About Our Trainings Series and Events
Allies for Efficiency
Allies for Efficiency (AFE) is a series that highlight high-performance building case studies. Each presentation features a panel discussion with the design and construction team as well as a physical or virtual tour of the building.
High Performance Design Training (HPDT)
These technical trainings cover new construction design topics including Oregon Energy Code changes, the Net Zero Emerging Leaders Internship presentations, Net Zero Fellowship research and new emerging technologies.
Building Energy Simulation Forum (BESF)
The Building Energy Simulation Forum (BESF) training series offers engineers, energy analysts and designers a forum to discuss and share knowledge on topics related to building simulation, energy analysis and modeling.
On-demand trainings are pre-recorded, available online and cover technical content that supports the net zero energy-efficiency communities. Current trainings offered include:
Training: Removing Barriers to Net Zero Commercial Industrial Development in Oregon
Learn from this hour-long webinar how Net Zero Fellow, Jean von Bargen Root, explored barriers and opportunities for pursuing net-zero in commercial-industrial developments. This training evaluates current and future climate conditions and assesses how local codes, standards and policies help or hinder net-zero performance in this building type. Upon completion of the course, you have the option to receive a certificate of completion, and AIA LU and Oregon CCB CEUs.
View the Net Zero Fellow, Jean von Bargen Root’s research report
Training: The Cost of Multifamily Energy Efficiency in Oregon
This 50-minute webinar is presented by Net Zero Fellow, Katy Anderson and is focused on increasing the industry’s knowledge of cost drivers associated with net-zero multifamily construction. Participants can expect to find resources that design teams and energy modelers can use to estimate costs in early design, including consolidated system-specific cost data for energy- efficiency measures. Upon completion of the course, you have the option to receive a certificate of completion, and AIA LU and Oregon CCB CEUs.
View the Net Zero Fellow, Katy Anderson’s research report
Training: Review of the Commercial Provisions of the 2021 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC)
This 90-minute webinar provides an overview of current Oregon commercial energy code and recent energy code policy developments. Participants will learn about the requirements of the recently adopted 2021 Oregon Energy Code, based on ASHRAE 90.1-2019, including the envelope, mechanical, and electrical requirements. Upon completion of the course, you have the option to receive a certificate of completion, and AIA LU and Oregon CCB CEUs.
Training: Commercial Heat Pump Water Heater Systems: Sizing and Modeling
During this 90-minute webinar, participants will learn how commercial heat pump water heaters (CHPWHs) can help decarbonize water heating in multifamily buildings. A case study analysis of a retrofitted building in Seattle shows how appropriate sizing and a novel “swing tank” design led to a very small system that yields energy efficiencies and other favorable results. Upon completion of the course, you have the option to receive a certificate of completion and an AIA LU CEU.
Training: Optimizing variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems for design to operation
This series features four modules which allow participants to learn at their own pace and access the training when and where it is convenient. Upon finishing all 15-minute modules, you have the option to receive a certificate of completion, and AIA LU and Oregon CCB CEUs.
- Module 1: Background, benefits and regional applications
- Module 2: Design best practices
- Module 3: Financial considerations
- Module 4: Construction and operations
Special Events and Technical Trainings
These trainings highlight pilot programs or inform participants about new tools and resources, program offerings and cross-program trainings.
Partnership events are collaborations with professional associations, industry groups and community-based organizations that aim to reach the diverse audiences in new construction and major renovation sector. Event partners include AIA Oregon, AEE Columbia River Chapter, NEEA and BetterBricks.