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Preparing for the New BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification

Thu, 2016-03-24 09:29

Earlier this week, Everblue staff members were invited to join a private webinar hosted by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to learn about the new BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification. With a pilot testing phase set to launch on April 4, BPI’s Matt Anderson took some time to explain the history of the new BPI HHE designation and logistical details for debuting this certification.

For more information about BPI Certification in general, visit our BPI Energy Auditor overview series.

How Much is the LEED GA Exam?

Tue, 2016-03-22 13:46

Last Updated: 2017-03-28 01:05

If you're planning on earning a LEED credential and demonstrating your knowledge of sustainability concepts, your first step is to pass the LEED Green Associate exam.

If you're just getting started with LEED and want a better understanding of the LEED credential process, visit our New to LEED? Start Here! series.

Registering for the LEED Exam

Incorporating LEED Into Your Community

Thu, 2016-03-17 15:44

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 01:07

Do you have a passion for sustainability? Have you heard of LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards apply to high-performance “green” buildings and make up the basis for LEED Certification. LEED Certification offers verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at reducing energy and water usage, promoting better indoor air quality, and improving quality of life.

New NYC Laws Require LEED Gold

Tue, 2016-03-15 11:37

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 01:11

Last week, the New York City Council passed two laws – 701-A and 721-A – that amend the city’s current legislation about LEED Certification. These laws now require most new city buildings and major retrofits to achieve LEED Gold. This is an enhancement from previous legislation that required a minimum LEED Certified rating level for health and educational occupancies and a minimum LEED Silver rating level for buildings or spaces of all other covered occupancies.

High Participation in Second ISSP-SA Certification Beta

Thu, 2016-03-10 13:49

Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

Due to the enthusiastic support for the new ISSP Sustainability Certification program, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) introduced a second beta exam for its introductory designation ISSP Sustainability Associate.

4 Programs That Require NABCEP Certification

Wed, 2016-03-02 13:19

Last Updated: 2017-07-25 10:53

When it comes to the home improvement industry, the best way to evaluate a new career is to look at demand. If you’re even remotely following construction-related news, you’ve probably witnessed the explosive growth that the industry has seen with solar panel installations.

For example, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported the first quarter of 2015 saw 135,000 solar installations, with a new solar project installed every 2 minutes!

Utah Solar Installer Requirements

Thu, 2016-02-18 15:11

Last Updated: 2018-01-05 10:07

First, let’s understand what is meant by “solar installer requirements.” Solar installations are commonly regulated at the state, county, and utility levels. As with many professional occupations, such as architecture and engineering, solar installers may need to be licensed in the state in which they are providing their services.

If you want to begin learning about solar energy, visit our Introduction to Solar series.

Everblue Staff Earn Advanced ISSP Certification

Thu, 2016-02-11 12:24

Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

When we last wrote about the pending ISSP Sustainability Certification program, we shared the names of the 134 folks who passed their ISSP Sustainability Associate beta exam to join the inaugural class of certified sustainability professionals.

There are two levels of ISSP Certification:

2015 IECC Code: A Look at Builders' Options

Tue, 2016-02-09 12:00

Last Updated: 2017-05-11 12:53

The International Energy Conservation Code, which is updated every three years, serves as the national model energy code and becomes mandatory when adopted by a state or local jurisdiction. When a builder builds a home, he/she has to meet the current energy code for the jurisdiction in which the home is located.

Does Certification Increase My Pay?

Thu, 2016-02-04 14:17

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 01:41

Professional certification can lead to salary increases of $5,000 to upward of $20,000 annually. Given that the total cost of pursuing a sustainability certification generally ranges between $500-$1,895, the annual potential earnings increase certainly outweighs the upfront cost.

Why Certification is Valuable