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03/26/2008
Hudson Valley Community College Honored for Energy Efficiency Training Program Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Rich Bennett, right, director of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development, accepts the NYSERDA Outstanding Partnership Award from NYSERDA President/CEO Paul Tonko.
Rich Bennett, right, director of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development, accepts the NYSERDA Outstanding Partnership Award from NYSERDA President/CEO Paul Tonko.
Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute (WDI) recently was honored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The WDI's Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS) was given the Outstanding Partnership Award which recognizes excellence in partnerships among trades, educational institutions and business organizations.

CEEBS, funded by grants from NYSERDA and LIPA, (Long Island Power Authority), provides contractors, builders and consumers with a series of sequential courses across the state on how to diagnose and repair homes to make them more energy efficient. CEEBS currently manages seven Energy Smart Learning Centers across the state, and three additional centers are scheduled to open soon. Currently, the centers are located at Hudson Valley Community College; Broome Community College in Binghamton; Erie Community College in Buffalo; the Association for Energy Affordability in the Bronx; Bronx Community College; Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in Syracuse, and the New York State Weatherization Directors’ Association (NYSWDA), also in Syracuse.

This training program provides specialized building science courses that focus on whole-house diagnostics and performance. Building performance is a systematic approach to improving the indoor environment by applying improvements to the whole house, not just a part of it. Each training course prepares participants for Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. BPI sets the national technical standards for contractors in the building performance contracting trade.

Students or their employers can be reimbursed for 75 percent of the tuition fee for these courses. Other incentives available to contractors include financial assistance for the purchase of diagnostic equipment, co-op advertising and BPI contractor referral. Through the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, participating builders can offer their customers reduced interest rate loans on qualifying repairs. Contractors or home remodelers who successfully complete the training program and pass the certification tests may join a select group of Home Performance with Energy Star® contractors, with access to program benefits.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.

For CEEBS program information and questions, contact:

Phone: 518-629-4111

E-mail: ceebs@hvcc.edu

Online: www.hvcc.edu/wdi