Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates provides tribal environmental professionals with building science principles and a review of how a home responds as a dynamic system in warm climates.
Instructors delivering content for this online course expect you have a good understanding of indoor air quality (IAQ) basics and a basic understanding of IAQ and health, environmental conditions, structural design and construction, and operation and maintenance issues for residential homes in your community. This online course is equivalent to 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately eight hours of total learning time. CEUs can be earned by completing the following course topics:
- Getting to Know Your Warm Climate Region
- Residential Construction
- Assessing Potential Problems
- Managing Moisture
After completing this online course, participants will be able to:
- Explain how the home responds as a “dynamic system.”
- Identify basic building science principles.
- Have a Quality Assurance Project Plan for and educational outreach project on the topic of indoor air quality.
Presenters and Instructors:
Jed Harrison, former Indoor Air Quality/Building Science Researcher/EPA Lab Director
Mansel Nelson, Senior Program Coordinator, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals - Environmental Education Outreach Program
- Course Navigation Instructions
- Receiving your Certificate of Completion
- Introduce Yourself Here
- Questions or comments about the course?
- Introduction to the Course
- Course Workbook: Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates
- 1.1 Video: Why is Climate Important?
- Quiz 1.1: Why is Climate Important?
- 1.2 Video: Köppen Climate Classification System
- Quiz 1.2: Köppen Climate Classification System
- 1.3 Video: PRISM Climate Group
- Quiz 1.3: PRISM Climate Group
- 1.4 Video: Precipitation and Relative Humidity
- Quiz 1.4: Precipitation and Relative Humidity
- 1.5 Video: Climate Zones (DOE/IECC/ASHRAE)
- Quiz 1.5: Climate Zones (DOE/IECC/ASHRAE)
- 1.6 Video: Psychrometric Chart
- Quiz 1.6: Psychrometric Chart
- Combined Presentation Slides for "Getting to Know Your Warm Climate Region" (Videos 1.1 to 1.6)
- 2.1 Video: Factors to Consider for Diagnosing a Home
- Quiz 2.1: Factors to Consider for Diagnosing a Home
- 2.1 Discussion: Factors Affecting Residential Homes in Your Community
- 3.1 Video: Key Building Science Principles
- Quiz 3.1: Building Science Principles
- Resource file: Relative Humidity Chart
- 4.1 Videos: Residential Construction Review and Foundations
- Quiz 4.1: Foundations
- 4.2 Videos: Roofs and Building Envelope
- Quiz 4.2: Roofs and Building Envelope
- 4.3 Videos: HVAC-Cooling and Attics
- Quiz 4.3: HVAC-Cooling and Attics
- Combined Presentation Slides for "Residential Construction Review and Foundations" (Videos 4.1 to 4.3)
- 5.1 Video: Occupant Interview
- Quiz 5.1: Occupant Interview
- 5.2 Video: Walk-Through
- Quiz 5.2: Walk Through
- Presentation slides for Assessing Potential Problems
- 6.1 Video: Managing Moisture
- Quiz 6.1 Managing Moisture
- 6.2 Video: Managing Moisture in Arid Climates
- Quiz 6.2 Managing Moisture in Arid Climates
- Combined Presentation slides for Managing Moisture
- 7.1 Video: What is Ventilation? Ensuring Adequate Fresh Air
- Quiz 7.1: What is Ventilation? Ensuring Adequate Fresh Air
- 7.2 Video: Natural Ventilation.
- Quiz 7.2: Natural Ventilation.
- 7.3 Video: Designed Ventilation.
- Quiz 7.3: Designed Ventilation.
- Combined Presentation slides for Cooling and Ventilation in Hot Summer Climates
- 8.1 Video: Source Control
- Quiz 8.1: Source Control
- Home Assessment Form
- Course Workbook
- Course Evaluation - Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates
- Certificate of Completion - Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Warm Climates