|April 19, 2012|
DOE Backs Four New Professional Certifications
"The emphasis is on field experience—being able to demonstrate practical ability to do the job. It's not about taking a class and taking a test. It's a demonstration of experience and the quality of work," says Josh Olsen, policy adviser for the Weatherization Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Energy.
The new credentials will meet the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 17024 standard, which is the international benchmark for personnel certifications across all industries. Under ISO 17024, each new certification is developed and administered using international best practices, such as cross-disciplinary peer review and industry validation of technical materials.
The U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed the framework for these certifications in partnership with the Weatherization Assistance Program. They will not replace or interfere with professional certifications in the building trades. They are intended to support the four most common whole-house home performance job roles.
Retrofits Produce Giant Savings for Multifamily Buildings
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Professionalization Uplifts the Industry
Benefits to establishing such a professional classification are prestige, higher income, and better opportunities and career paths for practitioners. Professionalization adds a level of public trust and confidence in the profession and in individual practitioners based upon the profession's demonstrated capacity to provide service.
Webinars Will Delve
into Four New Certifications
in June by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI). They are scheduled as follows:
Click here to register.
Phoenix Workshop Focuses
on Developing Marketing Skills
Weatherization Training Center directors and staff who are responsible for developing marketing analyses and outreach plans will acquire marketing skills and tools at a workshop May 22-24 in Phoenix, Arizona. The “Finding Your Markets and Attracting Them to Your WTC” workshop will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. Participants will learn how to develop and implement marketing strategies, how to identify key business opportunities to make their WTCs sustainable in the long term, how to research competitors in an effort to maintain a competitive edge, and how to promote the unique aspects of their WTCs.
Carrie Smith, chief of In-Home Services, Foundation for Senior Living, Southwest Building Science Training Center, and Cynthia Simonson, director of Simonson Management Services, will lead the training. For information and to register, contact Sheri Hester at Sheri.Hester@orise.orau.gov.
Weatherization Training Center directors and staff are encouraged to attend a workshop June 4-6 in Golden, Colorado. This training opportunity is directed to those who are responsible for developing partnerships, leveraging opportunities, and program monitoring and evaluation.
Two participants from each WTC grant program will receive support and reimbursement for travel costs, as authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education will send out registration information at a later date.
You can now follow weatherization activities and updates using the twitter hash tag #wxwks. We have
started tweeting items of interest to the WAP network, but can use your help. If you have a specific and relevant topic you would like the network to know about, share it using the new hashtag.
Energy OutWest Conference
April 23-27, Boise, Idaho
ACEEE Energy Efficiency Financial Forum
May 7-8, Boston, Massachusetts
Finding Markets for WTCs Workshop
May 22-24, Phoenix, Arizona
Partnerships and Evaluation Workshop
June 4-6, Golden, Colorado
ACI California Home Performance Conference
June 5-6, Sacramento, California
ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
August 12-17, Pacific Grove, California
EEBA: 2012 Excellence in Building Conference and Expo
September 25-27, Scottsdale, Arizona
2012 NASCSP Annual Conference
September 11-14, Atlanta, Georgia
ACI Mid-Atlantic Home Performance Conference
October 1-2, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAF Energy and Community Economic Development Conference
October 21-25, St. Petersburg, Florida
The three most common mistakes applicants make when applying for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Institute for Sustainable Power Quality credentials:
Weatherization Training Centers can use a simple online form to request help for training and technical assistance. This benefit is available to grantees of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program.
Here's how the process works:
The innovative folks at New River Center for Energy Research and Training (NRCERT) have developed an instructional video in the fashion of a classic Mother Goose tale. It tells the story of an aging house in need of weatherization work and a fledgling contractor who creates more problems along the way than he fixes.
"The video walks through pressure boundaries and air moisture, and [shows] how if you change one part of the house it affects other parts. The video's primary teaching point is that a house is a system," said David Meadows, director of operations, NRCERT, Christianburg, Virginia. Anthony Cox, NRCERT's lead trainer, helped create the video.
In the video, Red, Grandma's granddaughter, notices drafts inside the chilly house and decides it needs insulation. Big Mike, a new contractor in the weatherization business, makes more work for himself and learns the hard way that a house is a system and all parts are connected.
In this tale, Big Mike's adventure begins with the installation of new insulation. Mysteriously, a water stain appears on the ceiling. He created this moisture problem because the new insulation trapped heat inside the house, causing moisture to condense and freeze on the underside of the roof. He knows the attic must be air sealed. "If only he had thought of that earlier," says the narrator of the story.
Big Mike must now remove the insulation, air seal the attic, and reinstall the insulation. As the video continues, Big Mike must address other consequences of his weatherization actions including humidity and wall spots, pressure boundaries, condensation problems, and ventilation issues. He realizes he needs training in order to properly recognize and analyze the problems at Grandma's house.
NRCERT staff made the lessons of the video more real by constructing a prop building, dubbed Grandma's House, for use at training events. Students can watch the video and complete hands-on exercise's on the model. They gain a better understanding of building science, the house as a system, and the way many weatherization tasks affect other facets of the house.
The "Grandma's House" video is based on a PowerPoint presentation created by Marquam George of the University of Alaska Southeast and the Alaska Building Science Network. The video was created by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with Mr. George.
The "Grandma's House" video can be found at the National Association of State Community Services Program's (NASCSP) website.