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What's Next for Sustainable Building?

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Wed, 2019-05-22 12:36

I wonder what the next level of sustainability and green building will be now that LEED Certification has become more the norm.

In 2010, LEED Certification was a notable distinction for the best-of-the-best in building design, construction, and operations.

Now, it’s a fairly common strategy for buildings, resulting in lower energy use, lower water use, improved occupant health, and more.  Read more: What's Next for Sustainable Building? »

Overview of LEED Certification Levels

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Wed, 2019-05-08 10:57

Here’s your quick and dirty guide to the LEED certification levels.

First, you should know that LEED Certification is a label for buildings.

Additionally, LEED Accreditation is a label for people.

Which are you looking for?

(yes, there are levels to both pathways)

LEED Certification

LEED Accreditation

  Read more: Overview of LEED Certification Levels »

Solar Installation Job: What to Expect

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Wed, 2019-05-01 09:40

Are you considering a career in solar installation?

Here's a high-level overview of what takes place when a customer chooses to add solar to their home.

Note: We are not a solar installation company. Here at Everblue Training Institute, we offer solar installation training so you can learn the electrical theory and installation technique to apply for solar jobs in your local area.  Read more: Solar Installation Job: What to Expect »

Become a Home Energy Auditor in 8 Steps

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Wed, 2019-04-24 13:56

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to become a home energy auditor, here are 8 steps that will set you up for success.

Click the graphic to open a bigger version in a new window, and keep reading for more information and links to helpful resources.

become a home energy auditor in 8 steps infographic  Read more: Become a Home Energy Auditor in 8 Steps »

NABCEP Certification a Requirement in Illinois

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Wed, 2019-04-17 12:28

To become a solar installer in Illinois (with a focus on distributed generation), you must earn a solar certification.

The Illinois Distributed Generation Law identifies NABCEP Certification as an acceptable qualification in the state.

To become a "Distributed Generation Installer" in Illinois, you must:

Complete one of the experience and/or training qualifications  Read more: NABCEP Certification a Requirement in Illinois »

Getting Your LEED License

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Wed, 2019-04-03 10:53

If you work in the construction or real estate industries, you've probably heard about LEED. Green buildings earn a designation called LEED Certification. People can also earn a designation showing their understanding of LEED building practices. But it's NOT called a LEED License.

There is no such thing as a "LEED License."

Many people confuse the terms license and certification, so let's get that out of the way right now.  Read more: Getting Your LEED License »

Revised HEP EA/QCI Certifications Now Available

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Wed, 2019-03-27 10:37

If you work for a Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) or have researched the Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications in the past, you probably heard that the HEP Energy Auditor and HEP Quality Control Inspector certifications have changed.

Let’s set the record straight on what happened.

revised HEP EA/QCI Certifications image  Read more: Revised HEP EA/QCI Certifications Now Available »

RESNET Combines Written Exams

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Wed, 2019-03-20 09:43

Last week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced that it has consolidated the RESNET Core Written Exam and the RESNET Combustion Safety Written Exam into one combined exam. This reduces the number of exams that a HERS Rater candidate must take from four to three.

RESNET HERS Rater Certification exams  Read more: RESNET Combines Written Exams »

How Cities Are Becoming Resilient

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Wed, 2019-03-13 10:09

In our previous post about resilient buildings, we talked about how the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized the importance of resilience during the design, construction, and operations of our building stock. They’ve also expanded this vision to cities, with initiatives that include the LEED for Cities Pilot and RELi.  Read more: How Cities Are Becoming Resilient »

Plan for Building Resilience

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Wed, 2019-03-06 13:04

In our previous post, we introduced the concept of resilience as it applies to infrastructure and disaster relief. To continue this theme, let's look at what organizations are doing to encourage resilient building strategies.

commercial building resilience  Read more: Plan for Building Resilience »

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