CEF141 - Passive Solar Heating Project Feasibility Analysis

This Passive Solar Heating Project Feasibility Analysis self directed course (previously RS140a) is based on a case-study learning approach and expands on the curriculum initially developed by the RETScreen
division of Natural Resources Canada. The training material for the course includes multimedia presentations on Passive Solar Heating technologies, RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources.

The course covers passive solar heating for:

  • Single detached homes
  • Row and townhouses
  • High rise buildings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Industrial buildings
  • Institutional buildings

Course content:

  • Overview of passive solar heating systems
  • Passive solar heating system operation
  • Advanced window technologies, shading, and thermal mass
  • Solar resource vs. demand for space heating
  • Canadian & American low-energy buildings
  • European self-sufficient solar houses
  • Passive solar heating system and project costs
  • Passive solar heating project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Self directed exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis
  • Self directed assignment on planning and conducting a passive solar heating project feasibility analysis based on a case study

What you will learn:

By the end of the course, successful participants will have acquired the
essential knowledge to perform a feasibility analysis that will enable
stakeholders to decided whether or not to proceed with a potential
renewable energy project. Specifically, successful participants will
have learned:

  • The technologies of passive solar heating
    systems, the various types of passive solar heating projects, the
    equipment and processes involved, in what context they are most
    interesting and appropriate
  • How to identify economically viable potential passive solar heating projects
  • How to perform full-scale project feasibility analysis for passive solar heating projects
  • How to use RETScreen to evaluate the quantitative technical and economic factors of passive solar heating projects
  • The complete method to calculate the payback, return on investment, and
    other financial ratios for passive solar heating projects

There is no facilitator feedback or team work involved in this self-paced
course. Knowledge is evaluated via three multiple choice exams.
Differences between the self-paced and certificate version of a course
are detailed here.