply outside New York). 

The first step is to register for SWA Academy if you aren’t registered already, register via the button below:

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These previously-recorded trainings are available to be taken on demand to offer flexibility to fit your schedule. Below you will find the Commercial and Residential courses and their associated descriptions. Expand the accordions below to learn more.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for each training. Once you have completed a course, you will receive an email with a link to your certificate of completion.

Commercial Electrification Series

Net-Zero HVAC Strategies for Multifamily Buildings

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This module will take an in-depth look into the mechanical systems typically employed in high performance, net zero buildings including heating, cooling, domestic hot water, and ventilation. Discussion topics include reasons for, and issues with full electrification and central-plant considerations. Instructor will also outline control strategies.

Common Commissioning Issues in High Performance Multifamily Buildings

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High performance buildings are complex. They include systems and components that require a greater attention to detail in order to ensure that they are designed and functioning in accordance with the operational requirements of the building. This module will provide an overview of the commissioning requirements for common HVAC systems found in high performance buildings and explore the steps and considerations crucial to avoiding common issues with system performance

Refrigerant Management in Design, Construction, and Operations for Multifamily Buildings

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The greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerants associated with most heat pump technologies are significant contributors to global warming when leaked into the atmosphere. Management of these gases are therefore crucial when designing and operating a net zero building. This module focuses on refrigerant management and the considerations that need to be made during design, commissioning, and daily operation.

Heat Pump Retrofit Primer for Multifamily Buildings

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Heat pump conversions of existing multifamily buildings are an important part of many climate action plans for metropolitan areas around the United States. Retrofitting mechanical systems in multifamily buildings can be complex, and while multiple effective solutions are commercially available, the integration considerations are not widely understood across the market. This module will provide an overview of the technology options currently available and discuss retrofit strategies for a variety of multifamily building typologies.

Residential Electrification Series

Electrifying Homes

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Residential electrification is a crucial step in the pathway towards widespread decarbonization, and with the recent advancement and increased availability of electric appliances now may be the best time to ditch the gas meter. In this module we will explore the benefits of electrification, provide an overview of the considerations when going all-electric, discuss a variety of technology options and best practices for incorporating heat pumps for both domestic hot water and space heating.

Heat Pump Design and Installation Best Practices for Homes

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Air source heat pump (ASHP) design and installation practices have a major impact on system efficiency and performance – and can affect customer comfort and satisfaction. This module provides an overview of the design and installation considerations as well as homeowner education to help ensure efficient air-source heat pumps and happy customers in cold climates.

High Performance Ventilation for Homes

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As new home envelopes have become more and more airtight, most in the homebuilding industry have come to understand that proper ventilation is critical. But, how much air do we need, and what systems should we install? This module will discuss the health impacts of ventilation, different ventilation rates, and explore various ventilation systems: pros and cons, costs and benefits, and tips for installing the best systems for your project.

This course focuses on single-family homes and apartment-level systems. It doesn’t cover central ventilation in larger buildings .

If you have any questions on the training sessions listed above, or on NYSERDA’s Workforce Development and Training programs, please contact wfinfo@nyserda.ny.gov. We look forward to hearing from you.