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Weatherization Certification & Energy Efficiency Course for New and Existing Homes
Professional energy efficiency training course programs focus on providing training for energy efficiency
certification and are designed to help professionals increase their energy efficiency best practice
knowledge and abilities. There are two main categories of energy efficiency certification
courses including new homes and existing homes.
New Home Energy Efficiency Course
Three organizations provide Energy Efficiency certification courses on new homes. These include:
Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) is an international organization that provides educational products and services for improved building performance to its members. Members of EEBA have the can register to participate in a "Master Builder" certification program. The program is offered year round through EEBA's Institute of Building Technology. Topics covered in the program include: Building Design Basics, Codes Comprehension, Design Components, Green and Sustainability, Commissioning and Testing, Indoor Environments and Health and Mechanical Systems.
Residential Energy Services Network (RESNAT) is comprised of a national group of mortgage companies, real estate brokers, builders, appraisers, utilities and other housing and energy professionals interested in increasing the number of families qualified for homeownership through the expansion of mortgage financing options and home energy ratings. RESNAT in collaboration with other organizations offers its member the opportunity to enroll in a home energy rater certification program based on the HERS Rating Method.
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) offers tests to both Installation and Service technicians. Posted on their website are course descriptions. NATE has a network of hundreds of Testing Organizations across the country, and testing takes place all year.
Energy Efficiency Course for Existing Homes
A number of state and local government agencies as well as private companies offer weatherization certification programs and energy efficiency courses for their residents. For additional information, please see your local governments' web site or click on the corresponding link above.
Good Installation Practices.
In order to have energy efficient products work well, they need to be installed well. The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is an independent non-profit that provides comprehensive, nationwide testing and certification for HVAC technicians who work on or install residential and light commercial equipment and systems. NATE training with energy efficiency courses, endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, increases the number of technicians skilled in the proper installation and service of HVAC equipment, which ensures that equipment runs at peak efficiency and helps achieve energy efficiency goals.
Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green