The Tools for Completing Probationary Files course builds on the knowledge that participants will have gained by completing the Energy Advisor Training. The focus of this training program will be the data entry and modelling involved in working through a case study project of a home, with specific emphasis on unique features. The case study goes beyond the filing of a probationary file to include a detailed and in-depth review of upgrade options for the building envelope, key benefits and considerations, and an analysis of financial and greenhouse gas emissions for available upgrade options.
The program will also focus on the mechanical perspective, and how different types of mechanical systems integrate into a home, how they can be integrated with renewable energy systems, and how these systems interact with each other.
The case study portion of the program will offer participants the opportunity to consider various geographical locations and utility structures that are at play across different regions in Canada. In Addition, we will complete a financial review of the case study, and empower participants to prepare a one-page proposal.
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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 on 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, the Town of Banff, and the 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.
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