Why your customers want you to learn about propane
The redesigned Propane Training Academy is more than a destination to keep up your professional certifications. It's your go-to resource to learn about the latest building technologies and trends.
From the outside, construction projects often appear to leap forward in stages. Even when construction on a home is steadily progressing, passersby will notice the major milestones: installation of the windows or siding, perhaps, or completion of the roofing or landscaping.
This month, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) training program made a similar leap forward with the launch of the redesigned Propane Training Academy. Users will quickly notice an improved interface that's easy to navigate and explore to find training courses relevant to their business. But the redesigned site is just one major milestone in the Propane Training Academy's ongoing growth and development.
The Propane Training Academy was created to provide architects, remodelers, and other construction professionals with free and informative training materials on propane and its many applications, installation specifics, and products. The courses on this site are registered for education credit with the American Institute of Architects, Green Building Certification Institute, National Association of The Remodeling Industry, and National Association of Home Builders, and they're a smart way for certified professional builders to maintain their standing with those organizations.
But whether or not you're collecting continuing education credits, Propane Training Academy courses are an important way for you to stay current on the latest building technologies and trends. When homebuyers ask you for a recommendation on energy sources or building systems, they expect to learn more than simply which systems you're most comfortable with. Propane Training Academy courses are backed by third-party research, so you'll learn when a new technology or HVAC system is appropriate for your project and when it's not.
As a non-profit organization funded by propane producers and retailers, PERC isn't aligned with any one manufacturer or product. The core of our identity is improving safety and expanding public awareness of propane and its many uses and environmental advantages, and an important part of that effort is training construction professionals about the benefits of building and remodeling with propane.
As you explore the Propane Training Academy, you'll see that the courses recognize that propane is not the right fit for every project. Variations by region and building type mean that propane won't always outperform other energy sources. But you'll also find that propane is an obvious improvement over energy sources or building systems such as heating oil or heat pumps that aren't installed in ideal conditions. Put simply, homeowners prefer having gas in their homes, and propane provides a gas option for virtually any home, in any location.
The Propane Training Academy is constantly adding and updating new courses.
A home isn't complete just because the siding's up, and the redesigned Propane Training Academy isn't done developing new course materials for building pros. The site is constantly adding and updating new courses, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks and return regularly for training with updated research and brand-new products and technologies.
Ready to get started now? An Energy and Environmental Analysis of Propane Energy Pod Homes is freshly updated with research and statistics highlighting the benefits of building homes with a bundle of propane applications. The Pod is a model for new-home construction that merges five applications of propane space heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes drying into an integrated, whole-home energy package, and we've developed the concept further since its initial launch in 2011.
Here are just a few features in the new training course:
- The course now includes Pod PLUS best practices to help builders and remodelers ready a home for future propane applications beyond the Pod's five.
- Energy Star recently transitioned its "Most Efficient" designation from a pilot program to a nationally released product labeling program, and the updated research incorporates a Most Efficient, 97 AFUE propane furnace into the calculations.
- The research is updated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most current emissions factors from its eGRID database.
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