Mechanical Systems & Performance Testing (SHP Module 4)

Explore design and product options for home mechanical and energy systems.

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This course will provide an exploration of the many design and product options for home HVAC and renewable power systems and an overview of load reduction approaches. Just as performance testing is necessary to verify the envelope’s construction, testing and verification of mechanical systems are also key components to creating high-performance sustainable homes. 

Course Features:
  • Day 1: Guest speaker presentation
  • ​Day 2: Two site visits to certified green homes + blower door test
Want to learn more? This course comprises Module 4 of our 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accreditation course. Attend all 6 modules and become a Sustainable Homes Professional! 

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at or (503) 968-7160 x20.

Learning Objectives
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  • Understand the relative impact of various building components and system types on the total energy load of a house.
  • Become familiar with residential HVAC and renewable power system types, their applications, limitations, and benefits.
  • Explain lighting design approaches and technologies, as well as daylighting benefits and limitations.
  • Recognize various types of performance testing and verification techniques and analysis.
  • Complete room-by-room load calculations for an example house and select appropriate systems according to the project objectives.

When & Where
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February 7-8, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Portland, OR 
Earth Advantage Classroom 
623 SW Oak Street, Third Floor, Portland, OR 97205 (map)

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education 
AIA: 14 CEs
BPI: 7 units  
CCB: 14 CEs 
OCHI: 14 CEs 
OR Real Estate Agency: 14 CEs  
EA Broker Renewal: 14 CEs  
AGA Renewal: 14 CEs  

Course Fee 
$275 | General Admission 
*Training Reimbursements for Energy Trust Trade Allies may apply. 
For more information on reimbursement, contact the trade ally coordinator at 1.866.365.3526 option 4.

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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Developers, Engineers, Raters/Verifiers, Remodelers, Subcontractors, Third-Party Verification Program Staff

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Stephen Aiguier
Stephen Aiguier: Stephen founded Green Hammer in 2002, evolving the business into a full service design-build firm committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. In the first few years of operation, Stephen led Green Hammer in building five of the nation’s highest scoring LEED Platinum homes. A Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) and building science expert, Stephen has been involved with many of the first residential and commercial Passive House buildings in the Pacific Northwest. In the past he has served as an energy performance advisor for the Passive House approach taken on the energy upgrades at Central City Concern's Mark O. Hatfield building in downtown Portland. Rarely is such a wealth of knowledge, passion and expertise found in an individual so willing to share with the world. Stephen has been invited to speak in front of thousands of people at every major green building conference in the United States, and he regularly blogs for the Daily Journal of Commerce and Sustainable Business Oregon.


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