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TUPPER LAKE - A training program on home energy efficiency is designed to open students' eyes to a new way of thinking about residential buildings.

The Wild Center will be the training site for The Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science's Building Analyst Course, to be held from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20.

This training program will help individuals prepare for the Building Performance Institute's Building Analyst on-line and field tests. Students will come to understand how the house works as a system, why some homes fail, and how to use the latest building science technology to help resolve residential heating, cooling, and base load air leakage problems. By using a "whole house" performance-based approach, students will learn to address a comprehensive range of interrelated building issues and be able to provide homeowners with a more comfortable, safe, durable, and energy efficient home.

This professional training course for builders, contractors and code officers is part of ADKCAP (the Adirondack Climate Action Partnership), which is coordinated through the Wild Center. ADKCAP partners SUNY-Canton and Community Energy Services have been instrumental in bringing Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited courses to the Adirondack Park.

BPI certification and accreditation is required for building professionals who want to offer NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) program incentives to their residential customers. These programs not only save and create jobs, they also allow homeowners to hire these professionals to conduct 'whole house' energy efficiency audits and identify energy efficiency improvements. By using trained professionals for renovations and new homes, Adirondack homeowners may now be eligible for federal or state tax incentives as well as special financing through NYSERDA to install energy efficient equipment and measures.

Participants should have 2-3 years experience in building or contracting. Engineers and Code Officers can receive continuing education credits. Seating is limited to 12. NYSERDA reimburses 100% of the fee upon satisfactory completion of the course to North Country building industry professionals.

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