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BPI Congratulates Six Allies and Affiliates

Mon, 2010-04-12 10:09

Advanced Energy, Community Housing Partners, EnergyLogic, Energy Trust of Oregon and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority among this year's honorees
Malta, NY, April 7, 2010 -The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work, congratulates five allied organizations on their receipt of a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Green Job Openings: Everblue is Hiring

Wed, 2010-04-07 14:43

We just posted a series of job openings and we're looking for qualified candidates. For a complete listing of our job openings, please visit our Everblue Green Careers page.

In Huntersville, North Carolina (just north of Charlotte), we have openings for customer service representatives and marketing interns.  Both positions require strong communication skills and a tenacity to understand and help customers.

Free BPI Certification Exam Questions

Tue, 2010-04-06 15:25

Last Updated: 2016-10-25 03:32

Wondering what the BPI Exam is like? We've posted 10 free BPI practice exam questions for your use. Now you can test yourself to see what the 2-hour, 100-question BPI exam is all about.

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Electrical Contractor to Become Energy Contractor?

Sat, 2010-02-27 10:56

I recently read this article that absolutely blew me away. The article asserts that “electrical contractor” will not be a suitable job title for electricians, as they will have to adapt to the growing green market. A more suitable term will be “energy contractor.” I think this is a very astute prediction for the future. The green movement will be affecting many, so it will be important that we all prepare for it and embrace it.

LEED Green Associate Now Available in Canada

Tue, 2010-02-16 17:13
On February 2nd, the Green Building Certification Institute expanded its LEED Green Associate certification program to include Canadian residents. All residents of Canada are eligible for the LEED Green Associate designation. Further, the Canadian Green Building Council still maintains it primary mission of expanding and implementing the LEED standards in Canada, while the GBCI will take over all aspects of the exam administration.
Here at Everblue we are glad to see the alignment of the Canadian professional standards with the rest of the world.

Five Readily Available Green Jobs Training Programs

Sun, 2010-02-14 13:30
Ezra Drissma posted a great article on Yahoo about five readily available green training programs. Here at Everblue, we provide green training for four of the five listed categories, and she lists us as one of the most readily available training options for people. According to her listed prices, our training is very cost effective and also widely available around the country.  
Two things surprised me on the list, though. First, the top-end pricing for some of the training is $15,000 to $25,000.

Seeking Partners for Everblue's Energy Auditor Internship Program

Fri, 2010-02-05 15:19

Everblue is developing a program to provide job internships to unemployed youth graduates (Ages 16-19) of our BPI Building Analyst/Energy Auditor course. Currently, we are seeking interested companies within 30 miles of the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts who are interested in providing internships for these program graduates. This internship opportunity will be available at no cost to employers committing to the program.

Efficiency First Call for Action

Wed, 2010-02-03 11:55

Here is an interesting update from Washington on the state of green energy and energy efficiency programs coming out of Washington. Thank you Patrick Roche, from the National SAVE Energy Coalition, for the following summary: 1. President’s Budget Demonstrates Cap-and-Trade Commitment – The President’s $3.8 trillion proposed budget for 2010, released yesterday, urges Congress to pass a “comprehensive market-based climate change policy,” essentially a cap-and-trade program.

How is a BPI Building Analyst Different From a RESNET HERS Rater?

Wed, 2010-01-27 10:52

PLEASE NOTE: This post has been updated as of February 2015. For the most current information, visit the new post - Difference Between BPI and RESNET

Top 5 Challenges Facing the LEED Green Building Rating System

Mon, 2010-01-25 10:57
1 - Cost.  We're in a recession, and two of LEED's biggest proponents (Colleges and Government) are hurting for money. LEED needs to streamline its cost structure to retain the loyalty of budget-conscious universities, municipalities and states. I don't mention the federal government because they already only build LEED certifiable buildings and don't bother paying for the plaque.


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