Green 101: Understanding Industry Standards


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Interested in joining the new green economy? This is a high-level overview of the prevailing green standards. These slides are a portion of the CleanEdison Green 101 Course - if you're interested in viewing the entire 3-hour course, visit our website.

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Green 101: Understanding Industry Standards

  1. 1. Green LabelsGreening your life – with a focus on yourcareer
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  3. 3. Green Standards  Organic – food  EnergyStar – appliances and houses  LEED – buildings and people  FSC – wood products© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  4. 4. Green Building Rating Systems For For buildings? Software Commercial or Hands on professionals? training Residential Training?BPI Y N N Residential YRESNET Y Y Y Residential YLEED Y Y N Commercial N (mostly)EnergyStar N Y N Residential NNational Green Y Y N Residential NBuildingStandardPassive House Y Y Y! All types N© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  5. 5. Green Jobs  Many “green” jobs are existing jobs, updated for the new economy  Construction-relatedjobs  Manufacturing-related jobs  Auto-worker  Utility  Many of the skills required for these jobs are also standardized using accreditations© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  6. 6. LEED© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  7. 7. LEED Accreditation Legacy LEED AP “LEED Green Associate” requirements: Experience on one LEED-registered project OR work in field of sustainability (or previous employment) OR proof of completion of green building education, like an exam prep course AND pass 2-hour LEED GA exam Must complete 15 hrs. of CE every two© CleanEdison, llc 2011 years
  8. 8. Building Performance Institute8 A national resource for building science technology that sets standards for assessing and improving home energy Est 1993 first Cert in 1996 Uses the house-as-a-system approach to assessing a home Is the required certification for many Home Performance with Energy Star Programs HPwES© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  9. 9. BPI Specialties9 Fundamentals ---------------------------------- Intermediate Level Specialties ----------------------------------- Certification Manufactured Building Analyst Envelope / Shell Heating A/C or Heat Pump Name Housing Manufactured housing A/C heat or heat pump Core Envelope systems and systems and their Heating systems and Buildings and their systems and their their interaction with other interaction with other their interaction with other Curriculum Systems interaction with other building systems manufactured housing building systems building systems systems Optimizing building Optimizing manufactured Optimizing Optimizing A/C and heat Analyzing Building envelope systems and housing systems and heatingsystems and their pump systems and their Optimization Systems their interaction with their interaction with interaction with building interaction with building building systems building systems systems systems Reference BPI standards and Project Specifications Standards © CleanEdison, llc 2011
  10. 10. RESNET Standards  Recognized for  Accreditation of rating providers, rater training providers, and rating software tools  Verification of energy savings for energy efficient mortgages (EEMs)  Verification of a homes energy performance for EPAs ENERGY STAR Homes Program and the Department of Energy’s Building America Program  Performance option for energy code compliance in 16 states  Verification of energy performance in state utility benefit program funded residential energy efficiency programs in 9 states© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  11. 11. HERS Index The HERS Reference Home sets the standard at 100. Homes that are more efficient than the standard will score lower on the scale. For each percentage point that the home in question is more efficient than the reference home, the home is rated 1 point lower on the scale. Energy Star homes score an 85 or lower (80 or lower in Northern climate zones) Builder’s Challenge homes score a 70 or lower© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  12. 12. NABCEP  North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners  Install, design and sell solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal, and small wind© CleanEdison, llc 2011 Images and Text from
  13. 13. IGSHPA  International Ground Source Heat Pump Association  Certify ground source heat pump installers and drillers Images from© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  14. 14. Energy auditor Carpenters, BPI and/or or residential Electricians, RESNET retrofit HVAC Laborers training contractor Architects, Engineers, Green Commercial Electricians, Real Estate project Carpenters, LEED Certification design, finance, Lawyers, Real management, Estate Agents, etc construction Machinists, sheet metal, iron Wind Turbine Wind Energy and steel Installer and Certification workers, technician engineers Electricians, laborers, contractors, Solar PV & Solar Solar power installer electrical engineers, Thermal Certification and technician welders Plumbers, architects, Ground source heat IGSHPA Training civil engineers pump installation© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  15. 15. For Career Starters or Changers  If you’re entering a 2 or 4 year program, there are a number of green careers in the fields of:  Agriculture  Biotech  Construction  Energy  Naturalresources management  Advocacy  Transportation© CleanEdison, llc 2011
  16. 16. Green Your Job  Realtor  Janitor  Teacher  Hotelier  Dog walker  Lawyer, accountant, small business owner… any job can be greened.© CleanEdison, llc 2011