Year in Review: 2011 Training Content
Looking to fulfill your professional training requirements for the year? Been meaning to download that research paper comparing residential water heating systems? Remember that video you didn't get to finish? Here's your chance to get caught up on all the training content we produced this year on buildwithpropane.com and propanetrainingacademy.com.
The Propane Energy Pod
The Propane Energy Pod building model, our proposal for the construction of more energy-efficient new homes, demonstrates how treating the five key areas of energy use in a homespace heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes dryingas parts of a single energy package can result in a combination of benefits, including lower HERS scores and carbon emissions. Our page dedicated to the topic includes an energy calculator, a video, fact sheets, and a CEU course.
Filmed at the JLC Live show in Providence, R.I., these three full-length sessions are a must for those who were not able to attend the event this year.
- How to Install a Direct-Vent Propane Wall Furnace. Tim Greer of Rinnai demonstrates how easy a direct-vent furnace can be to install.
- Sizing and Installation of Residential Backup Generators. Melanie Tydrich and Ed DelGrande of Kohler Power review basic questions that arise when considering this application.
- Installation and Performance of Propane Micro-CHP Cogeneration Systems. Mike Monohan of Marathon Engine Systems explains how residential CHP systems can achieve tremendous energy savings for faster payback.
The Propane Training Academy added one other new training course this year, in addition to the Propane Energy Pod course mentioned above. Like most courses on the site, both are approved for credit by the American Institute of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and U.S. Green Building Council.
- Choosing to Live Off-Grid. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable lifestyle, moving away from the city, and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off-grid. This course compares and contrasts types of generators and fuel choices for off-grid living.
Interactive Training Tools
This year, we collected the various interactive training tools on our site — the Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, the Home Heating Map, the Propane Products and Appliance Directory, and others — into a single module.
Research Studies and Fact Sheets
Claiming to be the superior energy source is easy; backing it up with third-party research is harder. The calculations and energy modeling data on which we build our training content are summarized in the fact sheets and explained fully in the studies below.
Residential Water Heating Systems. Water heaters typically get replaced every 12 to 15 years, which gives remodeling contractors an opportunity to talk to homeowners about upgrading to more efficient propane systems. This study provides an energy, environmental, and economic analysis of 10 water heating systems in 10 U.S. locations so that builders, contractors, and homeowners can make informed decisions on both replacement and new systems.
Comparative Heating Systems. This study evaluates 14 different heating systems in 16 locations across the United States in both new and existing homes. The results include some surprising facts about which systems and energy sources deliver the fastest rates of return on initial investment.
Whole-House Analysis of Energy-Efficiency Upgrades. Decisions on where and when to invest in residential efficiency upgrades can be difficult for a homeowner, especially when it comes to paying a premium for higher efficiency equipment. This study is intended to serve as a guide for answering questions related to prioritizing energy upgrades for existing homes.
Underground Propane Tanks. Unlike some other residential energy sources, propane is nontoxic and insoluble in water. This means that, in the unlikely event of a release, propane is not harmful to soil or watercharacteristics that make storing propane in underground tanks especially appealing for those seeking an environmentally friendly, reliable energy supply. This study is designed to guide community planners who are considering a propane development.