Everblue Attends KEEA Conference

Fri, 2012-09-28 14:09

Energy efficiency was alive and well in the keystone state, as Everblue attended the 2012 Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEAA) conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. KEEA is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in Pennsylvania. Contractors, public officials, legislative staff, energy raters, and home inspectors were among those who gathered at the event to learn more about the state’s efforts toward reduced energy consumption.

The two-day conference kicked off with an address from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who welcomed attendees to the capitol and discussed the state’s commitment to energy conservation and cost savings as part of the plan for a sustainable, prosperous future. The governor also touched on progress made in recent years, including the Public Utility Commission’s continued work on Act 129, which has exceeded expectations with successful programs to reduce energy usage.

A variety of sessions were scheduled to update attendees on developments in energy efficiency, regulatory changes, and financing. A few favorites of the Everblue team were sessions that focused on the improvement of energy efficiency in residential buildings, along with the topics of behavioral change and home energy scores.

Larry Zarker, CEO of the Building Performance Institute (BPI), lead an informative discussion about training requirements within the home performance industry. The topic is timely, as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced four new Home Energy Professional Certifications that are under development for the weatherization and home performance workforce. The new certifications focus on jobs common to energy upgrades and will impact the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The enhanced certifications include: energy auditor, retrofit installer, crew leader, and quality control inspector. Through a collaborative effort with trainers and technicians in the home performance industry, the DOE established plans to phase in the new certifications as a requirement to perform state-approved weatherization work in conjunction with WAP. The certifications will be phased in over three years, beginning with the quality control inspector.

Another topic of discussion throughout the conference was Pennsylvania’s plan to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in 2013. Contractors, builders, and code officials throughout the state are preparing to handle the updated codes. Everblue is currently developing a 2012 IECC training program, designed for professionals with the responsibility of adhering to, enforcing, and implementing the energy codes.

Day two of the conference wrapped up with visits to key members of the state legislature as part of Energy Action Day. The day provided an excellent opportunity for those in the energy efficiency industry to show a strong commitment to the state’s sustainable future and to reinforce the need for legislative support.

By Amy Malloy

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