Training Day

July/August 2005
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2005
CBPCA's hands-on training opens the eyes of would-be home performance contractors.
        Contractors in Northern and Central California who are interested in learning about home performance contracting have a great resource in their backyard. The California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA) is a nonprofit organization that is charged with introducing remodeling contractors— and the general public—to home performance services. Funding comes from California energy ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Since it started training activities in late 2002, CBPCA has trained more than 100 individuals from nearly 65 different firms.         As part of its ongoing series of trainings, the CBPCA recently held a field class at Carol Markell’s home in the Kensington neighborhood, near Berkeley. Markell, who is the advertising and marketing manager at Home Energy, had run into Steve Sokolsky from CBPCA at a building performance conference. When she found out that her home could be used as a test house for one of CBPCA’s trainings, she jumped at the chance to get her home evaluated.         The CBPCA’s overall training regimen consists of three parts: business and marketing; diagnosis and remediation; and one-on-one ...

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