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In collaboration with Ulster County, SUNY Ulster delivers the skills and expertise necessary for those in the community to begin careers in the expanding clean technology industry. Courses in both clean technology and energy efficiency leading to certificates and certifications are offered. In addition, SUNY Ulster in partnership with SUNY Sullivan offers an Green Building Maintenance and Management AAS degree. Want to learn more about the types of green careers in the workforce? Check out this Green Buildings Career Map tool.


Course Offerings


Electrical Theory I

A basic introduction to electrical theory as it relates to the manufacturing and clean technology fields. Communication from SUNY Ulster and the student will be through SUNY Ulster email communication. You will be asked to monitor that email before and during this course.

DCB 1947 CRN 30316 T/R 2/21-3/9 5:30-7:30pm (non-credit bearing class) SRC $250


Photovoltaics (PV) Systems - NABCEP Recognized

Learn the basics of how to site, design, and install photovoltaic (PV) systems. This course includes sizing systems for both grid-connected and off-grid PV systems.  Learn about the solar resource, the problems associated with shading and the best orientation and tilt for PV arrays.  The course will cover the basic sizing and design of systems to serve a given electrical load, and safety procedures for installers.  Students will study the electrical code for PV systems in detail, and the various mounting systems for PV arrays and how they affect roofs.  Course includes a hands-on installation of a PV system. Students completing this course may sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.

Required textbook (not included. Must be purchased by the student): Understanding Photovoltaics, Warmke, 8th ed., 978-0-9791611-8-6

DCB 1795 CRN 67000 M/W 3/22-5/8 5:30-8:15pm Hyflex-SRC $686

NOTE: Students will meet on SRC Campus for lab activities once per week. Lecture will be synchronous remote.


BPI Building Science Principles

Earning the Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge is your first step into the world of energy efficient home performance. You will learn some of the widely-used industry terminology related to building science. Building science demonstrates how various components of a home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understanding the relationships between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home will enable you to assist yourself and others. Learn how these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home. Discover why improving the energy efficiency of the home should be the first step toward solar, geothermal, or other renewable energy improvements. Course price includes study materials and certificate exam.  This course is delivered either in book form for self-study or content can be available via web-based for self-study. Live Zoom sessions with the instructor will be made available to those that have questions. Course should take about 18 hours to study materials in order to take the certificate exam.

DCB 2323 CRN 66991 Rolling Enrollment Online $235 / FREE for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).


Principios de la Ciencia de la Constrrucción

Una introducción a lo Eficiencia Energetica para aquellos que buscan entender los fundamentos conceptos en este campo.

DCB 2402 CRN 30313 Lunes y Viernes 1/20-1/30 6-7:30pm En Linea Gratis 


BPI Building Analyst Professional

Prepares students to perform “whole-house” energy assessments, identifying a building’s problems at the root cause and prescribing and prioritizing solutions based on building science principles. Upon successful completion of the written and field exams, students receive Building Analyst Certification. Approved by New York State Bureau of Veterans Education for payment of VA Education Benefits. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs.

Prerequisite: Basic building science background strongly recommended.

Reference textbook: Residential Energy ISBN: 9781880120231

DCB1842 CRN 30314 M-F 1/9-1/13 9am-5pm Remote/SRC $295
M,T,W: Remote class 9am-5pm
R: In person at Stone Ridge in the Kelder building
F: Remote class 9-11am


BPI Envelope Professional

Learn to quantify whole-house performance and prescribe improvements to help tighten the building envelope (shell), stop uncontrolled air leakage, install needed insulation, and optimize comfort, durability and HVAC performance. Upon successful completion of the written and field exams, students receive BPI Envelope Professional Certification.

Prerequisite: BPI Building Analyst training. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs.

DCB 1843 CRN 30315 M-F 2/6-2/10 9am-5pm Remote/SRC $995  
M,T,W: Remote class 9am-5pm
R: In person at Stone Ridge in the Kelder building
F: Remote class 9-11am


BPI Written Exams

All written exams are by appointment and subject to a $200 non-refundable fee. After registering for any of the BPI Written Exams, you will be contacted via email to arrange an exam date. Exams are held remotely via Zoom. SUNY Ulster will follow guidelines set by BPI.

DCB 1025 CRN 66983 BPI Building Analyst Written exam Remote $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).

DCB 1026 CRN 66984 BPI Building Envelope Written exam Remote $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).

DCB 1635 CRN 66985 BPI Building Heating Professional Written exam Remote $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).

DCB 1262 CRN 66986 BPI Building A/C Heat Pump Written exam Remote $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).


BPI Field Exams

All field exams are by appointment and subject to a $200 non-refundable fee. Exams are held in Kelder located on the SRC.

DCB 1143 CRN 66987 BPI Building Analyst Field exam $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).

DCB 1149 CRN 66988 BPI Building Envelope Field exam $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).

DCB 1150 CRN 66989 BPI Building Heating Professional Field exam $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).

DCB 1270 CRN 66990 BPI Building A/C Heat Pump Field exam $400 / $100 for students who qualify for the NYSERDA grant (this includes ALL Ulster County residents).


BPI Heating Professional

Learn how to optimize the performance of heating equipment to help save energy and ensure occupant comfort, health, and safety. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs. Approved by New York State Bureau of Veterans Education for payment of VA Education Benefits. Prerequisite: BPI Building Analyst training. 

DCB1036 Available Upon RequestContact Barbara Reer at reerb@sunyulster.edu


BPI A/C Heat Pump Professional

If you are an EPA-certified installer, then the BPI Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Professional certification is the right next step for you. By achieving this certification, you will prove that you understand the role of refrigerant-based mechanical systems and their interaction with other building systems.

Prerequisite: BPI Building Analyst training and 40 CFR Section 608 Type II Certification

DCB1256 Available Upon RequestContact Barbara Reer at reerb@sunyulster.edu


BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) Certification Course

Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) certification is a simple, comprehensive, and affordable way for builders, remodelers, HVAC, insulation, and other contractors to gain the skills needed to offer duct leakage and blower door tests, in compliance with IECC codes for new home construction or existing home remodels. By earning the IDL certification, you prove that you can conduct duct leakage tests to the ASTM E1554-07 standard and blower door tests to the ASTM E779 standard. Course price is for class instruction only. To register for the certification exam, register for DCB 8380.

DCB 7840 Available by appointment Contact Barbara Reer at reerb@sunyulster.edu


BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) Review Class

A review class for those students already familiar with the terms and equipment needed for the BPI IDL Certification exam. Course price is for review of material only. To register for the certification exam, register for DCB 8380.

DCB 2327 Available by appointment Contact Barbara Reer at reerb@sunyulster.edu


BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) Certification Field Exam

DCB 8380 Available by appointment Contact Barbara Reer at reerb@sunyulster.edu


Building Electrification Microcredential

As employment opportunities grow in the area of Green Building, employers are looking for people that can add knowledge of Green Building to their skill set. There is a great need for an understanding of how heating systems work and how to use automation to save energy in a building. This Microcredential will support technicians, engineers and managers to gain knowledgeable insight into these new technologies.

This credential consists of five courses:

GRB 260 Green HVAC

GRB 230 Commercial Electrical

GRB 210 Building Automation and Controls

GRB 250 Troubleshooting Green Building Systems

GRB 280 Applied Learning

This credential is stackable into the Green Building AAS program.  

For more information regarding this Microcredential or to register for these courses, please contact Barbara Reer at reerb@sunylster.edu

 

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