Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

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Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

Ely Flores, a 2005 graduate of a YouthBuild program in Los Angeles, is a Grid Alternatives outreach manager and works with low-income families to install solar panels to reduce their home energy costs. At Greenbuild 2012 in ...

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Training in the 21st Century: From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side

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July 01, 2014

Imagine you have just walked into the classroom. Right now the teacher is standing at the front, explaining some of the finer details of the second law of thermodynamics. The students are sitting at tables, ... [continue reading]

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Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

Author: Chris Cato
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July 01, 2013

Ely Flores, a 2005 graduate of a YouthBuild program in Los Angeles, is a Grid Alternatives outreach manager and works with low-income families to install solar panels to reduce their home energy costs. At Greenbuild 2012 in ... [continue reading]

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Laying a Foundation with the SWS

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June 30, 2013

The Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Home Energy Upgrades were developed by DOE, its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to set the standard for high-quality work in the weatherization ... [continue reading]

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Telling the Story of Home Performance

Author: Chris Dorsi
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June 30, 2013

We’re all engaged in the business of education, whether we recognize it or not. Every time we speak or write, after all, we’re hoping to educate others about our knowledge and ... [continue reading]

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Choosing the Right Certification for Your Business

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April 30, 2013

As the home industry continues to shift toward highly energy-efficient homes, the number of certifications available to contractors working on these homes is steadily growing. From basic certifications, such as Building Analyst or Home Energy ... [continue reading]

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Job Task Analyses Define the Home Energy Professional

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February 25, 2013

Cosmetologists, warehouse workers, corrections officers, veterinarians … these are examples of the thousands of occupations that utilize a job task analysis (JTA) to define their profession. What is a JTA? Good question. It’s ... [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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