Building Science and Weatherization Courses in Berlin
Berlin BetterBuildings and White Mountains Community College are collaborating with LRCC to offer another round of building science and weatherization classes in Berlin, NH:
How Buildings Work, with Peter Yost, Sept. 17-18, $75
Building Analyst, Sept. 25-28 & Oct. 3-5
With BPI certification testing week of Oct. 9
Total tuition $500 including BPI fees
Weatherization Installer, Oct. 23-26
With BPI certification testing week of Oct. 30
Total tuition $500 including BPI fees
All three courses $750 with BPI testing! Please note that North Country residents have priority in these courses. To register contact WMCC — e-mail: Laurie Carrier (tel. 603-752-1113 ext. 3047). For more information including scholarship opportunities contact Berlin BetterBuildings —Cimbria Badenhausen (tel. 603-326-6166).
BPI Building Analyst Certification Testing at LRCC
Up for your 3-year BPI recertification? Lakes Region Community College has a Fast-Track BPI Certification program with new a-la-carte components:
BPI Building Analyst WRITTEN Test, LWKS 9034, $200
BPI Building Analyst FIELD Test, LWKS 9035, $300
Building Analyst REVIEW, LWKS 9036, $100
The certification tests and review materials are for experienced energy auditors who do not need to attend a training course. The optional review program includes a 6-hour field review of BPI combustion safety protocols as well as online review materials. These discounted certification rates are only available to professionals working in New Hampshire.
LRCC will hold a Building Analyst review session on Thursday, November 8, and
BPI written exams
on Friday, November 9. BPI Building Analyst field exams
will be held the week of November 12. Inquire about other possible testing dates. E-mail Andy Duncan
for more information or see the LRCC ETP web site
for registration details.
BPI and DOE Moving Forward with New Certifications
The U.S. Dept. of Energy along with the Building Performance Institute have been piloting four new advanced Home Energy Professional certifications:
Home Energy Auditor Retrofit Installer
Crew Leader Quality Control Inspector
All four certifications contain experience prerequisites, and all four require more advanced skills than existing BPI certifications. They are natural upgrade pathways for experienced energy professionals, and will add credibility to the home performance industry. This project is part of USDOE’s larger Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals
project. LRCC is planning on offering these new BPI certifications, depending on demand and funding. Please contact LRCC’s Efficiency Training Program
if you are interested in taking a pilot certification exam. Prerequisites and certification handbooks can be found at BPI’s Home Energy Professional web site
Upcoming Conferences and Events
The Residential Energy Performance Association
is a not-for-profit New Hampshire best-practices organization for energy auditors and other energy performance professionals. REPA holds monthly trainings for its members in Concord, NH, including Michael Blasnik Sept. 11 on zone pressure tests, and BuildingGreen’s Alex Wilson Oct. 9 on insulation performance. See the REPA web page www.repa-nh.org
for membership information.
The Green Building Open House on Saturday, Oct. 6 is a once-yearly event when homeowners and building managers showcase their sustainable energy home. And it provides great opportunities for others to see installed green energy features. See theNortheast Sustainable Energy Association GBOH web site for more information.
ACI New England Home Performance Conference 2012 is a big event in the home energy performance field. The Springfield, MA conference will be on Wed.-Thu., Oct. 16-17. Sessions range from “Get More from Your IR” to “The Energy Upgrade Sales Process.” See the Affordable Comfort conference web site for more information.
For more information about the Efficiency Training Program at Lakes Region Community College, see www.lrcc.edu/energy/training, or contact Andy Duncan at tel. 603-524-3207 ext. 6629.
The Efficiency Training Program is a partnership with Lakes Region Community College (LRCC), NH Division of Economic Development (DED), and the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI). The ETP program is funded in part from the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund (GHGERF) administered by the NH Public Utilities Commission.