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California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program

Tue, 2016-01-26 10:52

California legislators pride themselves on being extremely progressive on green building and energy efficiency. As a result, the state has some of the strictest building codes in the country. The energy efficiency programs that offer improvements everywhere else in country are often not good enough for California. One such example is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program.

Michigan Energy Auditor Certifications

Thu, 2016-01-21 11:45

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 01:44

How to Meet MI Energy Code - Become a RESNET HERS Rater

Starting February 8, 2016, the Michigan Energy Code will adopt the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan." The state will be skipping the 2012 IECC, thereby increasing the energy efficiency requirements of its homes by 10-12%.

2016 NABCEP Exam Dates for Solar Certification

Tue, 2016-01-19 10:26

Last Updated: 2018-02-28 01:46

For the most up-to-date schedule of NABCEP certification exams, please visit http://www.nabcep.org/calendar.

First Cohort of ISSP Sustainability Associates Announced

Thu, 2016-01-14 12:20

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

Nevada Gambled Away Its Solar Energy Growth

Tue, 2016-01-12 11:45

As we revealed in our Top 10 States for Solar Energy post, the success of solar energy in a given territory is largely traced back to state and local policy. Several of the top states listed were not those with the most sunshine but rather those that had laid the policy groundwork to encourage solar energy adoption.

Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

Thu, 2016-01-07 14:01

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently announced that Congress extended the 45L federal tax credit for 2015 and 2016 as part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill. The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for building and selling high-performance homes, such as those evaluated by certified HERS Raters and those that earn an ENERGY STAR Certification. 

Incentive to Build Energy Efficient Homes

4 Trends in LEED Training

Tue, 2016-01-05 13:00

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 01:52

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and represents a labeling system that honors and differentiates energy-efficient buildings. Although the LEED green building certification system has been in existence since March 2000, knowledge and training for architects and engineers didn’t really hit the market until the late 2000s.

How to Schedule the NABCEP Certification Exam

Tue, 2015-12-22 11:54

Last Updated: 2018-01-04 11:10

Professionals who are looking to earn a solar certification will likely pursue a designation from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). NABCEP offers several types of solar exams. Those include:

The Three Types of ENERGY STAR Certification

Thu, 2015-12-17 11:03

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently distributed its findings from a highly anticipated Market Survey Report, which asked respondents to provide feedback on their educational interests. While the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was recorded as the most poplar green building rating system utilized by respondents, many indicated an interest in learning about other rating systems and standards as well. The next desired rating system after LEED was ENERGY STAR.

Why NC Town Rejected Solar Panels

Tue, 2015-12-15 11:01

Concerns vs. Facts

You may have heard by now that the town of Woodland, NC rejected a proposal for a solar farm following public concerns. Citizens expressed their fear and mistrust of solar energy technology, blocking Strata Solar Company to build a solar farm off Highway 258.

Strata Solar had proposed a solar farm around Woodland because the town has an electrical substation where the solar power generated by the panels could be hooked up to the electrical grid.