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How Much is Blower Door Equipment?

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:32
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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.  Read more: How Much is Blower Door Equipment? »

Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:32
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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.  Read more: Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands »

Overview of Solar Jobs and Qualifications

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:33
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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.  Read more: Overview of Solar Jobs and Qualifications »

Energy Code Certification for HERS Raters

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:33
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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.  Read more: Energy Code Certification for HERS Raters »

How Solar Installers Can Leverage Google's Project Sunroof

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:54
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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.  Read more: How Solar Installers Can Leverage Google's Project Sunroof »

Earn 12 RESNET CEUs at NCBPA Conference

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:54
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The North Carolina Building Performance Association, or NCBPA, is a not-for-profit trade association that provides education and services to building performance contractors throughout the state of NC. The organization is hosting its annual High Performance Buildings Conference in Charlotte on July 12-13, and certified HERS Raters can acquire 12 RESNET CEUs simply by attending both days of the conference!  Read more: Earn 12 RESNET CEUs at NCBPA Conference »

Greenbuild Conference Expands to China, India

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:34
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Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Since 2002, the event has been held annually in the United States. As LEED certification has expanded internationally, so too has the Greenbuild conference – with the launch of Greenbuilding Brazil in 2009 and Greenbuild EuroMed in 2015 (for European and Mediterranean countries).  Read more: Greenbuild Conference Expands to China, India »

Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback

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Fri, 2018-04-20 14:11
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In early 2016, we talked about a solar tariff decision in the state of Nevada that increased service charges for net-metered solar customers and lowered compensation for net excess solar generation from a retail rate to a wholesale rate. In other words, the local utilities were doing what they could to block net metering, which would then limit homeowners with solar panels from selling excess electricity to their utility at a reasonable rate.  Read more: Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback »

ISSP Certification Exam Now Offered Year-Round

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:35
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It has been eight months since the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) launched its professional sustainability certification program, and during this time, ISSP has been collecting feedback from various stakeholders on the ways in which the organization can improve its testing processes.  Read more: ISSP Certification Exam Now Offered Year-Round »

Is LEED Certification Available in All Countries?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:53
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Yes, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED) are not only available in every country, they were designed to fit every building anywhere at any phase in the construction cycle.

This flexibility is part of the reason why LEED Certification has grown to be the most widely used green building rating system in the world, with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day.  Read more: Is LEED Certification Available in All Countries? »

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