Building codes require stricter construction practices of new homes to ensure higher energy efficiency levels are met. We offer customized training for builders, construction professionals, designers, and architects in energy modelling and code compliance in order to help them efficiently incorporate energy efficiency at the design stage of houses and buildings.
We will work with you to design customized training that fits your organization’s needs. We offer training in energy efficiency literacy, HOT2000 software modelling, Energy Code Compliance, and STEP Code.
Energy Advisor Training
Energy Advisors assess the energy performance and potential energy savings for homes during the design, construction and renovation stage and provide advice to builders and homeowners on how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
To become an Energy Advisor, you must successfully pass the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Foundation Level and Energy Advisor exams. This link will take you to NRCan’s website that will further explain the process and requirements. You must be able to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in:
- Residential construction practices for low-rise housing
- Energy efficiency renovation practices
- Residential building materials
- Residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Building science, including the principles of the “house as a system”
- Basic arithmetic and geometry, computer skills
- Good client relations
If you have knowledge and experience with building construction practices and materials, you can challenge the Foundation Level Exam. Alternatively, you can attend training that will prepare you to write the exams. CIET offers the prep course for the NRCan Foundation Level and Energy Advisor exams, click this link to check the schedule for upcoming courses.
After successfully passing these exams, you are required to complete probationary files and maintain an association with a licensed service organization thereafter. We provide a very affordable and creative path to completing your required probationary files, the required mentorship and achieving your full NRCan EA certification. We remove barriers to getting your new or existing career as an energy advisor moving forward and look forward to including you in our team of EA’s. We assist our network of EA’s grow their skills and business opportunities.
Contact us if you already have passed your exams and wish to proceed with arranging probationary files or wish to register with VerdaTech as your Service organization.
Section 9.36 of the National Building Code requires stricter construction practices of new homes to ensure higher energy efficiency levels are met. The energy efficiency provisions deal with the construction of the building envelope, the sizing and selecting of HVAC and water heating equipment and energy performance simulation for housing. The code applies to all residential new construction and major renovations and additions. This course will provide an overview of the three compliance paths to achieve the energy efficiency requirements. Knowledge of HOT2000 energy modelling software is required to attend this class.
This course is targeted at energy modellers, energy advisors, designers, builders, and architects.
STEP Code Training
The BC Step Code is a voluntary standard that was implemented in BC in April 2017. The Step Code provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieve more energy-efficient buildings. It offers builders and designers the flexibility to chose energy-efficient construction features on a performance-based approach rather than a prescriptive approach. Under the BC Step Code, builders and designers are required to meet a set energy-efficiency target, but they have the flexibility to decide how they meet this target. Compliance with these targets are demonstrated with the use of energy modelling software and on-site testing. A working knowledge of HOT2000 energy modelling software is recommended for this course.
At the end of this course, students will have acquired knowledge of:
- Understanding the step code & interpreting the tables.
- Understanding the metrics used by the BC Step Code
- Interpreting the different metrics
- Understating the formulas
- Where the numbers come from
- How they are used
- How to use these effectively
- Completing the required Calculations
- Completing the required reports