Professional Engineers have a great advantage in understanding the energy systems of a house. With new construction of homes at a slow pace today, there is time for our nation to devote resources to making our existing houses more energy efficient. Standards and techniques used by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. should be familiar to PEs, who have a knowledge foundation in this field that is greater than the populace in general. The country can use the expertise of its engineering community to stop wasting valuable energy and money. Certainly the political will is there to achieve this.
While it may not be a profession changing opportunity for most, this course will enhance what you already know from your related engineering fields. It should allow Professional Engineers to exercise more leadership in their communities, where the Home Energy Audit and Weatherization businesses are exploding. And it could motivate PEs to gain additional credentials by proceeding toward Building Analyst certification.
Author: Peter J. Tavino Jr., PE
Course Number: 055
Course Hours: 4 PDH