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February 18, 2020
2019 Year In Review
                           
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2019 Year In Review

Feb. 18, 2020

 

2019 was a BIG year for Build It Green. Our network of GreenPoint Raters and GreenPoint Rated homes continued to grow. We also launched a pilot program to train real estate professionals to be GreenPoint Rated advocates for single-family homes. And after successfully managing utility-funded energy efficiency programs throughout Northern California, toward the end of last year we finalized the sale of that business to Franklin Energy, a Wisconsin-based provider of energy efficiency and grid optimization services. The sale positions BIG to provide more robust support in 2020 for GreenPoint Rated while developing new initiatives to help the residential building industry address decarbonization and other increasingly urgent climate-crisis challenges.

Check out our BIG Picture Report for a recap of our 2019 impacts.

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January 28, 2020
2020 Resolutions
                           
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2020 Resolutions

Dec. 1, 2020

 

I know that resolutions, as the name suggests, are often meant to be challenging. Otherwise they wouldn't be resolutions, right? But as we begin a new year and a new decade, I thought it would be nice to try and put together a list of green home resolutions that many of you can easily do! Here are my top five.

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December 17, 2019
Updates to GreenPoint Rated for new homes emphasize resiliency and low carbon design
                           
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Updates to GreenPoint Rated for new homes emphasize resiliency and low carbon design

Dec. 17, 2019

 

GreenPoint Rated New Home Version 8 goes into effect January 1, 2020 and applies to GreenPoint Rated projects that will be permitted under California’s 2019 building code.

CALGreen mandatory measures are still prerequisites in GreenPoint Rated Version 8. Also, a new prerequisite requires that a Certified Energy Analyst prepare the project’s Title 24 compliance documents to help ensure they accurately reflect the building’s design and anticipated energy savings.

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Version 8 emphasizes resiliency, with strategies that address climatic extremes including wildfire, extreme heat, flooding and extreme precipitation. The new version also includes innovative pathways for residential buildings to achieve California’s goals for net zero energy and low carbon homes.

Building professionals: Learn more about GreenPoint Rated Version 8.

Homeowners: Find out about the benefits of a GreenPoint Rated home.

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December 17, 2019
Home Performance Training Opportunities
                           
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Home Performance Training Opportunities

Dec. 17, 2019

 

The home performance landscape is continuing to evolve as practitioners and researchers discover new ways to design, build and measure sustainable and healthy buildings. To keep up, check out these free or low-cost continuing education opportunities.

PG&E Energy Education Center:

Topics include residential ventilation, energy modeling, Title 24 review, and home audit diagnostic testing. Classes are free and available in San Francisco, Stockton and on-demand online. The Energy Education Centers also have tool libraries where you can borrow blower doors, duct testers, and other energy efficiency and combustion appliance testing equipment.

Click here to learn more


BayREN Residential Homeowner Energy Efficiency Workshops:

Free Bay Area workshops that cover the benefits of energy upgrades, how to qualify for energy upgrade rebates, and finance options.

Click here to learn more


Building Performance Institute:

Online courses that help home performance contractors run a more successful and efficient business.

Click here to learn more


UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education:

One-day classes offering insight into disaster response and sustainability. Also, certificate programs in land use planning and environmental resource management.

Click here to learn more.


SoCal Edison:

Free and online classes in Irwindale and Tulare.

Topics include building codes and standards, construction and software, energy management controls, HVAC, renewables, and sustainability. A tool library is also available to borrow diagnostic equipment.

Click here to learn more


SoCal REN:

Offers workforce education and training prepares small contractors with the knowledge to compete for energy efficiency projects and increase their capacity.

Click here to learn more


Local Community Colleges or Universities:

Check your local college or university for sustainability or green design courses or certificate programs.


 

Know of a class or training program we didn’t mention? Send us a link: info@builditgreen.org

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