Economics of Energy Efficiency for Existing Buildings
Exam for Continuing Education Units
March 17, 2011

 

Continuing Education Units: 1.5 AIA-certified Learning Units (LUs)

The drive for high-performance buildings is based on economics, not green ideology. Owners want documentation that investments will have a high return on investment or fast payback or both, and they want assurance energy fixes and upgrades will perform as expected and for the long-term.


Here's the lineup:

  • Sure-fire energy savings from common, low-cost HVAC and BAS fixes, upgrades, and specification procedures, presented by Mark Hydeman
  • How to make energy savings last: Using benchmarking, measurement & verification, and operator training, investments can achieve anticipated savings for the life of the system, presented by H. Jay Enck
  • Energy Economics: How to reduce first costs and increase return-on-investment using EPACT tax credits and utility rebates, presented by Cynthia Lucas

About the Presenters:

  • Mark Hydeman, PE, Principal, Taylor Engineering, ASHRAE Fellow, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Honoree
  • H. Jay Enck, Founder and Principal of Commissioning and Green Building Solutions, Inc. (CxGBS), and contributing author to the ASHRAE's Advanced Energy Design Guides
  • Cindy Lucas; Sales Director with Engineered Tax services Inc., a firm that specializes in helping building owners and engineers capitalize on energy-efficiency investments.
  • Michael Ivanovich; President of The Ivanovich Group LLC, Webcast Moderator

You must get 12 of 15 questions correct to pass the exam. You may retake the exam if necessary. You will be notified whether you passed or failed automatically after taking the exam. Upon passing the exam, a hardcopy certificate will be mailed within 30 days to you at the address you provide below.


1.Full Name *
2.Street Address 1 *
3.City *
4.State *
5.Zip Code *
6.Email Address *
7.Telephone Number *
8.Company/Organization Name *
9.AIA member number
10.) Based on the presentation given by Mark Hydeman, PE: *

When creating an I/O list for DDC specifications, it is absolutely essential to list all hardware points with specifications for hardware and list all gateway points with specifications for gateways.

True
False
11.) Based on the presentation given by Mark Hydeman, PE: *

Three-way valves should be used wherever possible:

True
False
12.) Based on the presentation given by Mark Hydeman, PE: *

Candidates for VFDs include:

Chillers
Pumps
Supply Fans
Fan-Coil Units
All of the Above
None of the Above
13.) Based on the presentation given by Mark Hydeman, PE: *

“Money Sensors” are sensors that merit extra investment because of their critical role in HVAC performance and/or metering.

True
False
14.) Based on the presentation given by Mark Hydeman, PE: *

Which of the following was recommended by Mark Hydeman:

Invest in your buildings
Specify the controls
Enforce the specifications
All of the above
None of the above
15.) Based on the presentation given by Jay Enck: *

Persistence is a concept whereby optimal building-energy performance is extended following new construction, retrofits, or retrocommissioning projects.

True
False
16.) Based on the presentation given by Jay Enck: *

Persistence measures include:

Operator training and documentation
Building / operator / owner feedback loops
Adding sensors and programming to BAS systems
Adding submeters to selected equipment and systems
All of the above
None of the Above
17.) Based on the presentation given by Jay Enck: *

Writing generalized sequences of operation for controls is good practice for consulting engineers because contractors should figure out the details:

True
False
18.) Based on the presentation given by Jay Enck: *

Plug loads are an insignificant drain on building energy during unoccupied hours.

True
False
19.) Based on the presentation given by Jay Enck: *

Persistence measures cost money, but can save more money through:

Energy savings
Reduced service calls
Avoiding premature equipment replacement
Reducing occupant calls for discomfort
All of the above
None of the Above
20.) Based on the presentation given by Cynthia Lucas: *

The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) 2005 provides how big of a tax deduction for energy efficiency investments in commercial buildings:

Up to 75 cents per sq. ft. for new windows
Up to $1.80 per square foot for HVAC, lighting, and envelope
$1.20 per square foot, up to 100,000 sq ft for HVAC
All of the above
None of the Above
21.) Based on the presentation given by Cynthia Lucas: *

Eligibility for the tax deduction is based on beating which version of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 by 30%:

ASHRAE 90.1-2001
ASHRAE 90.1-2004
ASHRAE 90.1-2007
22.) Based on the presentation given by Cynthia Lucas: *

Candidate include:

Upgrades, renovations and retrofits
New construction
Private commercial owners or leaseholders
Designers of Government Buildings
All of the above
None of the Above
23.) Based on the presentation given by Cynthia Lucas: *

Air-cooled HVAC products are ineligible for EPAct deductions:

True
False
24.) Based on the presentation given by Cynthia Lucas: *

Equipment replaced before its depreciation is fully realized can be claimed as ‘abandoned’ property, which could lead to tax benefits beyond EPAct.

True
False
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