Construction Management – is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to end with the intent to meet a client’s requirement and produce a functionally and financially viable project. Construction managers often meet with owners, engineers, architects, and any others working on the same project. They also hire and oversee specialty trade contractors, such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians.
It was decided at the 2018 IECC code hearings in Louisville, KY that the Energy Rating Index option will be maintained for the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code.
Real Estate Law or Property Law – the area of law that governs ownership and usage of residential or commercial land. Land, in its general usage, includes not only the face of the earth but everything of a permanent nature over or under it. This includes structures and buildings.
Now more than ever, going solar is smart. It’s no longer just a smart choice for eco-conscious homeowners; it’s also a smart choice for financially savvy folks who have caught onto the trend and recognize that it’s a viable source of alternative energy.
Environmental engineering – is a branch of engineering concerned with protecting people from adverse environmental effects, such as pollution, while also improving environmental quality. Environmental engineers work to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution. These professionals are dedicated to protecting human health and improving environmental conditions.
With the price of solar panels at an all-time low and dozens of utility programs introducing solar financing options for communities, it has become more affordable than ever for homeowners to install solar panels on their roofs. This increase in demand has led to an explosion of solar PV installation jobs across the country.
Wondering how you can get started with a career in solar? Let's take a look at two common requirements for solar installers:
Building Commissioning – the process of verifying that a building’s energy-related systems and equipment are installed and functioning as intended. Those energy-related systems include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire safety, and sometimes building security systems and renewable energy systems. Commissioning offers quality assurance during all phrases of new construction.
Buildings that are properly commissioned typically have fewer change orders, tend to be more energy efficient, and have lower operation and maintenance cost.
Two weeks ago, we posted about the new BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification as it was explained to us on the BPI Test Center conference call. At that point in time, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) had planned to launch the pilot for the Healthy Home Evaluator exam on April 4 to coincide with the 2016 ACI National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show.
Landscape architecture – the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of the natural elements of a site, such as the climate, soil, drainage, vegetation, and slope of the land. Landscape architects also assess existing buildings, roads, walkways, and utilities to determine what improvements are necessary. At all stages, they evaluate the project’s impact on the local ecosystem.
A blog by Joan Glickman of the Department of Energy indicated that there is a 1 in 3 chance that a newly built home in the United States comes with an energy label comparing it to energy code. The label being referenced is the RESNET HERS Score.
It has been difficult to find a similar rating for existing homes, but a new policy that went into effect on January 25, 2016 extends the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA’s) Energy Efficient Homes (EEH) policy – historically limited to new homes – to existing homes.