The Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS), a division of Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute, was recently honored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). CEEBS was honored for excellence in partnerships among trades, educational institutions and business organizations.
CEEBS provides contractors, builders and consumers with a series of sequential training courses on how to diagnose and repair homes to make them more energy efficient. Funded by contracts from NYSERDA, LIPA, (Long Island Power Authority) and a Community-Based Job Training grant from the United States Department of Labor, CEEBS manages 12 Energy Smart Learning Centers across the state.
Enrollment for the CEEBS program has been growing steadily, from 382 students enrolled in 2007 to 1,840 participants in 2009.
The CEEBS training programs specialize in 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.
NYSERDA reimburses 75 percent to 100 percent of tuition upon completion of the course to qualified students. The level of reimbursement is dependent upon the location where the student performs work under the New York Energy$martSM programs. This incentive is being offered by NYSERDA for a limited time and is subject to change at NYSERDA's discretion.
There are other financial incentives available to contractors, including 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.
This is the second award CEEBS has received from NYSERDA. The first was presented in March 2008, honoring the program for providing Residential Energy Efficiency Training for NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.