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 It has been long recognized that a large amount of energy is wasted through improper or outdated building techniques.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: 195

Tags: BPI, Training

Comment

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

Join Home Energy Pros

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Latest Activity

Brad Cook replied to Jim Tenhundfeld's discussion LED's and motion sensors
"My first thought is whether the motion sensor and/or the LED lamp is a cheap one. I had so many…"
5 hours ago
John Wagner joined allen p tanner's group
Thumbnail

Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase

Discuss the pros and cons of the equipment you are interested in prior to purchase. Post equipment…See More
13 hours ago
Home Energy Magazine posted a blog post
13 hours ago
Jim Tenhundfeld posted a discussion

LED's and motion sensors

When completing an audit, a customer told me that when he installed a LED lamp in his outdoor…See More
18 hours ago
Barbara Smith posted videos
yesterday
CharlieK posted a discussion

Eco-Cottage Program Applauded By Housing Groups, Suppliers & Lenders

AmeriSus a leading player in the eco-kit home business kicked off a new program on MLK-day which…See More
yesterday
Diane Chojnowski posted a discussion

Call for Nominations: Tony Woods Award and Building Performance Hall of Fame

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Tony Woods Award…See More
yesterday
Diane Chojnowski added a discussion to the group 1000 Home Challenge
Thumbnail

January Webinar: Intro to the 1000 Home Challenge

The January Intro to the 1000 Home Challenge webinar will be  Friday, Jan 20 at 10-11:30 AM eastern…See More
yesterday

Home Energy Pros

Welcome to Home Energy Pros – the unique digital community by and for those who work in the home energy performance arena.

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (supported 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. Please honor our Guidelines

© 2017   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service