Building Science Academy Launches Trade Ally Programs with Several Utility Companies Throughout the U.S. on Their Programs for Energy Optimization and Weatherization

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There is a growing national effort through state public service commission's that require utility companies to have energy efficiency programs. Being located in Michigan, these newly formed programs already include the major utilities in their home state with public utilities such as DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, and some of the co-op and other utilities that have a smaller footprint. Rebates will be offered by all utility companies as part of their Michigan Public Service Commission-mandated energy optimization program.

We are consulting utility companies in order to help further develop components of our training curriculum.

The rebate amounts vary and will be offered on energy improvements the homeowner makes that improve the weatherization of their homes. These audits and rebates focus on benchmarks in the following categories; air sealing, basement wall insulation, floor/bandjoist insulation, above grade wall insulation, ceiling/attic insulation, duct seal and insulation, window replacement, and space heating boiler pipe wrap.

"The Building Science Academy (BSA) is currently the only training provider listed in DTE Energy's online Energy Efficiency Directory (DTE Energy's Directory) for every county in the State of Michigan," said BSA principal Sam Flanery. Mr. Flanery continues, "We are consulting utility companies in order to help further develop components of our training curriculum."

BSA is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) recognized affiliate which will educate contractors, electricians, mechanical/plumbing staff, HVAC providers and manufacturers, and individuals on the principles of building science and the whole home approach to energy efficiency. This ultimately results in increased qualifications to perform such work and obtain BPI certifications. This training opens up new revenue and job opportunities for people interested in these career paths.

Another company principal, Kim Phillipi added, "BSA's vision is to be leaders in providing energy training for building professionals that will reduce energy consumption and our dependence on foreign oil while creating new job opportunities. These standards could create a potential new career path as these types of services become more frequently mandated by increasing regulations calling for stricter standards in efficiency for residential, commercial, new construction and retro-fitting of existing structures."

BSA currently offers programs in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit and are partnering with several universities and colleges to add this curriculum component as a class or part of a degree. These are programs and training classes that will be soon expanding to several states and universities throughout the U.S. Plans are in the works to offer classes and training materials online as demand for these services continues to rise as more states and utility companies implement their energy optimization programs.

Adding to the demand for such training and classes is the fact that there are currently $500 million in Department of Labor Federal Grants for non-profits, state governments, government agencies, union organizations, and educational institutions to offer these training programs to help prepare the workforce for these types of jobs. There are several grants available for these efforts and you can find information about them by visiting Educational Federal Grants.

About Building Science Academy (Weatherization Energy Training) - Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Building Science Academy is a privately held training school that specializes in training energy auditors, raters, and contractors for energy and weatherization performance standards. Their approach is to provide a comprehensive training program to assist contractors, companies, and individuals in obtaining certifications to perform these weatherization and audit services which result in enhanced career paths and additional revenue generation opportunities. They are an affiliate of the Building Performance Institute who is recognized as setting national standards for the Home Performance Industry. BSA's principals and instructors bring vast hands on experience to the classroom with over fifty years cumulative experience in the construction and utility industries while being pioneers in conducting energy audits and performing retrofits.

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