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Obama Pitches Home Star & Outlook for "Cap-and-Trade"

Wed, 2010-03-03 16:47

This posting is an email notification from The National SAVE Energy Coalition:





Location Efficient Mortgages - LEMs

Wed, 2010-03-03 11:46

I came across this idea yesterday while looking at the green legislation currently in congress. The Location Efficient Mortgage® (LEM) is a mortgage that helps people become homeowners in location-efficient communities. These are convenient neighborhoods in which residents can walk from their homes to stores, schools, recreation, and public transportation. People who live in location-efficient communities have less need to drive, which allows them to save money and improves the environment for everyone. 

Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Legislation in the 111th Congress (House)

Tue, 2010-03-02 15:54

Here are the top ten pieces of green building legislation in the house right now.  It is unknown how many of these will become law but it is very encouraging that Congress is thinking about green building. There are big and small programs listed below and all of them can make an impact on our future quality of life. Leave a comment for which act you find the most interesting.  Next, I'll post the top ten for the Senate.

PUBLIC LAW: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Electrical Contractor to Become Energy Contractor?

Sat, 2010-02-27 11:56

I recently read this article that absolutely blew me away. The article asserts that “electrical contractor” will not be a suitable job title for electricians, as they will have to adapt to the growing green market. A more suitable term will be “energy contractor.” I think this is a very astute prediction for the future. The green movement will be affecting many, so it will be important that we all prepare for it and embrace it.

Green Jobs and Decent Work

Fri, 2010-02-26 10:09
I came across this graphic in a report from a mayors' conference. It asks two questions: What is a green job? What is a decent job? This graphic definitely made me think. First off, I don't agree that a chemical engineer would be decent but not green - what about the chemical engineers working on biofuels, or better plastics, etc.? Secondly, I do agree with the green but not decent part. Here at Everblue, we get lots of folks calling in that want to become solar installers.

How to Use a Retrotec Blower Door

Wed, 2010-02-24 17:05

I came accross these interesting videos from Retrotec on the setup and usage of their blower door equipment. For most energy auditors, the most intimidating part of the equipment is getting started. For most people, they complete their training and then wait 6-8 weeks for their official certification while also waiting for their equipment to get delivered. In that time, the class concepts and the details of the control pad and system usage get a little fuzzy.

RESNET HERS Rater National Conference Notes

Wed, 2010-02-24 14:23

I attended the RESNET conference in Raleigh, NC this week. As I walked the 50 or so booths, I was impressed by the innovative products and services that have developed to support energy auditors and the energy efficiency industry. The big technological advances revolved around cameras and software, but there were a number of small manufacturers as well.

LEED Green Associate Now Available in Canada

Tue, 2010-02-16 18:13
On February 2nd, the Green Building Certification Institute expanded its LEED Green Associate certification program to include Canadian residents. All residents of Canada are eligible for the LEED Green Associate designation. Further, the Canadian Green Building Council still maintains it primary mission of expanding and implementing the LEED standards in Canada, while the GBCI will take over all aspects of the exam administration.
Here at Everblue we are glad to see the alignment of the Canadian professional standards with the rest of the world.

The world of Electric Cars: More Green Jobs?

Mon, 2010-02-15 12:02
Nissan and Chevy have all electric vehicles (the Volt and Leaf) slated to begin sales later this year.  Aside from many predictions of electric cars arriving decades ago, this seems like the real deal.  So what do you think a world with electric cars would look like?

The Good

#1 - No gas stations.  With electric cars, we'll have a gas (electric) station in every parking lot

Five Readily Available Green Jobs Training Programs

Sun, 2010-02-14 14:30
Ezra Drissma posted a great article on Yahoo about five readily available green training programs. Here at Everblue, we provide green training for four of the five listed categories, and she lists us as one of the most readily available training options for people. According to her listed prices, our training is very cost effective and also widely available around the country.  
Two things surprised me on the list, though. First, the top-end pricing for some of the training is $15,000 to $25,000.

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