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Energy Efficiency Training Organization Looking for Test Homes

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

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS), which offers energy efficiency training across New York State, is looking for residential homes to train students and perform Building Performance Institute's certification exams.

CEEBS courses, which are offered at 12 Energy Smart Learning Centers across the state, train students to perform energy audits on homes and make recommendations on upgrades to improve a home's energy efficiency. The courses also prepare students to take hands-on BPI certification examinations.

A division of the Workforce Development Institute at Hudson Valley Community College, CEEBS is preparing a listing of potential field training sites, and is offering a $50 per day stipend and verbal energy audit results to homeowners as an incentive.

To be considered, a field home must be located within 20 miles of the Hudson Valley Community College campus or within 20 miles of exit 12 of the Northway (Malta).

Field homes must also be free of any friable asbestos or asbestos-like materials and should also meet the following criteria:

  • Wood frame 1 or 2 story home
  • Large attic space, with a hatch or walk-in
  • Walk-in basement
  • Attached garage or enclosed porch
  • Should have a bathroom or kitchen fan
  • Ductwork system
  • Natural/induced draft appliances

To have your home considered as a field training location, please contact Jim Constanza at (518) 629-4237 or e-mail

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.