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Coming Soon? Solar Inspector Certifications

Thu, 2017-05-25 13:27

NABCEP, or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, sent out an email blast in early May 2017 to announce two new certifications on the horizon: PV Systems Inspector (PVSI) and Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI).

These solar inspector certifications are primarily intended for individuals performing system inspections for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), utilities, incentive programs, investors, and others performing quality assurance of photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating systems and code compliance.

LEED Certification A Fit for All Building Types

Tue, 2017-05-23 14:14

Many individuals working in the construction industry are familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and have long considered it a value-add for commercial office buildings. But did you know that the LEED certification standards also apply to homes, communities, transit stations, and cities?

If you’re new to LEED, please visit our Getting Started With LEED series.

ISSP to Redefine Sustainability Professional

Thu, 2017-05-18 10:03

You know a professional skillset has evolved into a growing and thriving career when the Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, conducts a survey among U.S.-based professionals and standardizes the responses into a formal occupation definition.

This is what is happening right now with the sustainability industry.

Blower Door Equipment Discount from Retrotec

Tue, 2017-05-16 11:18

We’re excited to announce that participants in our BPI training and RESNET HERS Rater training courses can now receive a 14% discount on blower door testing equipment from Retrotec!

Individuals who plan to start a home performance company will need blower door, duct blaster, and manometer equipment at a minimum to offer a home energy auditing service and/or to meet building code requirements.

Is ISSP Certification Right for You?

Thu, 2017-05-11 10:05

As a working sustainability practitioner, or someone new to the sustainability industry, you may be wondering if certification will add value to your career and/or help you stand out from jobseekers.

That answer is yes! Studies have shown that certification leads to salary increases.

Within the world of corporate sustainability, the certification to pursue is managed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (or ISSP). As the name implies, ISSP Certification is internationally recognized.

Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy

Tue, 2017-05-09 09:47

The Portland City Council unanimously voted to adopt the “home energy score policy” in 2016 with an expected effective date of January 1, 2018. This policy aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program and requires an on-site home energy audit from an approved Home Energy Score Assessor.

If you’re new to the concept of home energy auditing and want a better understanding of what goes into a home energy audit, please visit our Energy Auditor Training page.

Discounts for NABCEP-Certified Professionals

Thu, 2017-05-04 09:44

There are a number of reasons why a solar professional would pursue NABCEP Certification, from increased credibility and marketing value to competitive advantage and eligibility for state and utility incentive programs. But there are also tangible benefits for professionals who have earned NABCEP Certification, and that’s what we’re going to look at today.

States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms

Tue, 2017-05-02 09:36

Those working in the residential and commercial building industries know that codes and standards are as good as gold. Building codes are put into place to provide guidance and standardization. When a state “adopts” a particular version of the building code, builders and contractors working in the state must adhere to the requirements listed therein.

Disaster Response Council to Focus on Sustainability

Thu, 2017-04-27 09:40

Stephen Bushnell has worked in U.S. property and casualty insurance for over 40 years. From 2012-2015, he served as the first and only insurance and risk management professional elected to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Board of Directors, where he helped shape the future of USGBC and its LEED green building program.

Code Officials to Accept BPI Certification for Florida Blower Door Tests

Tue, 2017-04-25 12:02

Blower Door Code Compliance in Florida

When the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation Version 5 adopted mandatory air infiltration testing (ie, blower door testing) for new construction homes and residential units, enforcement authorities sought greater clarification on who qualified as an “approved entity” to do the testing.

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