Pursuing a LEED professional credential can be a daunting and overwhelming endeavor for some individuals. Those who put in the time to study the LEED credits, baseline measurements, and case studies, however, will likely find themselves in a successful position.
Licensing and certification requirements for solar installers vary by state. In some states, individuals are required to have an electrical contractor’s license. In other states, individuals can pursue a renewable energy designation without electrical experience.
Rhode Island offers a unique best-of-both-worlds approach – a pathway for those with electrical experience and a pathway for those without electrical experience.
Officially, an individual with electrical experience should pursue:
The Residential Energy Services Network, or RESNET, recently published findings from a new study conducted by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency about how utilities are encouraging the growth of energy efficiency in new home construction.
Many new construction energy efficiency programs provide financial incentives to builders or consumers who have incorporated specific measures in their home. These measures include insulation, windows, ducts, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, and appliances.
According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), there were 206,583 homes in the United States that were evaluated by a HERS Rater and issued a HERS Score in 2016.
This broke the record for the number of homes HERS rated in a year!
In 2016, there were 16,403 more homes HERS rated than in 2015.
ISSP Certification is a new professional development program for sustainability practitioners worldwide.
This program was developed by the International Society of Sustainability Practitioners (ISSP). After several years of research and analysis, ISSP’s professional sustainability certification launched in 2016.
SRP, one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, is offering a series of rebates for energy efficiency upgrades made to Arizona homes. Eligible contractors can receive rebates up to $400 (learn more below).
This designation builds on the knowledge base of certified home energy auditors and places additional emphasis on identifying health and safety hazards in the home.
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) hosted a webinar in early December to address updates to the BPI Healthy Home Evaluator program. The webinar panel included:
Dr. Peter Ashley began with reiterating the importance of healthy home issues and putting the development of the BPI HHE credential into context.
If you’re looking to earn a solar PV certification through NABCEP, your time is running out!
NABCEP, or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, governs the certification process for solar energy professionals. The organization offers certification in the areas of solar photovoltaics (panels generating electricity) and solar thermal (heating). NABCEP is the leading organization for solar certification in the United States.
ISSP Certification is the newest professional credentialing program available for sustainability practitioners. Debuting in November 2016, the ISSP Certification program offers an opportunity for sustainability practitioners to get on the same level of knowledge and unite with a marketable seal that validates their competency.