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Blower Door Equipment Discount from Retrotec

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:18

We’re excited to announce that participants in our BPI training and RESNET HERS Rater training courses can now receive a 14% discount on blower door testing equipment from Retrotec!

Individuals who plan to start a home performance company will need blower door, duct blaster, and manometer equipment at a minimum to offer a home energy auditing service and/or to meet building code requirements.

Is ISSP Certification Right for You?

Thu, 2017-05-11 09:05

As a working sustainability practitioner, or someone new to the sustainability industry, you may be wondering if certification will add value to your career and/or help you stand out from jobseekers.

That answer is yes! Studies have shown that certification leads to salary increases.

Within the world of corporate sustainability, the certification to pursue is managed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (or ISSP). As the name implies, ISSP Certification is internationally recognized.

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.

Code Officials to Accept BPI Certification for Florida Blower Door Tests

Tue, 2017-04-25 11:02

Blower Door Code Compliance in Florida

When the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation Version 5 adopted mandatory air infiltration testing (ie, blower door testing) for new construction homes and residential units, enforcement authorities sought greater clarification on who qualified as an “approved entity” to do the testing.

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.