'Green' Training Courses in July and August Supply Building Pros Energy Savings Expertise

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Four trainings equip construction pros to provide energy efficient services; empower practitioners, stimulate business development

"Everyone--homeowners and businessowners--will see energy prices skyrocket in the near future," says Sarah Halstead-Boland. "Our people need to be prepared to meet new demand for efficiency."

WVGreenWorks is offering four trainings in July and August designed to boost business and entrepreneurship in the building trades.

On July 15-16, a two-day Green Advantage Commercial/Residential Certification Workshop will be offered to contractors, building owners, municipal leaders, craft workers, and building consultants interested in learning to cut costs through high performance techniques and practices.

“This is the certification most in demand for contractors and craft workers,” says Sarah Halstead Boland, WVGreenWorks executive director. “It’s recognized by the U. S. Green Building Council. Contracting professionals who have this basic certification earn LEED rating points for their projects.”

LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most prominent national standard for energy-efficient buildings and designers.

RESNET Home Energy Rater Certification Training (HERS) begins Monday, August 16. The four-day course addresses West Virginia’s need for energy-efficient homes and buildings. Individuals who get the HERS rating training are qualified to inspect and evaluate a home’s energy features, prepare a rating, and make recommendations for improvements that will save the homeowner energy and money.

“A HERS rating can positively affect the selling price of a home, and the lack of it can definitely raise flags for well-informed buyers,” Halstead Boland said.

The Green Advantage training is $350 per person. The HERS training is $1,500 per person. Both will be presented at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, at 301 Piedmont Road, Charleston.

On August 23-24, also at ReStore, WVGreenWorks will offer Deconstruction: Velvet Crowbar Economics, a two-day course that will focus on the benefits, techniques, and business opportunities related to gently deconstructing buildings so materials can be reused and recycled. “There is profit and opportunity in the deconstruction business for West Virginians,” Halstead Boland said.

WVGreenWorks will also offer a five-Saturday course in professional weatherization techniques beginning in late August. “This course will offer the best practices in weatherizing traditional and manufactured homes. It’s designed for contractors who want to do business with weatherization agencies, and for home owners who want quality weatherization for their homes,” explains Halstead Boland. Cost, specific dates and location have not yet been determined.

“Everyone—homeowners and business owners—will see energy prices skyrocket in the near future,” she continued. “Our people need to be prepared to meet new demand for efficiency.”

For more details, see http://www.wvgreenworks.com, or contact Sarah Halstead Boland at 304.343.2880.

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