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Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy

Tue, 2017-05-09 08:47

Last Updated: 2017-09-06 11:09

The Portland City Council unanimously voted to adopt the “home energy score policy” in 2016 with an expected effective date of January 1, 2018. This policy aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program and requires an on-site home energy audit from an approved Home Energy Score Assessor.

Discounts for NABCEP-Certified Professionals

Thu, 2017-05-04 08:44

There are a number of reasons why a solar professional would pursue NABCEP Certification, from increased credibility and marketing value to competitive advantage and eligibility for state and utility incentive programs. But there are also tangible benefits for professionals who have earned NABCEP Certification, and that’s what we’re going to look at today.

States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms

Tue, 2017-05-02 08:36

Those working in the residential and commercial building industries know that codes and standards are as good as gold. Building codes are put into place to provide guidance and standardization. When a state “adopts” a particular version of the building code, builders and contractors working in the state must adhere to the requirements listed therein.

Disaster Response Council to Focus on Sustainability

Thu, 2017-04-27 08:40

Stephen Bushnell has worked in U.S. property and casualty insurance for over 40 years. From 2012-2015, he served as the first and only insurance and risk management professional elected to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Board of Directors, where he helped shape the future of USGBC and its LEED green building program.

Energy Audits Required in Austin, TX

Thu, 2017-04-20 08:16

The Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance, listed in chapter 6-7 of the Austin, TX City Code, states that energy audits and disclosures are required for all homes and buildings that are served by the Austin Energy utility and located within Austin city limits.

Commercial energy audits may be performed by a local energy professional without a certification. Single-family and multi-family home energy audits must be performed by a qualified ECAD Energy Professional, such as a BPI Building Analyst or RESNET HERS Rater.

Changes to RESNET HERS Rater Training Process

Tue, 2017-04-18 08:21

We recently participated in a webinar hosted by Laurel Elam, the Quality Assurance Manager at RESNET. During the presentation, Laurel shared details of RESNET’s achievements in 2016 and spoke to expected changes to the HERS Rater Training process in 2017/2018.

To learn more about RESNET or how to become a HERS Rater, visit our New to RESNET? Start Here section now.

State Legislators Push for Clean Energy Action

Thu, 2017-04-13 08:47

Despite the recent news of President Trump un-doing climate change policies at the federal level, state legislatures across the country are making it clear where they stand on clean energy issues. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), almost 300 bills about renewable energy have been introduced this year at the state level.

Illinois Rebates for BPI Building Analysts

Thu, 2017-04-06 08:35

The Illinois Energy and Recycling Office at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has allocated rebate funds for energy efficiency training and testing.

Rebates up to $750 are available to home performance contractors who took a BPI training course and earned a BPI Certification any time between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

RESNET Simulation Exams Moving to WebGL

Tue, 2017-04-04 09:00

RESNET recently sent out a notification regarding the technology that powers two of its HERS Rater Certification exams – the CAZ Simulation and the Practical Simulation. Due to unexpected Internet browser updates, these two exams will have limited availability through May 15, 2017.

If you’re new to RESNET and looking to understand how to get certified, please visit our Getting Started With RESNET series.

Everblue Launches Solar Equipment Partnership Program

Wed, 2017-03-29 10:34

Trainer & Manufacturer Collaboration to Highlight Shifts in the Solar Installation Industry

Everblue Training, a nationwide provider of solar energy training courses, has begun partnering with leading equipment manufacturers who are providing widely used or cutting-edge solar products. This type of mutually beneficial relationship will enable Everblue to familiarize aspiring solar installation professionals with the brands and products used in the solar industry.

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