When the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation Version 5 adopted mandatory air infiltration testing (ie, blower door testing) for new construction homes and residential units, enforcement authorities sought greater clarification on who qualified as an “approved entity” to do the testing.
The Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance, listed in chapter 6-7 of the Austin, TX City Code, states that energy audits and disclosures are required for all homes and buildings that are served by the Austin Energy utility and located within Austin city limits.
Commercial energy audits may be performed by a local energy professional without a certification. Single-family and multi-family home energy audits must be performed by a qualified ECAD Energy Professional, such as a BPI Building Analyst or RESNET HERS Rater.
We recently participated in a webinar hosted by Laurel Elam, the Quality Assurance Manager at RESNET. During the presentation, Laurel shared details of RESNET’s achievements in 2016 and spoke to expected changes to the HERS Rater Training process in 2017/2018.
To learn more about RESNET or how to become a HERS Rater, visit our New to RESNET? Start Here section now.
Despite the recent news of President Trump un-doing climate change policies at the federal level, state legislatures across the country are making it clear where they stand on clean energy issues. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), almost 300 bills about renewable energy have been introduced this year at the state level.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.