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10 Tips for Choosing a LEED Trainer

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:29

In 1998, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to provide a benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings. From 1998 to 2008, LEED gained acceptance and respect among the building and construction industry, resulting in more and more professionals seeking LEED Accreditation.

ISSP's Sustainability Certification Effort

Thu, 2015-01-08 10:27

Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

At its November 2014 annual meeting, the board of directors for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) unanimously voted to move forward in creating a Sustainability Professional Certification Program in order to:

RESNET CAZ 2015 Deadlines

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:25

In a November 2013 post, we mentioned that the RESNET Combustion Safety Deadline was fast approaching. At that point in time, RESNET had already announced that all existing HERS Raters needed to complete the new combustion safety training and testing by 2015 in order to maintain their certification. Here we are in the new year, and some may be wondering - Where do I stand? Am I still active? What do I need to do?

The 2015 New American Home

Thu, 2014-12-04 10:54

In September 2013, we posted a blog called Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Green City? questioning how energy efficient a place nicknamed “Sin City” could actually be. That post focused primarily on the growth of LEED-certified buildings in the city. Here we are now, and I see that the 2015 New American Home will debut at the International Builders Show in – where else – Las Vegas…actually, Henderson, which is about 20 minutes southeast of Las Vegas.

Instructor Spotlight: Sasha Sampaio

Tue, 2014-12-02 12:19

Welcome to our new series called Instructor Spotlight! As you can guess from the name, this series will be dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of one of our experienced educators in the field.

Poor HVAC Installation Leads to Increased Energy Use

Tue, 2014-11-25 13:53

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted air flow.

Sustainability Certification is on the Horizon

Thu, 2014-11-20 10:50

Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

Last week, Everblue President Vince DiFrancesco attended the national conference for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) in Denver, CO. The biggest news to surface at the conference was the announcement of an official certification for sustainability professionals.

RESNET Combustion Safety Deadline is Near

Tue, 2014-11-18 10:29

An important deadline is looming for existing HERS Raters. By January 1, 2015, all existing Raters must have passed both the combustion safety written and simulation exams to maintain their certification. If existing Raters do not successfully complete these tasks, they will lose their certification and will not be able to perform home energy ratings as part of their business. This also applies to existing RESNET Rating Field Inspectors.

Veterans Take LEED Exam at No Cost

Tue, 2014-11-11 10:18

We receive a lot of inquiries from veterans and active duty military about whether their G.I. Bill will cover any of their LEED expenses. The good news is that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reimburse the cost of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams for U.S. military veterans, eligible dependents, and reservists. Candidates can seek up to $2,000 in reimbursement.

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