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4 Programs That Require NABCEP Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:46
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When it comes to the home improvement industry, the best way to evaluate a new career is to look at demand. If you’re even remotely following construction-related news, you’ve probably witnessed the explosive growth that the industry has seen with solar panel installations.

For example, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported the first quarter of 2015 saw 135,000 solar installations, with a new solar project installed every 2 minutes!  Read more: 4 Programs That Require NABCEP Certification »

Utah Solar Installer Requirements

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:50
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First, let’s understand what is meant by “solar installer requirements.” Solar installations are commonly regulated at the state, county, and utility levels. As with many professional occupations, such as architecture and engineering, solar installers may need to be licensed in the state in which they are providing their services.

If you want to begin learning about solar energy, visit our Introduction to Solar series.  Read more: Utah Solar Installer Requirements »

Everblue Staff Earn Advanced ISSP Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:34
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Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

When we last wrote about the pending ISSP Sustainability Certification program, we shared the names of the 134 folks who passed their ISSP Sustainability Associate beta exam to join the inaugural class of certified sustainability professionals.

There are two levels of ISSP Certification:  Read more: Everblue Staff Earn Advanced ISSP Certification »

2015 IECC Code: A Look at Builders' Options

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:46
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2015 IECC code book imageThe International Energy Conservation Code, which is updated every three years, serves as the national model energy code and becomes mandatory when adopted by a state or local jurisdiction. When a builder builds a home, he/she has to meet the current energy code for the jurisdiction in which the home is located.  Read more: 2015 IECC Code: A Look at Builders' Options »

Do LEED & PMP Certifications Increase Salary?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:49
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Professional certification can lead to salary increases of $5,000 to upward of $20,000 annually. Given that the total cost of pursuing a sustainability certification generally ranges between $500-$1,895, the annual potential earnings increase certainly outweighs the upfront cost.

Why Certification is Valuable  Read more: Do LEED & PMP Certifications Increase Salary? »

California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program

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Tue, 2016-01-26 10:54
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California legislators pride themselves on being extremely progressive on green building and energy efficiency. As a result, the state has some of the strictest building codes in the country. The energy efficiency programs that offer improvements everywhere else in country are often not good enough for California. One such example is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program.  Read more: California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program »

2016 NABCEP Exam Dates for Solar Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:47
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For the most up-to-date schedule of NABCEP certification exams, please visit http://www.nabcep.org/calendar.  Read more: 2016 NABCEP Exam Dates for Solar Certification »

First Cohort of ISSP Sustainability Associates Announced

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:21
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Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.  Read more: First Cohort of ISSP Sustainability Associates Announced »

Nevada Gambled Away Its Solar Energy Growth

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Tue, 2016-01-12 11:51
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As we revealed in our Top 10 States for Solar Energy post, the success of solar energy in a given territory is largely traced back to state and local policy. Several of the top states listed were not those with the most sunshine but rather those that had laid the policy groundwork to encourage solar energy adoption.  Read more: Nevada Gambled Away Its Solar Energy Growth »

Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

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Tue, 2017-02-07 10:10
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The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently announced that Congress extended the 45L federal tax credit for 2015 and 2016 as part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill. The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for building and selling high-performance homes, such as those evaluated by certified HERS Raters and those that earn an ENERGY STAR Certification. 

Incentive to Build Energy Efficient Homes  Read more: Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit »

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