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Registration now open for Appalachian Energy Center workshops scheduled between Aug. 11 and Sept. 29

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—The Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University is offering five professional development workshops through Sept. 29:

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  • “Solar Thermal Water Heating: Overview, Space Heating and Maintenance,” Aug. 11, which will cover several aspects of solar water heating, including system design, sizing, component selection, installation, performance verification and maintenance;
  • “Appalachian Clean Energy CLE,” Aug. 25, which will inform attorneys and other attendees about regulatory and policy issues related to clean energy facing North Carolina;
  • “Introduction to Building Energy Modeling,” Sept. 15, designed to enhance attendees’ understanding of appropriate uses for energy modeling at different phases of the design process;
  • “Microhydro System Design and Installation,” Sept. 22-23, which covers the basics of small-scale hydropower and includes a field trip to a local microhydro installation; and
  • “Closing the Loop: Why Do We Need Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) for Buildings?” This workshop, on Sept. 29, will devote a morning to the methods and benefits of POE; during the workshop’s afternoon session, a POE will be conducted at a recent Appalachian State University project.

The Appalachian Energy Center is a source of up-to-date information related to renewable energy, building science and energy efficiency.

The workshops are held in various locations in and around Boone and provide continuing education credits for architects, engineers, attorneys and NABCEP professionals.

Workshop costs range from $200 to $375.

Visit to register and for details.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.