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Preparing for the New BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification

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Thu, 2017-03-30 14:54
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Earlier this week, Everblue staff members were invited to join a private webinar hosted by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to learn about the new BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification. With a pilot testing phase set to launch on April 4, BPI’s Matt Anderson took some time to explain the history of the new BPI HHE designation and logistical details for debuting this certification.

For more information about BPI Certification in general, visit our BPI Energy Auditor overview series.  Read more: Preparing for the New BPI Healthy Home Evaluator Certification »

How Much is the LEED GA Exam?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:51
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If you're planning on earning a LEED credential and demonstrating your knowledge of sustainability concepts, your first step is to pass the LEED Green Associate exam.

If you're just getting started with LEED and want a better understanding of the LEED credential process, visit our New to LEED? Start Here! series.

Registering for the LEED Exam  Read more: How Much is the LEED GA Exam? »

New NYC Laws Require LEED Gold

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:49
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Last week, the New York City Council passed two laws – 701-A and 721-A – that amend the city’s current legislation about LEED Certification. These laws now require most new city buildings and major retrofits to achieve LEED Gold. This is an enhancement from previous legislation that required a minimum LEED Certified rating level for health and educational occupancies and a minimum LEED Silver rating level for buildings or spaces of all other covered occupancies.  Read more: New NYC Laws Require LEED Gold »

4 Programs That Require NABCEP Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:46
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When it comes to the home improvement industry, the best way to evaluate a new career is to look at demand. If you’re even remotely following construction-related news, you’ve probably witnessed the explosive growth that the industry has seen with solar panel installations.

For example, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported the first quarter of 2015 saw 135,000 solar installations, with a new solar project installed every 2 minutes!  Read more: 4 Programs That Require NABCEP Certification »

Utah Solar Installer Requirements

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:50
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First, let’s understand what is meant by “solar installer requirements.” Solar installations are commonly regulated at the state, county, and utility levels. As with many professional occupations, such as architecture and engineering, solar installers may need to be licensed in the state in which they are providing their services.

If you want to begin learning about solar energy, visit our Introduction to Solar series.  Read more: Utah Solar Installer Requirements »

Everblue Staff Earn Advanced ISSP Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:34
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Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

When we last wrote about the pending ISSP Sustainability Certification program, we shared the names of the 134 folks who passed their ISSP Sustainability Associate beta exam to join the inaugural class of certified sustainability professionals.

There are two levels of ISSP Certification:  Read more: Everblue Staff Earn Advanced ISSP Certification »

2015 IECC Code: A Look at Builders' Options

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Fri, 2018-05-11 09:11
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2015 IECC code book imageThe International Energy Conservation Code, which is updated every three years, serves as the national model energy code and becomes mandatory when adopted by a state or local jurisdiction. When a builder builds a home, he/she has to meet the current energy code for the jurisdiction in which the home is located.  Read more: 2015 IECC Code: A Look at Builders' Options »

Do LEED & PMP Certifications Increase Salary?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:49
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Professional certification can lead to salary increases of $5,000 to upward of $20,000 annually. Given that the total cost of pursuing a sustainability certification generally ranges between $500-$1,895, the annual potential earnings increase certainly outweighs the upfront cost.

Why Certification is Valuable  Read more: Do LEED & PMP Certifications Increase Salary? »

California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program

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Tue, 2016-01-26 10:54
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California legislators pride themselves on being extremely progressive on green building and energy efficiency. As a result, the state has some of the strictest building codes in the country. The energy efficiency programs that offer improvements everywhere else in country are often not good enough for California. One such example is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program.  Read more: California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program »

Michigan Energy Auditor Certifications

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:47
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How to Meet MI Energy Code - Become a RESNET HERS Rater

Starting February 8, 2016, the Michigan Energy Code will adopt the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan." The state will be skipping the 2012 IECC, thereby increasing the energy efficiency requirements of its homes by 10-12%.

Michigan building code  Read more: Michigan Energy Auditor Certifications »

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