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How to Install Solar Panels in Idaho

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:34
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On July 1, 2017, the state of Idaho implemented the 2017 version of the National Electric Code (NEC), which sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupations. Currently, only one other state has implemented the 2017 NEC code, though more states are expected to put its rules into effect this summer.  Read more: How to Install Solar Panels in Idaho »

LEED Green Associate Exam Qualifications

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:38
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Are you eligible to take the LEED Green Associate Exam?

Regardless of your education, occupation, or work experience – you ARE eligible to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Granted, having work experience or education in a related field of architecture, engineering, construction management, etc. certainly offers some advantages in terms of a base familiarity of green building terms and strategies. But overall, there is no requirement that a LEED candidate possess a particular degree or number of years of work experience.  Read more: LEED Green Associate Exam Qualifications »

Coming Soon? Solar Inspector Certifications

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:53
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NABCEP, or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, sent out an email blast in early May 2017 to announce two new certifications on the horizon: PV Systems Inspector (PVSI) and Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI).

These solar inspector certifications are primarily intended for individuals performing system inspections for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), utilities, incentive programs, investors, and others performing quality assurance of photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating systems and code compliance.  Read more: Coming Soon? Solar Inspector Certifications »

LEED Certification A Fit for All Building Types

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:52
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Many individuals working in the construction industry are familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and have long considered it a value-add for commercial office buildings. But did you know that the LEED certification standards also apply to homes, communities, transit stations, and cities?

If you’re new to LEED, please visit our Getting Started With LEED series.  Read more: LEED Certification A Fit for All Building Types »

ISSP to Redefine Sustainability Professional

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:39
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You know a professional skillset has evolved into a growing and thriving career when the Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, conducts a survey among U.S.-based professionals and standardizes the responses into a formal occupation definition.

This is what is happening right now with the sustainability industry.  Read more: ISSP to Redefine Sustainability Professional »

Blower Door Equipment Discount from Retrotec

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:55
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We’re excited to announce that participants in our BPI training and RESNET HERS Rater training courses can now receive a 14% discount on blower door testing equipment from Retrotec!

Individuals who plan to start a home performance company will need blower door, duct blaster, and manometer equipment at a minimum to offer a home energy auditing service and/or to meet building code requirements.  Read more: Blower Door Equipment Discount from Retrotec »

Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:35
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The Portland City Council unanimously voted to adopt the “home energy score policy” in 2016 with an expected effective date of January 1, 2018. This policy aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program and requires an on-site home energy audit from an approved Home Energy Score Assessor.

If you’re new to the concept of home energy auditing and want a better understanding of what goes into a home energy audit, please visit our Energy Auditor Training page.  Read more: Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy »

Discounts for NABCEP-Certified Professionals

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:52
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There are a number of reasons why a solar professional would pursue NABCEP Certification, from increased credibility and marketing value to competitive advantage and eligibility for state and utility incentive programs. But there are also tangible benefits for professionals who have earned NABCEP Certification, and that’s what we’re going to look at today.  Read more: Discounts for NABCEP-Certified Professionals »

States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:41
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Those working in the residential and commercial building industries know that codes and standards are as good as gold. Building codes are put into place to provide guidance and standardization. When a state “adopts” a particular version of the building code, builders and contractors working in the state must adhere to the requirements listed therein.  Read more: States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms »

Disaster Response Council to Focus on Sustainability

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:51
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Stephen Bushnell has worked in U.S. property and casualty insurance for over 40 years. From 2012-2015, he served as the first and only insurance and risk management professional elected to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Board of Directors, where he helped shape the future of USGBC and its LEED green building program.  Read more: Disaster Response Council to Focus on Sustainability »

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