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Looking Forward to 2018 IECC Code

Thu, 2018-01-18 13:19

Within the home performance community, 2018 marks the exciting introduction of the newest residential energy code – the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Like a celebrity, the 2018 IECC is something to admire but may seem out of reach for many contractors.

BPI Certification Program Gets Renewed Support

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:12

2018 marks the 25th year of operation for the residential energy efficiency nonprofit Building Performance Institute (or BPI). The BPI organization aims to create awareness about the “house-as-a-system” mentality and works to educate contractors on home energy efficiency, comfort, durability, health, and safety.

Big Changes Ahead for NABCEP Certification

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:33

Solar Certification Program Prepares for 2018 Solar Growth

With interest and demand for solar energy growing at an unprecedented rate, the organizations managing the solar industry are rapidly adjusting their five-year plans to best reflect the market and account for future growth.

RESNET Practical Sim Exam No Longer Required for Existing HERS Raters

Thu, 2017-12-14 10:18

A little over 18 months after the RESNET Practical Simulation Exam launched as a requirement for all HERS Rater candidates, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) has announced that they will remove this requirement for existing Raters. That is, anyone who earned the RESNET HERS Rater Certification prior to July 2016.

The announcement came in mid-November 2017 after a unanimous vote from the RESNET Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Cities With the Most Potential for Solar Growth

Tue, 2017-12-12 11:12

According to the Energy Information Administration, solar energy is growing fast – as much as a 75% increase in utility-scale solar panel installations from 2007 on. When it comes to making big strides in the solar industry, utility-scale is where it’s at, which is consistently and steadily on the rise, simply by installing more panels per capita and making a greater impact.

How to Find a LEED Job

Thu, 2017-12-07 11:41

Those looking to get into the sustainability industry usually begin with researching qualifications, such as education, certifications, and licensure. Then they look for corresponding job titles.

What’s unique about LEED is that the phrase itself represents a skill set as opposed to an occupation.

In some cases, LEED will specifically be referenced in the job title, but more often than not, you’ll find LEED listed among eligibility requirements and knowledge areas.

NABCEP Solar PV Exam to Cover 2017 NEC Code

Thu, 2017-11-30 15:05

Last Updated: 2018-01-08 11:05

The solar certification exams developed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) assess a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. This testable information is available on NABCEP’s Job Task Analysis (JTA) document, which outlines a wide variety of responsibilities that solar system installation professionals have.

Who Should Become a Green Rater

Thu, 2017-11-16 11:29

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards are famously used on commercial building structures. However, the LEED green building standards can also be used on residential structures, such as single-family and multi-family homes – even whole neighborhoods!

Individuals wanting to advertise their LEED expertise and work on LEED building projects in a design, building, or operations capacity will participate in the traditional LEED credentialing process, which is as follows:

How to LEED Certify a Product

Tue, 2017-11-14 12:01

Are you a product manufacturer being asked by a client to show how your product is compliant with the LEED Certification requirements?

If so, you may be wondering how you can quickly get your product LEED-certified. However, this is not what is being asked of you.

The U.S. Green Building Council (who created the LEED green building standards) does not certify or endorse products.

Here's an example of false LEED product advertising:

Everblue Hires Matt Roseman as BPI and RESNET Program Manager

Tue, 2017-11-07 11:24

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Roseman, who will join the team at our NC headquarters and manage the BPI Certification and RESNET HERS Rater training programs.

Within this role, Matt will teach classes on how to become a certified home energy auditor under the BPI and RESNET technical standards. He will also manage the logistical operations and curriculum development for the respective programs.

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