It’s WISE to Get Free Education on Energy Efficiency

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Program for Contractors and Raters Expands Course Offerings

Our goal is for these tutorials to help builders and subcontractors meet the new code requirements and experience a smooth transition to constructing high-performance building envelopes.

As solar trade-offs sunset into the next building code and high-performance walls and attics become Title 24 requirements, many builders worry about complying with the state’s aggressive energy efficiency standards. In response, the Workforce Instruction for Standards and Efficiency (WISE) program is expanding its educational offerings to help builders and raters prepare for the new paradigm.

This month, WISE is introducing a free, on-demand training module geared toward residential building contractors, insulation installers and HERS (Home Energy Rating System) raters. Courses can be taken anywhere from any computer with internet access at wisewarehouse.org. The module is approximately 45 minutes long and uses visual aids and narration to demonstrate proper construction practices.

The program features step-by-step instructions for constructing High-Performance Walls (HPW) and High-Performance Attics (HPA) in new homes, which improve energy efficiency by reducing heat gain and loss, lowering heating and cooling loads, improving HVAC performance, and reducing thermal bridging.

“We brought in industry veterans with real world experience to help develop this curriculum,” said WISE program manager Dan Krekelberg. “Our goal is for these tutorials to help builders and subcontractors meet the new code requirements and experience a smooth transition to constructing high-performance building envelopes.”

Upcoming training modules will include instructions on energy-efficient window fenestration, stucco, and Quality Insulation Installation (QII), which will become a mandatory measure in the next code cycle.

This educational program offers the added benefit of continuing education credit, which is required of many contractors to maintain licensure. All of this training is provided for free through the California Homebuilding Foundation in partnership with the California Energy Commission.

To sign up and participate in free online training, builders and raters should visit: http://www.wisewarehouse.org/free-demand-training-energy-efficiency.

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About WISE
The WISE program is designed to help the homebuilding industry meet state-mandated energy efficiency standards through education and promoting the exchange of best practices. It offers builders and contractors one-on-one training and information on how to achieve high performance envelopes in residential new construction. Its website also curates technical resources, training modules and case studies to keep builders ahead of the curve. The WISE program is funded by utility ratepayers through the California Energy Commission’s Electric Power Investment Charge (EPIC) grant program. More at http://www.wisewarehouse.org.

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