Illinois Carpenters Get Training for the Clean Energy Economy

Nick Magrisso recently posted a blog on the NRDC website highlighting the Carpenter Training Center in Elk Grove Village in Illinois as part of his series of exploratory video blogs on how energy efficiency is creating jobs in Illinois. It has been long recognized that a large amount of energy is wasted through improper or outdated building techniques. In addition to creating jobs, the training can help homeowners and businesses save money by making buildings more efficient and thus helping to stimulate the economy.

The Northeast Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters operates the 130,000 sq. ft carpenter training facility which has a mock-up of a building inside it. Apprentices are given training to help them enter the workforce and gain valuable skills that put them ahead of many in their field by working towards gaining certifications, such as the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Analyst Certification. BPI training has been available to the apprentices at the facility since 2009. The students learn when, where, and how to air seal problem or leaky areas in buildings and can apply their knowledge to both new construction and existing buildings.

The ability to recognize and correct problems gives them an edge in the weatherization industry as well. Praise has been give to the program from the apprentices because they “walk away with a lot of knowledge, but are very excited to start their careers” and because they feel can still do important work as the world “goes green” and begins to focus more on energy efficiency.

Craig Triplett, an instructor at the Carpenters Training Center has several reasons for the integration of BPI certification and carpenter training, the first of which is that energy efficiency is not going to go away and that demand will only continue to increase so they want to make sure their students are prepared. Craig is correct. Energy efficiency is not going to go away. As we continue to improve houses and businesses and train individuals, the knowledge and techniques will become common place and techniques and standards will evolve to be more efficient.

Views: 160

Tags: BPI, Training

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network.

Latest Activity

Nickie Irvine replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Judy, I like your reasoning in analyzing most of these possible names.  And I agree that…"
8 hours ago
Judy Roberson replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Hi Linda - You're asking some very good questions. I don't have very good answers, but…"
8 hours ago
Blake Shurtz replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Duct blaster with asbestos?
"I rarely test asbestos- I just perform a visual on-site. I do not think running the duct blaster…"
8 hours ago
Profile IconGreg Hannah, Eric Wilson, Zach Stachura and 2 more joined Home Energy Pros
11 hours ago
Stacy Hunt posted blog posts
16 hours ago
Kirsten Richnavsky added a discussion to the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
Thumbnail

FREE BPI webinar: OSHA's Confined Spaces Rule Impacts Home Performance Workers

Check out this FREE webinar BPI is hosting on OSHA's Confined Spaces Rule Impacts Home Performance…See More
17 hours ago
SmithWatson posted a blog post

Dealing with the 5 Most Common Furnace and Heating Problems

Most people are reminded of the furnace repair service just when the fall or winter arrives.…See More
22 hours ago
SmithWatson shared Lester Shen's blog post on MySpace
23 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service