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Everblue & RATERusa Offer RESNET QA in FL

Tue, 2014-09-16 10:04

On June 13, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House bill 7147 into law. HB 7147 reforms the state's law governing home energy ratings. The previous law cited organizations like the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Building Performance Institute (BPI), Commercial Energy Services Network (COMNET), and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as the preferred rating systems in Florida. This new law no longer mentions these organizations but instead defines what an energy rating system is.

What This Means for You

The Power of Infrared Thermography

Thu, 2014-09-11 12:23

Last Updated: 2017-08-08 02:08

Infrared thermography is one of the best tools available for identifying energy losses in both building and process applications. Since the first portable infrared system was constructed in Sweden back in the early 1970s, it was determined that infrared could detect a sum of conditions that contribute to the waste of energy in heating and cooling in both residential and commercial building envelopes.

What is Infrared Thermography?

14 Ways to Flaunt Your LEED Credential

Tue, 2014-09-09 08:55

Are you looking to better understand how LEED will impact your career?

If so, visit our Benefits of LEED Certification page, and you’ll soon see why LEED is becoming an industry standard!

If you've passed your LEED exam, congratulations! You’ve gone through quite the effort to get here, so now – enjoy it! Here are several ways that you can share your excitement and let your friends and colleagues know that you are a true sustainability professional.

Sustainability: Making Healthy and Sensible Choices

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:38

Last night, we were honored to host the September monthly mixer for Sustain Charlotte at our green training facility in Charlotte, NC. Everblue has been a member of the Sustain Charlotte organization for some time, but this was the first time that we hosted the monthly networking event at our facility. We had a great turn-out and could not have asked for a better night.

Steps to Earning a Solar Certification

Tue, 2014-09-02 11:03

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 09:40

How BPI Quality Control Inspector Is Different

Thu, 2014-08-28 09:35

In a previous post, I reviewed the eligibility requirements for someone wondering how to become a Quality Control Inspector. One of these activities is to complete a training course specifically designed to prepare someone for the BPI Quality Control Inspector exams. You’ve probably noticed that I added BPI before the name of the exam. This is because the Building Performance Institute (BPI) has, so far, been the only organization named to provide this designation.

How to Earn a Quality Control Inspector Certification

Tue, 2014-08-26 08:30

One of the newest home energy certifications to surface is the Quality Control Inspector. This designation was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy with the intention of developing a highly skilled workforce in the residential energy upgrade industry. What’s exciting about this credential is that it presents an opportunity for renovation and growth in a way that’s never been seen before.

How to Start a Home Performance Company

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:36

Many of our students enroll in energy efficiency training with the intent of starting a home performance company. We’re really excited and honored to be a part of this process, and we know that training is not where it ends. In fact, training is really only the beginning! There are several steps that you need to take, or consider, if you’re going to start your own business as a home energy auditor.

Is QCI Replacing Any of the BPI Certifications?

Tue, 2014-08-19 08:05

You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been working with BPI to create new certifications. These certifications are called Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Retrofit Installer Technician, and Crew Leader. These certifications will not replace the existing BPI certifications that we’ve all come to know and love.

The Rise of HERS Scores in Homebuilding

Thu, 2014-08-14 08:59

RESNET, or the Residential Energy Services Network, was founded in 1995. The concept grew out of a commitment to developing national standards for home energy auditing and home energy ratings.

Around the same time, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) was created. BPI also had a focus on home energy auditing. Until recently, BPI was not focused on home energy ratings. It is this piece that has helped RESNET climb to popularity.

What is a Home Energy Rating?

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