Building Science Specialist

Everyday Green works with clients to build better performing buildings. This position is for a professional interested in working in the building science field to diagnose and correct problems in homes and buildings. This position is a hands on opportunity to work with real world projects. The job will involve working directly with architects, contractors, site supervisors, trade crews and homeowners on properly designing and effectively installing green building measures.  There are opportunities for professional development, and a successful candidate will play an important role in helping to grow a small business.

Everyday Green works primarily with residential projects including new and existing single-family, multi-family and mixed-use properties. Everyday Green provides third-party testing and verification services for multiple green home programs including LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, the National Green Building Standard, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, Indoor airPLUS and ENERGY STAR Multi-Family High Rise.

Responsibilities:

Work with multiple project teams throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC on third-party green building certification and code compliance. Responsibilities include field testing, analysis and diagnostics of new & existing buildings, analyzing improvements to building envelope systems, communicating green building concepts and techniques to clients, and performing advanced diagnostics. This position requires a self-motivated professional that has the ability to problem solve, communicate clearly, think creatively, and absorb building science concepts quickly.

Duties will include:

  • Apply program requirements of LEED Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, ENERGY STAR and the National Green Building Standard as well as building science concepts and principles.
  • Perform site visits throughout the metro DC area to verify appropriate insulation levels and installation of program measures.
  • Perform blower door, duct blaster and flow rate tests.
  • Track and communicate inspection results.
  • Communicate program standards and recommendations to builders, architects and homeowners.
  • Perform energy modeling from plans and construction documents.
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for improving building systems.
  • Review plans, specifications and submittals for incorporation of green building program requirements.
  • Support home energy and commercial building audits including diagnostic testing and completion of audit reports summarizing findings, financial analysis and recommendations.

Qualifications:

  • Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater certification preferred. Ability to gain and maintain HERS rater certification within three months of hire if not currently certified.
  • LEED Green Rater preferred or ability to gain and maintain LEED Green Rater in training status within 9 months if not currently certified.
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification preferred. Ability to gain and maintain BPI certification within 12 months if not currently certified.
  • 2+ years of professional job experience.
  • Education and/or working experience in building-related fields such as building science, architecture, construction, or engineering preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Self-directed with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • General knowledge of basic residential construction and systems.
  • Familiarity or experience with building science principles.
  • Familiarity with green building standards and program requirements including LEED for Homes and ENERGY STAR version 3.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds for 100 feet unassisted.
  • Ability to work outdoors, in basements, crawl spaces and attics. There may be limited exposure in these areas that have extreme temperatures and poor air quality.
  • Strong math and geometry skills and ability to read construction documents and plans.
  • Excellent computer skills and communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Environmentally minded with a commitment to sustainability.

Candidates will receive paid on-the-job training as needed. Candidates may be required to seek certifications and/or licensing related to this work. Opportunity to obtain Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, LEED Homes Green Rater, National Green Building Standard Green Verifier, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater certification. Reimbursement for fees related to training is required if employee leaves within 1 year of completion of training and/or certification.

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the job and experience by April 26th, 2013 to andrea@everydaygreendc.com with the subject line “Building Science Specialist”. This is a full or part-time position based in Washington, DC. Equal opportunity employer. No calls please.

Annual salary $40,000 – $55,000 based on experience + competitive benefits package and flexible work hours.

Tags: Communities, Green, HERS, Homes, LEED, building, green, rater, science

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