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Want to Become a LEED AP?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:56
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Many moons ago, when LEED credentials were first established for green building professionals, there was a designation called LEED AP. It stood for LEED Accredited Professional. Things were simple back then. If you wanted to pursue a LEED credential, you became a LEED AP.

What Changed?  Read more: Want to Become a LEED AP? »

RESNET HERS Rater Certification vs BPI Certification

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Wed, 2018-06-06 12:55
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OVERVIEW

Home performance professionals seek either BPI Certification or RESNET HERS Rater Certification to help them fine-tune their technical skills and become a certified home energy auditor. Both of these certification programs illustrate proficiency in residential energy concepts.  Read more: RESNET HERS Rater Certification vs BPI Certification »

Getting Started With LEED

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Fri, 2018-04-20 13:37
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We commonly hear from professionals that they’re not sure where to get started with LEED. Here’s hoping that we can provide some clarity on what it takes to earn a LEED credential, from the accreditation process to the financial commitment.  Read more: Getting Started With LEED »

10 Tips for Choosing a LEED Trainer

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Thu, 2018-04-05 11:30
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In 1998, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to provide a benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings. From 1998 to 2008, LEED gained acceptance and respect among the building and construction industry, resulting in more and more professionals seeking LEED Accreditation.  Read more: 10 Tips for Choosing a LEED Trainer »

ISSP's Sustainability Certification Effort

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:36
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Update (10/4/16): ISSP Exam Prep is now available! Click here to get started.

At its November 2014 annual meeting, the board of directors for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) unanimously voted to move forward in creating a Sustainability Professional Certification Program in order to:  Read more: ISSP's Sustainability Certification Effort »

The 2015 New American Home

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:35
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In September 2013, we posted a blog called Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Green City? questioning how energy efficient a place nicknamed “Sin City” could actually be. That post focused primarily on the growth of LEED-certified buildings in the city. Here we are now, and I see that the 2015 New American Home will debut at the International Builders Show in – where else – Las Vegas…actually, Henderson, which is about 20 minutes southeast of Las Vegas.  Read more: The 2015 New American Home »

Poor HVAC Installation Leads to Increased Energy Use

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Fri, 2018-04-20 14:06
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A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted air flow.  Read more: Poor HVAC Installation Leads to Increased Energy Use »

Veterans Take LEED Exam at No Cost

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:53
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We receive a lot of inquiries from veterans and active duty military about whether their G.I. Bill will cover any of their LEED expenses. The good news is that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reimburse the cost of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams for U.S. military veterans, eligible dependents, and reservists. Candidates can seek up to $2,000 in reimbursement.  Read more: Veterans Take LEED Exam at No Cost »

LEED AP O+M v4 Training Has Arrived

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:53
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We are excited to announce the launch of our new LEED AP Operations and Maintenance training for the LEED Version 4 standard! Individuals can now register for live classroom training or live webinar training. Everblue is the ONLY training organization with live LEED AP O+M v4 training available, so reserve your seat now and benefit from an intense, interactive exam prep experience that you won’t find anywhere else!  Read more: LEED AP O+M v4 Training Has Arrived »

LEED 2009 Project Deadline Extended

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Wed, 2018-04-25 11:47
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As many of you may be aware, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched a new version of its LEED Rating System in November 2013. The update, called LEED Version 4, applies to individual credentials as well as building projects.

The USGBC has allowed an overlap of projects being submitted for consideration under LEED 2009 and LEED v4 standards. The deadline for LEED 2009 projects was originally set for June 15, 2015, but the USGBC recently announced that they are extending the deadline to October 31, 2016.  Read more: LEED 2009 Project Deadline Extended »

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