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Case Study in Sustainable Building Case Study in Sustainable Building
Our instructor Thomas Anderson will take you on his journey of researching, architecting, designing, and building his off-grid home near Bloomsburg. Whether you are dreaming about embarking on such a project or are just interested in how it's done, you can learn from his mistakes and successes and the wisdom he has gained in the process. Technologies and techniques discussed include passive solar, earth sheltering, stack effect, types of insulation, solar thermal, hydronic radiant heating, root cellar refrigeration, photovoltaics, wind power, solar tubes, DC appliances, water conservation, landscape considerations, home automation, backup and redundancy planning, and other topics.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
    Register today! Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce
    Off Grid Energy Systems I Off Grid Energy Systems I
    This course introduces homeowners and prospective homeowners to the principles of home energy conservation and off-grid energy production for the purposes of installing or competently hiring a contractor to install a system in their home to free them from dependence on the electrical grid. Students will learn how to estimate energy loads, employ conservation methods, and choose from among different generation methods. Furthermore, they will learn the electrical circuit principles necessary to construct a home energy system and the off-the-shelf components needed to make one work.
  • 4 Classes, Thursdays, March 8-29, 2018, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
    Register today! Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce
    Off Grid Energy Systems II Off Grid Energy Systems II
    Students will build a fully-functional portable solar generator which is a scale model of a residential off-grid energy system. In the process of creating a valuable product in its own right, participants will be applying concepts which can then be translated into a wholehouse electrical generation, storage, and distribution system. We will then discuss sizing, cost estimation, and planning the installation of a full-scale system based on the experience of building the scale model. The finished solar generator (which the student will keep) is comparable to commercial products retailing for $800 or more, capable of powering laptops, CPAP machines, LCD televisions, LED/CFL lights, powered coolers, etc., charged from a solar panel or wall outlet source. Participants are expected to purchase their own wire cutter/crimper and screwdriver tools. No prior electrical or construction experience required. Pre-requisite: Off Grid Energy Systems I. There is a materials fee of $412 for solar generator components.
  • 4 Classes, Thursdays, April 5-26, 2018, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 4 Classes, Thursdays, May 10-31, 2018, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
    Register today! Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce


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    For more information on courses, building project consultation, and other inquiries, contact Thomas Anderson at
    thomas@andersonalternative.com
    570-394-3278