Nov 30, 2020  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

SES 250 - RESNET Energy Rater Certification Training

4 credit hours - Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly; one term.
Reviews the basic principles and design of household energy systems. Also develops the skills and provides the training for the measurement and the evaluation of residential energy performance. Lab fee $40.

Note: Successfully completing this course prepares the student to sit for the RESNET National Energy Rater Exam, available at course’s end. The fee for the RESNET National Energy Rater Exam is the student’s responsibility.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the principles and design of various residential energy systems.
    • Identify the structural components of a house.
    • Identify and discuss the operation and design of the components of residential energy systems.
    • Develop troubleshooting protocols for diagnosing problems associated with residential energy systems.
  • Measure and evaluate the performance of residential systems.
    • Understand the principles, guidelines and procedures for performing a residential energy rating.
    • Discuss Energy Star Rating System performance criteria.
    • Utilize various energy analysis measuring and monitoring devices and instruments.
    • Gather and interpret on-site performance data.
    • Pinpoint system problems based on on-site data.
    • Analyze residential energy bill history.
    • Determine the BTU/degree day/square foot measure and interpret the result in terms of overall household energy efficiency.
    • Prepare a residential energy profile, using energy performance software.
    • Identify and analyze possible energy conservation measures for performance.
    • Identify and analyze possible measures for enhancing system performance.
  • Analyze possible energy conservation measures and strategies for enhancing energy efficiency.
    • Identify and analyze, based on data, possible energy conservation measures for performance, cost effectiveness, and environmental impact.
    • Explain and recommend the use of corrective, preventive and performance maintenance.
    • Create a preliminary energy management plan.
    • Recommend low cost/no cost energy conservation measures.
    • Evaluate retrofitting and/or replacement energy conservation options.
    • Analyze the viability of switching to alternative/renewable systems.
  • Discuss RESNET energy rater standards.
    • Review and apply RESNET energy performance criteria.
    • Clarify ethics standards and day-to-day issues confronting the energy rater.
    • Review the content of the National Energy Rater exam.
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking