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Knee Deep in SMUD's Home Performance Program

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:54
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Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the nation’s sixth largest electric service company, providing electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County. SMUD boasts an impressive rebate program and financing service for customers who want to reduce their monthly energy bills through energy-efficient improvements.

How Consumers Can Participate  Read more: Knee Deep in SMUD's Home Performance Program »

Why You Should "Learn By Doing"

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:55
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When it comes to learning, some people often overlook their preferred learning style in favor of superficial factors that seemingly appeal to them. Cost, schedule, and simplicity are often the most valued features that a person considers when trying to purchase something – let alone education. Ironically, placing value on these superficial features often causes a person to sacrifice the ultimate goal, which is learning! Let’s take a moment to talk about why the “learn-by-doing” strategy is the most effective way to enhance your skill set.  Read more: Why You Should "Learn By Doing" »

Strides in Commercial Energy Benchmarking

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:37
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I just read a fantastic article from Cliff Majersik, of the Institute for Market Transformation, talking about the growth of energy efficiency in this nation. The Huffington Post article appropriately compares this growth to the blossoming of spring – how is this appropriate? Because what we’re seeing is more and more cities across the country requiring energy benchmarking among their commercial buildings.

How to Get a Job in Solar

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:55
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When people think about sustainability, one of the first images to come to mind is a technician putting solar panels on a house. Solar = sustainability. Sure, there are a wide range of jobs and activities that actually make up the sustainability industry, but by and large, many people think about solar. We commonly get live chats from people looking to break into the sustainability industry via a job as a solar panel installer, and they’re not really sure how to get started.  Read more: How to Get a Job in Solar »

5 Secrets for Passing the LEED Exam

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:43
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We love hearing from our students and getting feedback about their LEED exams. We recently heard from a student from our Boston LEED training class.

She sent a note to our instructor, Joan Darvish-Rouhani, that she passed the LEED Green Associate exam with a score of 190 (out of 200!). She also supplied some tips for her classmates to help them avoid the often-seen procrastination stage. We wanted to share these words of wisdom with you all…  Read more: 5 Secrets for Passing the LEED Exam »

Energy Codes in Action

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Thu, 2017-11-09 15:47
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We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.  Read more: Energy Codes in Action »

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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Sun, 2018-10-14 02:06
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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, 2018-09-07 12:55
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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 »

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