Want to be an energy auditor?

Contractors in New Hampshire and Vermont have a chance to get into a new and growing sector of the building industry, the energy audit business. A training will be held in the Upper Valley starting May 20th.

New Hampshire electric utilities and Efficiency Vermont, which implements efficiency programs in the Green Mountain state, currently offer financial incentives to homeowners for getting energy audits and completing weatherization measures on their homes by certified contractors (Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) contractors).

Pending federal legislation, as well, would give up to $8,000 in additional incentives for HPwES retrofit work, according to Bob Walker, director of the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG).

The training to prepare participants for BPI certification exams involves eight day-long classes that will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, May 20 through June 11, at Lebanon College in Lebanon, NH. Students will develop an understanding of how a house works as an energy system, fundamental and advanced insulation and air sealing principles, combustion safety protocols, and advanced residential building envelope diagnostics skills.

For course details and cost and to register, contact Lakes Region Community College, Andree Thibault, athibault@ccsnh.edu, at 603-524-3207 or 1-800-357-2992. LRCC is conducting the training, which is part of the Upper Valley Home Energy Assistance Team (UV-HEAT) initiative that works with contractors, businesses and homeowners to promote home weatherization efforts throughout the region.

UV-HEAT is organized by Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG), COVER Home Repair, and Upper Valley Housing Coalition.  For more information on UV-HEAT contact 802-785-4126 or email SERG@valley.net.

SERG promotes energy conservation, efficiency and renewables through the formation of town energy committees to help residents, businesses and the municipalities reduce energy consumption, save money, increase the sustainable use of renewables, strengthen the local economy and improve the environment.

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