Training Catalog

Mechanical Systems & Performance Testing

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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

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.

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This course has primarily been designed for Builders/Contractors/Remodelers, Architects/Designers, & Raters, but will also provide valuable information for Appraisers, Consultants, Educators, Engineers, Home Inspectors, Program Staff, Real Estate Professionals, & Students.

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
AIA: 14 LU/HSW  
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
*Energy Trust Trade Ally Reimbursements may apply. 

Want to learn more? This Mechanical Systems & Performance Testing course forms Module 4 of our interactive 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accreditation course.

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