Everblue blogs

HVACR Companies Pursue LEED to Stand Out

Tue, 2017-04-11 10:38

Contractors working in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and/or refrigeration (HVACR) may wonder how LEED certification can improve their career and grow their HVACR business. As a comprehensive green building program, LEED seeks to optimize all systems in a building to ensure maximum efficiency, energy savings, and occupant comfort. HVACR plays an important role in that process.

If you’re new to LEED and want to get a better understanding of how it works, please visit our What is LEED? overview series.

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.

What to Expect as a New LEED Professional

Thu, 2017-03-02 11:35

Pursuing a LEED professional credential can be a daunting and overwhelming endeavor for some individuals. Those who put in the time to study the LEED credits, baseline measurements, and case studies, however, will likely find themselves in a successful position.

If you're just getting started with LEED, visit our New to LEED? Start Here! series.

How to Install Solar Panels in Rhode Island

Tue, 2017-02-28 12:00

Last Updated: 2018-01-03 12:23

Licensing and certification requirements for solar installers vary by state. In some states, individuals are required to have an electrical contractor’s license. In other states, individuals can pursue a renewable energy designation without electrical experience.

If you want to begin learning about solar energy, visit our Introduction to Solar series.

Utility Programs that Require HERS Scores

Tue, 2017-02-14 11:36

The Residential Energy Services Network, or RESNET, recently published findings from a new study conducted by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency about how utilities are encouraging the growth of energy efficiency in new home construction.

For a better understanding of HERS Scores, visit our RESNET HERS Explained page.

Record Number of Homes HERS Rated in 2016

Tue, 2017-01-17 11:54

According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), there were 206,583 homes in the United States that were evaluated by a HERS Rater and issued a HERS Score in 2016.

This broke the record for the number of homes HERS rated in a year!

For a better understanding of HERS Scores, visit our RESNET HERS Explained page.

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6 Reasons Why ISSP Certification Will Last

Thu, 2017-01-12 13:35

ISSP Certification is a new professional development program for sustainability practitioners worldwide.

This program was developed by the International Society of Sustainability Practitioners (ISSP). After several years of research and analysis, ISSP’s professional sustainability certification launched in 2016.

Home Energy Auditor Rebates in Phoenix

Tue, 2017-01-10 10:53

SRP, one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, is offering a series of rebates for energy efficiency upgrades made to Arizona homes by BPI-certified professionals. Learn more below about rebates up to $400.