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Energy Code Certification for HERS Raters

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:33
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One of the growing reasons why home inspectors and contractors are pursuing the RESNET HERS Rater Certification is to get certified in blower door and duct leakage testing. The 2015 IECC, or the current version of the International Energy Conservation Code, requires these skills. In other words, new construction homes in states that have adopted the 2015 IECC must have blower door and duct leakage testing performed in order to comply with the local building code.  Read more: Energy Code Certification for HERS Raters »

How Solar Installers Can Leverage Google's Project Sunroof

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:54
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The Internet has been abuzz this month about Google’s Project Sunroof product, which is a free online tool that aims to make it easier for people to obtain and use home solar panels. The product itself has been available since 2015 and has been used to inform users how much sun hits their roof and how much solar panels would save them in energy-related expenses per month if they pursued the option.  Read more: How Solar Installers Can Leverage Google's Project Sunroof »

Earn 12 RESNET CEUs at NCBPA Conference

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:54
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The North Carolina Building Performance Association, or NCBPA, is a not-for-profit trade association that provides education and services to building performance contractors throughout the state of NC. The organization is hosting its annual High Performance Buildings Conference in Charlotte on July 12-13, and certified HERS Raters can acquire 12 RESNET CEUs simply by attending both days of the conference!  Read more: Earn 12 RESNET CEUs at NCBPA Conference »

Greenbuild Conference Expands to China, India

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:34
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Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Since 2002, the event has been held annually in the United States. As LEED certification has expanded internationally, so too has the Greenbuild conference – with the launch of Greenbuilding Brazil in 2009 and Greenbuild EuroMed in 2015 (for European and Mediterranean countries).  Read more: Greenbuild Conference Expands to China, India »

Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback

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Fri, 2018-06-15 16:45
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In early 2016, we talked about a solar tarrif decision in the state of Nevada that increased service charges for net-metered solar customers and lowered compensation for net excess solar generation from a retail rate to a wholesale rate. In other words, the local utilities were doing what they could to block net metering, which would then limit homeowners with solar panels from selling excess electricity to their utility at a reasonable rate.  Read more: Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback »

ISSP Certification Exam Now Offered Year-Round

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:35
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It has been eight months since the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) launched its professional sustainability certification program, and during this time, ISSP has been collecting feedback from various stakeholders on the ways in which the organization can improve its testing processes.  Read more: ISSP Certification Exam Now Offered Year-Round »

Is LEED Certification Available in All Countries?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:53
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Yes, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards (LEED) are not only available in every country, they were designed to fit every building anywhere at any phase in the construction cycle.

This flexibility is part of the reason why LEED Certification has grown to be the most widely used green building rating system in the world, with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day.  Read more: Is LEED Certification Available in All Countries? »

Home Builders Must be Solar Ready

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:36
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There is a growing trend in new construction called “solar ready.” This phrase refers to viewing a home as an entire package and considering all of the building strategies, including rooftop solar, that would satisfy homeowner demand and result in a more durable, energy-efficient, and healthy home.  Read more: Home Builders Must be Solar Ready »

Over 200 MA Municipalities Adopt Stretch Code

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:36
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Massachusetts has long been a leader for energy efficiency. Since 2008, Massachusetts has pledged to upgrade its building code every three years to align with the most recent version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In other words, MA builders and contractors will be routinely required to implement new strategies and technologies that lead to better, safer, and more energy-efficient homes.  Read more: Over 200 MA Municipalities Adopt Stretch Code »

NABCEP Solar Certifications for Inspectors

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:34
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In our previous post, we shared in the announcement that the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) was to be releasing two new solar certifications – the question was, when?

Just five days after our announcement, NABCEP distributed an email that officially marked the launch of the two new solar inspector certifications, one for photovoltaic systems and the other for solar heating systems.  Read more: NABCEP Solar Certifications for Inspectors »