This course is presented in partnership with Energy Efficiency Alberta. Energy Efficiency Alberta covers 50% of the course fees for residents of Alberta. (The prices announced are already discounted.)
Energy advisors assess the energy performance of residential homes and provide advice on potential energy savings during design, construction, and renovation stage.
To become a registered Energy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada, prospective candidates must first pass the Foundation Level and Energy Advisor exams. After successfully passing these exams, there is a requirement for probationary files to be completed with a licensed service organization and to maintain an association with at least one licensed service organization thereafter.
The Foundation Level course is the first step in becoming an Energy Advisor. This two-day course provides an overview of building science issues and sound business practices. Candidates will gain valuable knowledge in energy-efficient homebuilding techniques.
After the energy advisor certification has been obtained, individuals in association with a licensed service organization, will be able to conduct energy evaluations in accordance with NRCan’s EnerGuide Version 15 guidelines on Part 9 residential buildings, excluding MURBs, which is an additional required certification.
At the end of the course, participants should be knowledgeable in:
Construction and renovation of low-rise housingo Typical Canadian architectural house typology
o Building design process and construction techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
o Renovation techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
o Recognize highly efficient design principles for new construction and renovation
o Interpret plans
Numeracyo Perform geometric and arithmetic calculations accurately
o Execute unit conversions between metric and imperial
Safety Considerations when accessing home construction or renovation sites
Building Envelope (new and existing homes)o Building envelope barrier systems (air, vapour, moisture, weather/wind, thermal)
o Windows, skylights and doors
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (new and existing homes)o Common terminology
o Mechanical heating, cooling and ventilation systems
o Operation of heating, ventilation and cooling systems
o District energy systems
Renewable energy systems and their properties
Building Science Principles and the House-as-a-System Concepto Elements that make up a building and their interdependence
o Physical processes that occur within a building (heat, air and moisture flow)
o Indicators of indoor air pollutants
Who should attend?
• Individuals with an interest in energy efficiency and a desire to understand what makes a building comfortable and energy efficient
• Individuals wanting to become an energy advisor and conduct residential energy audits
• Individuals should have basic knowledge and an understanding of building sciences, construction practices and building materials
CIET’s NRCan Foundation Exam Prep Course is intended to adequately prepare participants to take NRCan’s Foundation Level Exam. You must pay and schedule a time to write the exam directly on NRCan’s website. The exam will not be administered during the preparation course.
Stephen Farrell, P.L. (Eng.) – Mechanical Engineering, CEM; with 25 years in residential and commercial energy management consulting and mechanical engineering design. He currently owns and operates two companies: Acacia Engineering Ltd. and VerdaTech Energy Management and Consulting Inc. Acacia Engineering is a mechanical engineering consulting firm specializing in HVAC and plumbing design, with a strong focus towards energy efficiency where applicable.
Stephen has extensive experience in energy management and consulting and has been actively involved with Natural Resources Canada in consulting on and managing various energy efficiency programs. His company VerdaTech has completed over 45,000 residential energy assessments and is a licensed service organization for NRCan’s ERS version 15, and EnergyStar for New Homes.
He has actively trained EnerGuide advisors across Canada for multiple programs including, but not limited to, EnerGuide for houses 0-100 rating for both new and existing construction, EnerGuide for houses MURB (0-100 rating), EnergyStar and the most current EnerGuide version 15. Over the last 18 years, has trained in excess of 100 advisors. He also has presented various energy efficiency seminars for numerous organizations, including the City of Medicine Hat, Town of Banff, and City of Calgary. Stephen is also currently serving on the Metro Vancouver “Rate Our Home & Labelling” steering committee for energy labelling, labelling disclosure and integration with the BC Energy Step Code.
The course includes...
- On the first day of training, you will receive your copy of the preparation workbook. This document is included in the course fee.
- Please note that all breakfasts and lunches, as well as the morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also included in the course fee.
If you are unable to attend the course, you may substitute another person in your place without penalty. All cancellations or postponements must be communicated to CIET by email at email@example.com.
- Registrations cancelled more than 4 weeks prior to the course starting date: no penalty.
- Registrations cancelled between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the course starting date will be assessed an administration charge of $100.
- Registrations cancelled 2 weeks or less prior to the course starting date will be assessed 50% of the registration fee.