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The Continued Growth of LEED Credentials

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Thu, 2017-08-17 10:09

If you work in the construction industry – from design to sourcing to building to maintenance – you’ve probably heard about LEED.

But if you are new to LEED and would like a better understanding of what it is, take a moment to browse our What is LEED? overview series.

How to Find a Job in Solar

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Tue, 2017-08-15 10:26

With the immense growth of solar energy occurring around the world, many jobseekers and career changers are trying to keep up with the pace and find the newest solar jobs near them. It can seem a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to solar and less familiar with the various types of solar jobs and solar energy systems.

The Link Between Healthy Homes and Affordable Housing

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Thu, 2017-08-10 13:13

It’s been almost a year since the BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification made its mark on the energy efficiency industry, and the designation is still yearning for the spotlight. Some BPI home energy auditors have struggled with the fact that there is less government funding and/or legislation incentivizing their pursuit of the HHE credential. And while that may be true about the certification specifically, the importance of healthy home knowledge has been realized for years.

South Miami a Hot Spot for Solar Installation

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Tue, 2017-08-08 11:15

In mid-July 2017, city commissioners in South Miami passed a law to require solar panels on new single-family residences, townhouses, and multi-story buildings. Despite some mixed feelings in the community, the vote came as a 4-to-1 majority opinion. As a result, South Miami became the first city in the United States (outside of select California cities) to pass such legislation.

Starting September 18, new homes in South Miami, Florida will be required to have solar panels.

The ordinance affects:

Unique Careers to Consider for the Eco-Enthusiastic Millennial

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Thu, 2017-08-03 12:54

While millennials may have a bad rap for their supposed sense of entitlement and obsession with success, the latest generation to take the workforce by storm also has a few redeeming qualities. With a strong emphasis on preserving the environment and creating a sustainable world, millennials are enthusiastic about their eco-friendly status.

How Much is Blower Door Equipment?

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Tue, 2017-08-01 14:38

If you’re an HVAC contractor thinking about adding blower door and duct leakage testing to your business services, you’re probably also wondering how much it will cost upfront to purchase the equipment. This post is for you.

If you’re completely new to the concept of residential energy efficiency and want to learn more about the various certifications and pathways available, take a moment to view our Home Energy Auditor Training series.

Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands

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Thu, 2017-07-27 15:19

The increasing adaptation of green technology features in the MLS is a new driver for real estate listings. As growing numbers of buyers seek more eco-friendly and "healthy" homes, builders and real estate professionals must change their focus to respond to trends and satisfy buyer expectations.

Part of it is spreading the word -- up front -- that a home is energy-efficient and has a variety of included features that make it sustainable and environmentally desirable.

Overview of Solar Jobs and Qualifications

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Tue, 2017-07-25 10:08

What Degrees and Training Are Most Valuable for a Career in Solar?

Solar energy is one of the most exciting up-and-coming industries. The demand for clean energy and the promise of a sustainable future means that job seekers with the requisite training can find security and success in this field. And we’ve only scratched the surface with the amount of solar installed all over the world; there is a great deal of potential for expansion that will lead to even more opportunities.

Energy Code Certification for HERS Raters

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Thu, 2017-07-13 12:08

One of the growing reasons why home inspectors and contractors are pursuing the RESNET HERS Rater Certification is to get certified in blower door and duct leakage testing. The 2015 IECC, or the current version of the International Energy Conservation Code, requires these skills. In other words, new construction homes in states that have adopted the 2015 IECC must have blower door and duct leakage testing performed in order to comply with the local building code.

How Solar Installers Can Leverage Google's Project Sunroof

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Tue, 2017-07-11 11:24

The Internet has been abuzz this month about Google’s Project Sunroof product, which is a free online tool that aims to make it easier for people to obtain and use home solar panels. The product itself has been available since 2015 and has been used to inform users how much sun hits their roof and how much solar panels would save them in energy-related expenses per month if they pursued the option.

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