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Home Insulation Basics

COURSE NO: T03-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Home Insulation Basics
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides guidance on how insulation works, what different types of insulation are available, and how much insulation is generally required based on climatic conditions.


Heating and cooling account for 50% to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Proper insulation:

  • saves money and our nation's limited energy resources {C}
  • makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house
  • makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer


The amount of energy a homeowner can conserve will depend on several factors:

  • local climate
  • size, shape, and construction of the house
  • living habits of the home occupants
  • type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems
  • type of fuel being used


Once the energy savings have paid for the installation cost, energy conserved is money saved, and saving energy will be even more important as utility rates go up.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, energy professionals and construction personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding of insulation applications in a variety of settings and their corresponding benefits.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding of how insulation works
  • Learning about what kind of insulation is best
  • Learning about how to insulate a new house versus adding insulation to an existing one
  • Learning about air sealing, moisture control and ventilation
  • Understanding the various insulation installation options and challenges
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled “Insulation Basics” prepared by the Department of Energy, Publication No. DOE/CE-0180 (2008).

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Home Insulation Basics (2.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOE 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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