Education and Outreach

The Iowa Energy Center provides training opportunities throughout the year to offer a variety of professional development opportunities. The Energy Center advertises these opportunities on the Events Page, so Iowans can stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the energy and energy efficiency industry. These opportunities are categorized in four program areas; Bioenergy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Education and Outreach.

Learn more about the Calendar of Events here >> or visit our Twitter feed, where we post daily opportunities, along with updates and energy news.

In addition, the Energy Center also offers hands-on training in the area of Energy Efficiency. All of our courses are hosted at our Energy Resource Station facility, in Ankeny, and cover a variety of energy efficiency professional development and certification trainings. Depending on the course, CEUs, PDHs, or certification may be awarded.

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Available Archived Trainings

We also archive trainings that we’ve provided and offer them to the public so they can learn at their own pace and schedule. These trainings are available below.

October 30, 2014
Overcoming Technical and Non-Technical Barriers On the Road to Commercialization

Presented by Jim Spaeth, Bioenergy Demonstration & Market Transformation (Program Manager) U.S. Dept. of Energy

One of the Energy Department’s key objectives in bioenergy is to foster development of a robust, commercially-competitive biorefinery industry and help reduce the risk associated with designing, constructing and operating first-of-a-kind biorefinery demonstrations. This assistance is critical to enable private sector confidence to invest in facility construction and replication at the commercial scale. This presentation will give key lessons and best practices the Department has learned over the last decade. The discussion will also cover how that information could be used to demonstrate successful risk reduction, and thereby contribute to successful commercialization of integrated biorefineries. To access this presentation, please Click Here. (Note – Please allow 1-2 minutes for this presentation to load. Thank you for your patience).

September 16, 2014
Pressurization and Ventilation: Achieving Energy Efficiency and IAQ Compliance 

Presented by Leonard A. Damiano, EBTRON, Inc.

Adequate building ventilation and pressurization while minimizing building energy use and maintaining occupant comfort for commercial buildings will be the central issue discussed in this presentation. This webinar will discuss the major reasons for measuring airflow for HVAC control and backfill those answers with supporting information that includes compliance with professional design standards and local codes. The material concludes with a discussion of the differences between the measurements technologies that are available. The material presented is targeted at building professionals (building designers, mechanical engineers, building control engineers, testing and balancing contractors, ASHRAE members, etc.). To access this presentation, please Click Here.

August 4, 2014
USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Webinar: How to Win Grants Under the Small Business Innovation Research Program 

Presented by USDA

This workshop was presented at Iowa State University. The recorded session was presented by a USDA program leader. Find out what technologies and research the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking, what money is available, and how to get proposals funded. Learn from SBIR awardees and find out about Iowa SBIR support and innovation programs. To access this presentation, please Click Here

October 24, 2013
Is ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or IECC-2012 the Right Energy Code for Your New Facility? 

Presented by Jeff Boldt, Principal and Director of Engineering, KJWW Engineering 

Many states will adopt the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2012. Iowa plans to adopt IECC-2012 on January 1, 2014 with an effective date a few months later. This code permits two prescriptive compliance paths – the IECC prescriptive path and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 prescriptive path. There are significant differences between these two codes.Mr. Boldt’s presentation covers the basics of federal law regarding state energy codes and compares the two prescriptive compliance options so that project teams can decide which is the correct compliance path for their project. To access this presentation, please Click Here