Overview

Recently added to CIET’s roster of sustainable energy programs, the 1-day Introduction to RETScreen® Expert course has been created for newer users of the software, or individuals that are just starting to be involved in the analysis or management of energy use in buildings and facilities. The course features both presentations for our trainers, as well as hands-on use and exercises in RETScreen®. The day will culminate with a few knowledge-based exercises.

The RETScreen® Expert Software is an intelligent decision support tool that enables stakeholders to rapidly identify, assess, optimize and track the performance of clean energy investments over the entire project life cycle. The software can be used to evaluate:

  • Clean energy options
  • Savings and costs of energy production
  • Financial viability and risk for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies
  • GHG Emission reductions
  • The performance of implemented projects

By taking the Introduction to RETScreen® Expert course, participants will learn to get the most out of the software and be presented with an overview of key tools, such as feasibility analysis, performance analysis, and portfolio analysis that they can start to use in their own projects. When they are ready to take the next step in proficiency, The Certified RETScreen® Expert program will be available to guide participants through more complex projects and functionality.

 

 

 

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Key Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic functionality and uses of the RETScreen® software
  • Learn how to use the software to centralize key energy-related data
  • Have a solid conception of Energy Efficiency concepts
  • Discern how to set up an energy analysis and benchmark consumption
  • Conduct a basic feasibility analysis in RETScreen®


Audience

  • Employees responsible for EE program evaluation and operation
  • Those that are new to Energy Efficiency
  • Employees managing a portfolio of properties
  • Sustainability staff looking to analyze GHG emissions or the impact of renewable energy projects
  • Recent graduates

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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Schedule

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

Agenda

Course Agenda

  • Introduction to RETScreen® Expert – What is it?
  • How, When & Why to Use RETScreen® Expert
  • The Virtual Energy Analyzer – Hands-On
  • My First Feasibility Analysis  – Hand-On
  • Performance Analysis for Beginners – A Quick Tour
  • Pulling it All Together – Portfolio Analysis Demo
  • Custom Dashboards – Quick Peek
  • Brief overview: Key Functions & Features with a Hands-On Heads-Up Tour (continued in CRE)
  • Creating a Simple Report

Trainers

Michel Parent, CIET Canada, headshot
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.

The course includes...

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

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