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:
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.
There are three ways that builders can meet the building code:
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
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.
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%.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) has announced its 2016 schedule for solar certification exams. NABCEP is the standard-bearer for solar energy concepts. Electricians, roofers, and general contractors looking to pursue a solar certification all look to the NABCEP Solar Certification Program. NABCEP published a series of technical standards (called job task analyses) for solar panel installers, solar sales professionals, and solar heating professionals.
If you've been following our coverage of the new ISSP Sustainability Certification program, you know that the deadline for ISSP members to take the beta versions of the exams recently passed. Although this was a beta exam, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) was clear that any candidate who passed the exam would effectively be among the first in the world to officially earn the designation.
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.
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.
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.