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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 »

2016 NABCEP Exam Dates for Solar Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:47
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For the most up-to-date schedule of NABCEP certification exams, please visit http://www.nabcep.org/calendar.  Read more: 2016 NABCEP Exam Dates for Solar Certification »

First Cohort of ISSP Sustainability Associates Announced

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:21
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Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.  Read more: First Cohort of ISSP Sustainability Associates Announced »

Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

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Thu, 2018-11-15 13:56
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The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently announced that Congress extended the 45L federal tax credit for 2015 and 2016 as part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill. The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for building and selling high-performance homes, such as those evaluated by certified HERS Raters and those that earn an ENERGY STAR Certification. 

Incentive to Build Energy Efficient Homes  Read more: Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit »

4 Trends in LEED Training

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Thu, 2018-11-15 13:43
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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and represents a labeling system that honors and differentiates energy-efficient buildings. Although the LEED green building certification system has been in existence since March 2000, knowledge and training for architects and engineers didn’t really hit the market until the late 2000s.  Read more: 4 Trends in LEED Training »

How to Schedule the NABCEP Certification Exam

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Thu, 2018-11-15 12:43
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Professionals who are looking to earn a solar certification will likely pursue a designation from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). NABCEP offers several types of solar exams. Those include:  Read more: How to Schedule the NABCEP Certification Exam »

The Three Types of ENERGY STAR Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:47
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently distributed its findings from a highly anticipated Market Survey Report, which asked respondents to provide feedback on their educational interests. While the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was recorded as the most poplar green building rating system utilized by respondents, many indicated an interest in learning about other rating systems and standards as well. The next desired rating system after LEED was ENERGY STAR.  Read more: The Three Types of ENERGY STAR Certification »

ISSP Sustainability Certification Beta Exam - Round 2

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:11
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Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.  Read more: ISSP Sustainability Certification Beta Exam - Round 2 »

Certified HERS Raters Needed in NC

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:48
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The North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) worked with the Energy and Environmental Assistance Office of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) to collect and analyze data on the impact of energy-efficient, high-performance home and building projects across NC.

Ryan Miller, the NCBPA founder and executive director, indicated that he wanted to collect this data to back up NC’s reputation as a top five state for energy efficiency and home performance. He cited previous state accomplishments such as:  Read more: Certified HERS Raters Needed in NC »

Difference Between LEED Green Associate & Accredited Professional Credentials

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:49
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When you first begin your research on LEED Certification, you become bombarded with a set of new terminology and acronyms that you may not have come across before. LEED Certification, LEED Accreditation, LEED CMP, LEED Green Associate, LEED AP, LEED AP BD+C, USGBC, GBCI – the list goes on a bit further, but I’ll spare you. It’s not hard to become overwhelmed almost immediately.

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