The Healthy Homes partnership program strengthens ties within the community by helping to raise property values, provide local contractors and the unemployed with new skills and training to stay competitive in the market and keep reinvesting in the local community, not only where they work, but also where they live
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 5, 2009
CleanEdison, a national Leed Consulting and education provider, today announced the launch of its Healthy Homes Partnership™ program as part of its consulting services practice. Designed to provide a free evaluation of affordable housing for its energy efficiency, air quality, and overall health & safety, the Healthy Homes initiative pairs up CleanEdison's Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst students with homeowners seeking residential energy audits.
According to the United States Green Building Council, buildings in the US account for 60 percent of the country's total energy usage. The funding of the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) specifically aims to help reduce this energy usage. Two primary factors that contribute to high energy usage include the shortage of trained local home energy professionals and the lack of homeowner awareness of government funding available through ARRA to perform energy efficient retrofits. CleanEdison's Healthy Homes Partnership program will help train home energy auditors in local communities and educate eligible homeowners on the state and government incentives available to help cover costs of energy retrofits. Additionally, by increasing the energy efficiency of a home, homeowners are better poised to wage the uphill battle against falling home values.
"The Healthy Homes partnership program strengthens ties within the community by helping to raise property values, provide local contractors and the unemployed with new skills and training to stay competitive in the market and keep reinvesting in the local community, not only where they work, but also where they live," said Avi Yashchin, president of CleanEdison. "This is an important step in making it possible for everyone to do their part when it comes to improving our environment. With the unprecedented push by the government to promote green building practices, we want to assist homeowners with taking advantage of these subsidies."
In addition to providing homeowners with a free energy audit, students will perform a comprehensive evaluation of the home, culminating in a 13-page report summarizing the home's performance. CleanEdison will also provide the homeowner with comprehensive information about local, state and national incentive programs that provide discounted or free energy upgrades.
The Healthy Homes program is the latest addition to CleanEdison's suite of Energy Consulting services. Clients turn to CleanEdison for a range of expertise including assistance in achieving LEED certification, recommendations on how to reduce a building's total operating costs, efficiency measures, methods to qualify for grants, government incentives and financing strategies. CleanEdison's LEED APs have years of experience as architects, construction managers, and consultants on a wide variety of project types, including office high-rise, medical, educational, high-end retail, and residential buildings Because of the LEED APs' rich backgrounds, clients are able to receive the best suggestions for alternative options that are easiest to implement and least expensive, maximizing clients' return on investment.
CleanEdison's consulting division also works with owners and operators on new construction projects, as well as retrofitting or improving the performance of existing buildings. They help property owners realize the financial implications of investing upfront to save more in operating costs and minimizing environmental impact. CleanEdison achieves this through implementing efficiency measures, billing analysis, assessing the use of the building and the needs of the occupants, state and federal tax incentives, on-site generation and in some cases, DCV implementation. Often CleanEdison can even arrange financing and put together packages that result in little to no money upfront, improving the value of the entire building.
To learn more about CleanEdison and details on how to qualify for the Healthy Homes Partnership, visit Community Outreach.
CleanEdison is a highly effective, award-winning and competitively priced provider of green education services and sustainability consulting. The company helps industry professionals obtain necessary skills and accreditation, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Building Performance Institute (BPI). CleanEdison offers LEED exam preparation courses, energy audit and solar training and sustainability consulting nationwide. CleanEdison is committed to education and training, offering comprehensive resources to its students, including detailed study guides, online practice exams and help desk access. Completion of CleanEdison courses and training satisfies Continuing Education Credit (CEU) requirements for major industry associations, including AIA, BOMA, InterNACHI and USGBC. To learn more about CleanEdison and to sign up for courses, visit http://www.cleanedison.com/.