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How to Earn a Quality Control Inspector Certification

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Tue, 2015-05-19 12:57
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One of the newest home energy certifications to surface is the Quality Control Inspector. This designation was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy with the intention of developing a highly skilled workforce in the residential energy upgrade industry. What’s exciting about this credential is that it presents an opportunity for renovation and growth in a way that’s never been seen before.  Read more: How to Earn a Quality Control Inspector Certification »

How to Start a Home Energy Audit Businesss

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Fri, 2018-05-18 14:11
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Many of our students enroll in energy efficiency training with the intent of starting a home performance company. We’re really excited and honored to be a part of this process, and we know that training is not where it ends. In fact, training is really only the beginning! There are several steps that you need to take, or consider, if you’re going to start your own business as a home energy auditor.  Read more: How to Start a Home Energy Audit Businesss »

Is QCI Replacing Any of the BPI Certifications?

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Tue, 2015-05-19 12:58
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You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have been working with BPI to create new certifications. These certifications are called Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Retrofit Installer Technician, and Crew Leader. These certifications will not replace the existing BPI certifications that we’ve all come to know and love.  Read more: Is QCI Replacing Any of the BPI Certifications? »

The Rise of HERS Scores in Homebuilding

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Thu, 2014-08-14 14:56
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RESNET, or the Residential Energy Services Network, was founded in 1995. The concept grew out of a commitment to developing national standards for home energy auditing and home energy ratings.

Around the same time, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) was created. BPI also had a focus on home energy auditing. Until recently, BPI was not focused on home energy ratings. It is this piece that has helped RESNET climb to popularity.

What is a Home Energy Rating?  Read more: The Rise of HERS Scores in Homebuilding »

What Energy Auditors Do

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Fri, 2017-04-07 11:12
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In a previous post, I wrote about the factors driving residential energy efficiency. Now that we've explored why there is a growing demand for energy auditors, let’s take a look at what is it that they actually do.

An energy auditor’s main goal is to identify and prioritize opportunities for energy savings through data analysis, visual inspection, and the use of various diagnostic tools.  Read more: What Energy Auditors Do »

BPI Blower Door & Duct Blaster Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:46
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The Building Performance Institute (BPI) has announced a new certification focused specifically on blower door and duct blaster concepts.

BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage, or BPI IDL, is a standalone certification that emphasizes proper handling of energy auditing equipment - and you heard it here first!

What is BPI IDL Certification?  Read more: BPI Blower Door & Duct Blaster Certification »

Factors Driving Residential Energy Efficiency

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Tue, 2014-08-05 08:58
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In the U.S., buildings are responsible for the largest share of carbon dioxide emissions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s buildings consume more energy than the transportation or industry sectors, accounting for nearly 40% of total U.S. energy use. Of that 40%, nearly half is consumed by the residential sector, which includes homes and apartments.  Read more: Factors Driving Residential Energy Efficiency »

Drive Toward Healther Buildings and Positive Contributions

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Thu, 2018-04-05 11:08
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McGraw Hill Construction released a fascinating report this week titled, "The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings." The report identifies a general lack of awareness among medical practitioners of the health benefits of green building and sustainability and urges for better understanding of these benefits.

Medical Information Chart  Read more: Drive Toward Healther Buildings and Positive Contributions »

10 Things to Know About Taking the LEED Exam

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Thu, 2014-07-31 16:21
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I took my LEED Green Associate exam early last week. This was my first time taking an exam at a Prometric Testing Center. I was very impressed by the level of professionalism and security that I experienced. I just wanted to share a few of my observations…  Read more: 10 Things to Know About Taking the LEED Exam »

More HERS Ratings Expected in 2015

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Fri, 2018-04-20 13:24
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The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In the upcoming version of the residential building code, RESNET's HERS Index will be an optional compliance path — some people are saying that this compliance path represents the most significant change coming to 2015 IECC. 

What is the International Energy Conservation Code?  Read more: More HERS Ratings Expected in 2015 »

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