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Energy Efficient Windows, Skylights, and Doors

Energy Efficient Windows, Skylights, and Doors
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH interactive presentation provides an overview of the basic principles for the design and installation of energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights 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 presentation will walk you through the process of selecting energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights 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, doors, and skylights.

This 1 PDH online course is applicable to engineers and designers, as well as residents themselves, who are interested in saving energy in new and existing residential buildings.

Learning Objectives

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

  • To understand the labels for energy efficiency provided by various certifying organizations
  • To acknowledge measures of efficiency such as U-Factor and SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient)
  • To familiarize with the concepts of visible transmittance, air leakage, and light-to-solar gain
  • To learn about the effects of using low-conductance frame materials, glazing or glass features, and gas fills and spacers for windows
  • To understand energy-efficient window operating types and technologies including storm windows, coverings, and interior and exterior window treatments
  • To acknowledge the effects of caulking and weatherstripping for windows and doors
  • To learn about energy and cost savings for new and replacement windows and doors for various climate zones
  • To secure energy efficiency in window, door, and skylight design
Course Document
For this course, you will need to go through the interactive presentation "Energy Efficient Windows, Skylights, and Doors". To access the presentation, you will need to log in or register and purchase the course. Following the course purchase, please click on the link provided in your account to view the presentation. The duration of this presentation is approximately 76 minutes.
This particular course document is accessible only after purchase.

Course Quiz

Once you finish watching the PDH interactive presentation, you will be redirected to your account to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on this interactive presentation.

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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