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Online "Basics of Building Science" Provides Overview for Those Hoping to Enter the Home Energy Efficiency Field

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS), a division of Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute, will offer an online "Basics of Building Science" course for those interested in learning about or starting a career in the home energy efficiency or home energy auditing field.

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts involved in the whole house approach to residential energy efficiency. Interested students should have access to an internet-connected computer. The 15-hour course includes five weekly modules.

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 New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, 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.

"Basics of Building Science" serves as an introduction to the series of courses offered by CEEBS, which include "Building Analyst," "Envelope Professional," "Heating Professional," "Cooling Professional," and "HERS Rater." Students who successfully complete these sequential courses may test for Building Professional Institute (BPI) certification.

For more information, contact CEEBS at or (518) 629-4111.

The cost of the online "Basics of Building Science" course is $300. NYSERDA reimburses 75 percent to 100 percent of tuition upon completion of the course to qualified students. The level of reimbursement is dependent upon the location where the student performs work under the New York Energy$martSM programs. This incentive is being offered by NYSERDA for a limited time and is subject to change at NYSERDA's discretion.

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 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.