Overview

Designed for those who have completed the Introduction to RETScreen® course or have some previous experience with the software, the Certified RETScreen® Expert (CRE) program is designed to help participants develop their skills in the analysis of all types of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Further, participants will develop a sound understanding of the new analysis functions provided by the software, such as the Virtual Energy Analyzer and the Portfolio Analysis Module as well as the monitoring of energy performance data.

The Certified RETScreen® Expert program is a highly immersive and engaging 3-day program that mixes instructor presentations with hands-on activities and exercises in the software. Our goal is to build your proficiency with RETScreen® throughout the course, culminating with the master case study, which serves as a review of the software’s features as well as the basis of the certification exam. Throughout the course, participants will also be given a series of short quizzes in order to ensure retention and comfort with the materials presented.

By taking the CRE course, participants can expect to grow their level of comfort and proficiency with the software and will be able to utilize it to perform an array of tasks from benchmarking to feasibility analysis, to the impact of a project on GHG emissions. If you are involved in the study of your building or company’s energy use is any way, this course is for you!

 

 

 

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Key Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Quickly gauge a facility’s energy performance using benchmarking, and evaluate energy costs and savings, GHG reductions, and financing viability.
  • Determine the energy production and savings potential for any location in the world employing Archetypes.
  • Verify the performance of implemented projects and find opportunities for further energy improvements.
  • Manage energy across a large number of facilities and achieve energy-related investment goals using the Portfolio Analysis. 
  • Automate and link data sources and other software tools directly with RETScreen® Expert using the RETScreen® Connect advanced scripting tool.
  • Have a certification underscoring their proficiency in RETScreen®.


Audience

  • Building owners, operators, or managers
  • Technical experts
  • Employees managing a portfolio of properties
  • Engineering firms or professional firms specialized in energy efficiency
  • ESCO employees
  • Employees responsible for EE program evaluation and operation

Location

CIET Virtual Real-Time Classroom training

This training will be offered virtually through Microsoft Teams. Upon enrollment, you will receive the information you will need to enjoy a great training experience.

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Course starts! 9:00 AM 6:00 AM 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
Training 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Morning Break 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Training 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Training 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11:00 PM - 12:30 PM 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Afternoon Break 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Training 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Course Ends/ Trainer Help Desk Opens! 4:30 PM 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM
Optional Help Desk (Q&As) 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Agenda

Day 1

  • Introduction 
  • Virtual Energy Analyzer / Archetypes 
  • Energy Efficiency Concepts 
  • Limitations of RETScreen® 
  • Benchmarking 
  • Feasibility Analysis in RETScreen 

 

Day 2

  • Introduction to Performance Analysis 
  • Step-by-step guide to Performance Analysis 
  • Statistical measures 
  • Tips & Tricks 
  • Performance Dashboard 

 

Day 3

  • Portfolio Analysis  
  • RETScreen® Connect 

Trainers

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Michel Parent
Eng., M.Sc.A.

Michel Parent has a Bachelor’s (Laval – 1986) and a Master’s degree (Waterloo – 1988, Solar Energy) in Mechanical Engineering. From 1988 to 1990, he was in charge of the Solar Laboratory at the National Institute of Scientific Research in Varennes. He then joined the Energy Group at the Industrial Research Center of Quebec from 1991 until 1996. Since 1996, M. Parent is a partner in a consulting engineering firm, Technosim, specializing in energy efficiency. Technosim has offices in Quebec and Ontario.

Mr. Parent is specialized in energy efficiency in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. He has performed numerous audits across North America, which were used in developing long term energy management plans. Mr. Parent is an Existing Building Recommissioning (EB Cx) Agent and has performed recommissioning for over 5 million square feet of office and retail properties across Canada. He is a certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP). Mr. Parent is a lead trainer for the Advanced Recommissioning Course developed for the Canadian Federal Government. Mr. Parent is also a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and has developed and implemented many M&V plans compliant with the IMPVP standard. He has also worked on M&T projects implementation to ensure continuous improvements to building efficiencies within the context of his EB Cx projects. Mr. Parent has developed training modules for large corporate clients to ensure persistence of savings following EB Cx projects as well as ongoing improvements. Mr. Parent was also retained by OEE to develop and pilot the introductory recommissioning courses. Mr. Parent is also recognized as an expert energy simulator by LEED and has performed many LEED simulations as well as third-party reviews of energy simulations. Mr. Parent has performed over 100 reviews of EE4/eQuest simulations, including many required for LEED submissions. Mr. Parent is a recognized LEED technical reviewer. He is one of the three trainers, recognized by the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE), in the use of the simulation tool EE4 used for LEED applications. Furthermore, he was contracted by Natural Resources Canada to evaluate the possible adaptations and usefulness of using Portfolio Manager within the Canadian market as a recommissioning tool.

Mr. Parent has been involved with RETScreen since its initial development. He has been in charge of developing the ground source heat pump module for RETScreen as well as being a technical reviewer for the solar (air and water) heating module, the wind energy module and photovoltaic modules of the initial versions of RETScreen. Mr. Parent is also an experienced RETScreen user, having been using the tool since its initial development until today in numerous feasibility analysis studies for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Yann Garneau
Eng., CMVP

Yann Garneau has extensive international experience having worked on policies, strategies and financing structures, as well as the study and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Yann studied mechanical engineering and economics and has 8 years of experience in the energy and climate change sector.

The course includes...

Access to a private SharePoint website with additional training material, references, and links.

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