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Energy-Efficient Windows for Residential Buildings

COURSE NO: M06-028
Energy-Efficient Windows for Residential Buildings
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents guidelines to help engineers, builders, homeowners, and designers select energy-efficient windows in new and existing residential construction in all U.S. climate zones. It includes information about window products, attributes, and performance. It provides cost/benefit information about window energy-savings and about non-energy benefits such as thermal comfort and reduced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning demands. The guidelines also provide information about the energy impacts of design decisions such as window orientation, total glazing area, shading conditions, and about proper window installation.


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 6 PDH online course is intended for engineers, builders, homeowners, and designers interested in 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 efficiency measures such as U-Factor and SHGC
  • Knowing the concepts of visible transmittance, air leakage, and condensation resistance
  • Learning about glazing types
  • Understanding the effects of using low-conductance spacers and gas fills
  • Learning about frame types
  • Understanding the relation of energy efficient windows to energy codes
  • Learning about energy and cost savings for new and replacement windows
  • Becoming familiar with life cycle cost analysis
  • Understanding the effects of orientation, window area, and shading
  • Learning about proper installation techniques
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the DOE document, "Measure Guideline: Energy-Efficient Window Performance and Selection," prepared by John Carmody and Kerry Haglund of the University of Minnesota under NREL Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 (Subcontract No. KNDJ-0-40338-02), November, 2012.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Energy-Efficient Windows for Residential Buildings (8.55 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USDOE publication.
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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