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12/17/2009
Energy Efficiency Training for BPI Certification Offered at New TEC SMART Facility in Malta
Course Will Prepare Students For Green Collar Jobs

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

Beginning soon at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC SMART facility in Malta, local builders, trades people, architects, engineers and individuals interested in pursuing a career in the green collar workforce in Saratoga and Southern Adirondacks regions can receive training on how to diagnose and repair homes to make them more energy efficient.

Beginning February 2, 2010 Hudson Valley Community College Workforce Development Institute's Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science will offer Building Analyst and Envelope Professional training at the college's new state-of-the-art TEC SMART facility in the Saratoga Technology+ Energy Park®, which is owned and operated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Financial support is by NYSERDA, the Long Island Power Authority, and the U.S. Department of Labor

The Building Analyst course uses a "whole house" performance-based approach to address a range of interrelated building issues. Students in the course will be trained to diagnose those issues and recommend steps to create a more comfortable, safe, durable and energy-efficient home. The course includes 24 hours of classroom instruction as well as 12 hours of hands-on field experience assessing and testing a local home. The Envelope Professional course uses the same approach to teach advanced building envelope diagnostic, evaluation and repair skills, with 12 hours of classroom instruction and 18 hours of field experience.

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS), a division of HVCC's Workforce Development Institute (WDI), is the lead agency for statewide workforce development programs providing energy efficiency-based training to the existing workforce in New York State.

CEEBS has established a statewide footprint with 12 strategically-located Energy $mart Learning Centers comprised of nine two-year colleges with strong technology programs, one Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) school, and one non-profit training organization.

CEEBS offers courses primarily addressed to the existing workforce in the related building trades areas. These courses prepare students for national certification by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI sets the national technical standards for contractors in the building performance contracting trade.

CEEBS provides the baseline training for BPI certifications in:

  • Building Analyst
  • Envelope Professional
  • Heating Professional
  • AC/Heat Pump (Cooling) Professional

CEEBS Learning Centers also offer:

  • Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater Training
  • Sales and Marketing Training for NYS Home Performance Contractors
  • Multifamily Building Analyst Training

Students could receive 75 percent reimbursement for the total cost of the training. Incentives available to contractors also include financial assistance for the purchase of diagnostic equipment, co-op advertising and BPI contractor referral. Contractors or home remodelers who successfully complete the program and BPI Certification/Accreditation may be eligible to apply to become a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor. Through NYSERDA's Home Performance with Energy Star Program, participating contractors can offer their customers a host of program incentives on qualifying energy efficiency repairs and improvements.

For more information, visit www.hvcc.edu/ceebs or contact the Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science directly by calling (518) 629-4111 or e-mailing ceebs@hvcc.edu.