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Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

COURSE NO: M03-052
Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will establish the principles of design and installation of energy-efficient windows and doors in residential buildings.


Residential buildings account for about 21% of total energy consumption in the United States, and windows alone are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that upgrading the nation's current window stock to meet DOE's long-term performance goals could save more than 2 quadrillion BTU. Clearly, expanding the use of energy-efficient windows should be of interest to engineers and others interested in reducing energy consumption.


This course provides guidelines for engineers and designers concerned with the selection of energy-efficient windows and doors in new and existing residential construction in all U.S. climate zones. A discussion is given on energy performance for many window types and window coverings, and guidance is included for reducing energy lost through windows and doors.


The 3 PDH online course is intended for engineers and designers concerned about saving energy in residential buildings.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding measures of efficiency such as U-Factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)
  • Learning about the concepts of visible transmittance and air leakage
  • Understanding glazing types and frame types
  • Learning about the effects of using low-conductance spacers and gas fills
  • Learning about energy and cost savings for new and replacement windows for various climate zones
  • Understanding the labels for energy efficiency provided by various certifying organizations
  • Learning about effects of orientation, window area, and shading
  • Understanding energy efficiency in door design
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Energy Efficient Windows and Doors” prepared by Mark Rossow, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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