Sustainability Roundup

Last Updated:
Tue, 2014-10-28 10:23

The sustainability industry is a fast-growing and ever-changing one. It can be difficult to keep up with all the news. In this sustainability roundup, we'll provide a basic overview of interesting events that have recently happened. Of course this is not a full list of all recent news stories but instead a brief recap of milestones and events that we've found particularly interesting. If you'd like to discuss other recent news, send us a note on Facebook. We look forward to hearing about which news stories are important to you! Without further adieu, here's our list...

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  • Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law tighter restrictions to prohibit Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in Michigan. Tesla Motors is an electric car maker based in Palo Alto, California. The law prevents automakers from selling directly to consumers. Since Tesla doesn’t have franchised dealerships, it won't be able to compete in market.
  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz cut the inaugural ribbon last Thursday on a new facility in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The facility was built to house innovative partnerships between energy research labs. There is office space for about 130 researchers and 33 labs.

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  • The Building Performance Institute (BPI) officially launched the BPI Infiltration & Duct Leakage Certifications exams yesterday, Oct. 27. Everblue participated in the trial period for two months and saw large success. We believe that this is one of the most valuable certifications a residential contractor can achieve. The BPI IDL course teaches you the fundamental technical knowledge you need to work in the home performance industry.
  • Candidates preparing for BPI Certification may now use Macintosh computers and tablets when taking their “written” exams. Smartphones may also be used, though we do not recommend this option.
  • Unfortunately, Macs are not acceptable for candidates preparing for their RESNET HERS Rater exam. The exam, as well the REM/Rate energy modeling software used by Raters, is not compatible with iOS software.

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  • The 2014 Greenbuild Conference & Expo was held last week in New Orleans, Louisiana. Senior LEED instructors, Greg Hamra and Steve Alfaro, debuted Everblue’s new LEED v4 curriculum for Green Associate and AP BD+C. Greg and Steve hosted exam prep workshops on Tues, Oct. 21. All participants received complimentary access to the interactive on-demand webinar series.
  • Brad Pitt recorded a message to Greenbuild attendees, informing them of all the LEED Platinum-certified homes that his organization, Make It Right, has built in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

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  • PV Magazine published findings by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) that show that renewable energy accounts for 40.61% of all new energy generation so far this year. Ferc’s calculations, which only include utility-scale solar and omit distributed generation, also reveal that renewable additions to the U.S.’s power mix are 35 times that of new coal, oil, and nuclear power.
  • The city council in Nedlands, Perth, Australia has voted to make it mandatory for home builders and renovators to install a minimum of 1.5 kW of rooftop solar or other renewable on-site energy generation.

So...which news stories are most affecting you? You can also tweet us @everblue_edu. Enjoy the rest of your week!

By Lesley Cowie