NC Sustainable Energy Association

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The AIA+2030 Professional Series

Thursday February 13, 2014 - Thursday December 11, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM | The Freelon Group, 5310 S, Alston Ave. Bldg. 300 Ste. 320, Durham

The AIA+2030 Professional Series

The AIA+2030 Professional Series™ is a comprehensive, ground-breaking curriculum that includes ten, 4-hour sessions teaching strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions. AIA+2030 gives design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings-and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace.

AIA+2030 is slowly sweeping the nation...get involved in the movement and get educated on the future of energy efficiency in architecture!

SPONSORED BY: AIA Triangle, USGBC, CSI


CREM: Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

Thursday March 13, 2014 - Wednesday May 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM |

CREM: Certificate in Renewable Energy Management


Everblue Training: LEED Green Associate

Wednesday April 2, 2014 - Wednesday November 12, 2014 | 12:12 PM | Raleigh and Charlotte Locations


 

LEED Green Associate:  Mention NCSEA and receive NCSEA Member Discount

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/leed-exam-prep/green-assoc-exam-prep

Train to become a LEED Green Associate! Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the most distinguished and widely accepted environmental design and green building certification. Everblue's LEED Green Associate exam prep includes a complete review of the LEED rating systems and strategies for passing the exam. Everblue is a USGBC National Member with award-winning instructors and curriculum. The USGBC-NC recognized Everblue in 2013 as a "Fearless Leader" in the green building industry. Get your training and education from the best!


Everblue Training: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Monday April 21, 2014 - Friday November 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/lean-six-sigma-black-belt

Prior to Six Sigma, process or quality management in practice was largely relegated to the production floor and to statisticians in a separate quality department. With the wide scale adoption of Six Sigma, organizations now seek quality management skills across all business functions and levels. Thus, an elite ranking system has emerged to help define a hierarchy and special career path for individuals who follow Six Sigma methods.


Planning and Zoning for Solar in NC: Live Webinar

Thursday April 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM |

Planning and Zoning for Solar in NC: Live Webinar


Best Practice Code-Compliant PV System Design

Saturday April 26, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

This one-day class will clearly explain and summarize the intent and application of the National Electrical Code relevant to photovoltaic (PV) solar electric systems and cover significant changes in the 2014 National Electric Code that pertain to PV systems. Because the photovoltaic industry is undergoing extremely rapid growth and new technologies are constantly being introduced to the market, Articles 690 and 705 of the National Electrical Code incorporate a large quantity of important changes. The primary focus requirements for conductor routing and labeling, fuse servicing and disconnects, and arc-fault protection devices. In addition, code-compliant wire sizing per Article 300, and transformerless inverter installation will be discussed and case studies presented. Although many licensed electrical contractors in North Carolina have not previously had experience with Solar PV systems, as the PV industry expands electrical contractors will be called on both to install systems and to service existing systems.


Everblue Training: RESNET HERS Rater

Monday April 28, 2014 - Friday August 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte and Raleigh, NC Locations


 

RESNET HERS Rater

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/energy-auditor/resnet-hers-rater-training

Everblue provides RESNET HERS Rater training on a national level. This training course will teach you the knowledge necessary to provide homeowners and homebuilders a detailed analysis of energy consumption and money-saving energy conservation strategies. In this course, you will learn how to help builders and architects improve home energy efficiency using the house-as-a-system approach. We will teach you the basics of building science, energy modeling, and how to conduct a rating on a home.


Everblue Training: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Monday May 5, 2014 - Wednesday October 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/lean-six-sigma-green-belt

Become a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and familiarize yourself with the DMAIC cycle for process improvement. DMAIC stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. Lean Six Sigma practitioners use the DMAIC method to optimize business processes and perform quality assurance.


Everblue Training: LEED AP Building Design and Construction

Monday May 5, 2014 - Wednesday December 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

LEED AP Building Design and Construction

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/leed-exam-prep/building-design-exam-prep

There are various areas, or specialties, to which LEED Green Associates can aspire after gaining relevant project experience. The most popular, LEED AP Building Design + Construction, is also the most similar to the material covered in the Green Associate course. Students will prepare to understand more intricate details in key green building areas including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. As an advanced accreditation, GBCI requires candidates to have relevant project experience in order to prepare for the more intensive subject matter detailed in this course. Overall, LEED AP BD+C focuses on the design, rather than the performance of a building, requiring an understanding of the energy optimization opportunities present in constructing new buildings


Introduction to PV System Design & Construction (NABCEP)

Monday May 12, 2014 - Friday May 16, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

This 40-hour workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts, tools, techniques and materials needed to design and construct both battery-based and grid-direct photovoltaic systems. The course will focus on the key competencies addressed in the NABCEP Entry level PV exam and will include the fee for the test. Participants will have up to 6 months to take the test at a Castle Worldwide testing company, at one of these locations: Apex, Boone, Cary, Charlotte, Cullowhee, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hudson, Morrisville, Raleigh, or Wilmington. Upon passing, you will receive the NABCEP Entry Level Certification. The NABCEP PV Entry Level Program is designed for individuals wanting to get into the solar field, and is a way to demonstrate achievement of a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.


Everblue Training: BPI Building Analyst Certification

Monday May 19, 2014 - Friday November 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte and Raleigh, NC Locations

BPI Building Analyst Certification

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/energy-auditor/bpi-building-analyst

This course is aligned with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professional standards for residential energy auditing. The BPI energy auditor training course prepares individuals to understand the various components of building science, including combustion safety, blower door testing, energy analysis, and home performance assessments. At successful completion of the course, students should have the knowledge to identify areas of improvement within a home, providing homeowners with the information necessary to reduce energy usage and costs.


Distributed Solar East - 2014

Wednesday May 21, 2014 - Thursday May 22, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Arlington, VA

Distributed Solar East - 2014


Community-based Landfill Gas Development Workshop

Friday May 30, 2014 - Saturday May 31, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

Landfill gas is a valuable energy resource for community-based economic development. The course will include information relevant to projects across the full spectrum of landfills  (large and small, open and closed) & specifically address the new requirements for owners/operators of sanitary landfills to conduct feasibility studies of landfill gas-to-energy that incorporate a community-based economic development aspect. This course will teach participants how to plan and implement a project that will maximize community and economic development benefits from the beneficial use of landfill gas. It will focus on the process and approaches through which community & economic development benefits may be obtained via creative development of landfill gas utilization projects


The Next Generation of Housing - CE for REALTORS

Friday May 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

High performance building, A.K.A energy efficient and green certified construction makes up over 40% of the building stock currently constructed in NC. These certified buildings combined with NC's recent energy code improvements is proof that the NC building market has transformed and the time is NOW to obtain updated training to develop an understanding of these rapidly evolving principles. The goal of this class is to help the real estate broker develop the skills they will need to confidently represent and sell structures that possess significant green features. This class will improve the students’ fundamental knowledge of the topic, highlight communication techniques to implement and provide information that will be useful in their day-to-day business affairs.


Everblue Training: Certified Sustainability Manager

Monday June 2, 2014 - Wednesday June 4, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

Certified Sustainability Manager

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/corporate-sustainability-manager-course

Everblue’s certified sustainability training gives you the opportunity to achieve a unique industry certificate, aptly named Certified Sustainability Manager. This certificate program demonstrates one’s competency in understanding how to define and implement an organization’s sustainability strategy. CSMs evaluate the costs and benefits of competing sustainability options.


Distributed Wind Energy Workshop

Saturday June 7, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site on Beech Mountain

Distributed wind energy is electricity that is produced for homes, farms, business, villages, communities, cabins and sailboats. If you've driven across Texas or Kansas, you've seen countless wind farms out there working hard, quietly making utility-scale energy. Distributed wind is different; this is wind power for the people, amongst the people. Distributed wind energy be very rewarding & enjoy energy security by creating your own electricity; hedge against rising energy costs; become more connected to weather patterns and the rhythm of the seasons; and interact with your community by hosting curious visitors wanting to learn more about your efforts in sustainability. If you are interested in making some wind power, join us for a fun and interactive workshop at Appalachian State, a world leader in distributed wind energy training, education, research and hands-on work. You will learn about a variety of distributed wind energy technologies, successful case studies, and how to choose a wind turbine system. This workshop will be held a mile high at Appalachian State University's Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site on windy Beech Mountain, North Carolina. There will be both classroom and "hands on" activities.


1-1/2 Day Photovoltaic System Fundamentals Workshop

Friday June 13, 2014 - Saturday June 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

This 1 1/2 day workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts, tools, materials and construction and engineering techniques needed to design and construct systems that convert solar resources into electricity with photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Participants will learn how to assess the solar resources available at a particular site and how to use that information to estimate the energy production and economics of a PV system. Participants will learn how to design and construct safe and reliable code compliant photovoltaic systems. The workshop will address contemporary trends, products and policies and incentives. It will include lectures and power point presentations, site assessment and system design and construction activities, computer modeling, and exploration of numerous systems we have set up around the Department of Technology & Environmental Design at Appalachian State University.


American Solar Energy Society 43rd annual National Solar Conference

Sunday July 6, 2014 - Thursday July 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM | San Francisco, CA

American Solar Energy Society 43rd annual National Solar Conference

 

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the nation's leading association of solar professionals and advocates focused on technological innovation, will hold their annual conference, Solar 2014, in conjunction with the seventh annual Intersolar North America in San Francisco this July.


1-1/2 Day Solar Thermal Water Heating Fundamentals Workshop

Friday July 11, 2014 - Saturday July 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

Solar thermal is an attractive solar technology that can offset a significant fraction of cost and carbon emissions associated with domestic hot water production and space heating. The workshop will cover all aspects of residential solar water heating, including system design, sizing, component selection, installation, and performance verification. Participants will learn about the typical costs, economics, and maintenance involved with a solar thermal system. The workshop will include some hands-on components and systems on campus will be available for demonstration. Freely-available software will be shown. Content closely aligns with the NABCEP Solar Thermal objectives.


Regulatory Financial Updates for Renewable Energy in North Carolina

Friday August 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

North Carolina has rapidly emerged as a national leader in the growth of installed renewable energy capacity during the past five years. Accompanying this growth is an increasingly robust collection of Utility Commission rulings, clarifications on the particulars of financial and tax incentives, an expanding marketplace for non-power assets derived from renewable energy projects, and an ever-more complex decision-making environment for potential project developers or owners. This workshop will provide attorneys, accountants, project developers, and other interested stakeholders with an introduction to these regulatory and legal precedents including a review of recent decisions at the federal and state level affecting renewable energy projects, a basic understanding of the nuances regarding financial and tax incentives, an overview of pending and developing issues (e.g., environmental policy, REC markets, energy markets, etc.), and insight into how these emerging trends may affect project value and risk into the future.


Solar Thermal Water Heating Workshop

Friday September 5, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

Solar thermal is an attractive solar technology that can offset a significant fraction of cost and carbon emissions associated with domestic hot water production and space heating. The workshop will cover all aspects of residential solar water heating, including system design, sizing, component selection, installation, and performance verification. Participants will learn about the typical costs, economics and maintenance involved with a solar thermal system. A tour of a campus system is included. Content closely aligns with the NABCEP Solar Thermal objectives.


Green Guidelines & Certifications for Homes

Friday September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

This day long workshop will explore the various green building certification programs and standards. It will focus on the planning and design of high performance homes, the process to obtain certification, and feature a guided tour of a completed green building highlighting applications and strategies. The workshop will address the following rating systems: ENERGY STAR v3, LEED for Homes, NAHB Green, and Green Built NC (formerly known as NC Healthy Built Homes), and Passive House. Participants will gain essential knowledge of the value of these certifications, including credit intents, key design elements, financial advantages, barriers and how to overcome them, and current events and trends in the residential industry.


Everblue Training: LEED Project Experience

Monday September 22, 2014 - Tuesday September 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

LEED Project Experience

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/leed-project-experience-online

Gain LEED project experience and learn how to use LEED Online! This course will explore project requirements in greater depth and introduce students to LEED Online. During this class, students will learn how to manage the LEED project process. This includes project demonstration requirements, project calculations, and software tools. Students will also learn how to register a LEED project and submit LEED credits. This course was designed to keep students actively engaged while participating in real life experiences on a LEED-registered project.


Microhydro System Design & Installation

Friday September 26, 2014 - Saturday September 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

This 1-1/2 day workshop will cover the basics of small scale hydro power with a field trip to local microhydro installation. Participants will learn about: site assessment techniques including the measurement of head and flow; system design; types of turbines and their associated performance and cost; system components such as the intake, penstock and balance of system; maintenance and troubleshooting; and case studies. Please join us for two days packed with information and site visits for hands on demonstrations.


Everblue Training: Solar PV Installer

Monday September 29, 2014 - Friday October 3, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/renewable-energy-training/solar-training-courses/solar-pv-design-installation

Everblue offers an advanced 40-hour Solar PV Installer course, which includes hands-on solar PV installation as well as system maintenance and troubleshooting techniques. This course will provide individuals with the knowledge to assemble solar panels, a key concept to enter the solar industry. Everblue's Solar PV Installer class covers advanced electrical and mechanical integration of solar PV modules, racks and components. We want to help you build upon your renewable energy credentials and help meet the growing demand for solar installation experts!


Building Energy Efficiency & Indoor Environmental Quality

Friday October 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Appalachian State University Campus

As building envelopes have become tighter to improve energy efficiency and meet the changes required by the new NC Building Code, it is important to understand the relationship between energy efficiency measures and indoor environment quality (IEQ). Potential impacts on IEQ depend upon several factors including contaminant generation and ventilation rates, construction methods, building pressure differences and airflow patterns. This workshop will cover an integrated approach to building performance that addresses these inter-related issues. Participants will learn how to evaluate and address factors that can lead to common IEQ problems. Demonstrations will include blower door diagnostics and infrared thermography for quantifying air leakage and identifying heat transfer pathways, and air sampling methods and interpretation of results for evaluating building performance and IEQ. The focus of the workshop is operational issues after design and construction are completed, and Susan will be sharing results from her PhD thesis - Determination of Limiting Conditions for Fungal Growth in the Built Environment.


The Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo

Wednesday October 22, 2014 - Friday October 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM | Raleigh Convention Center

The Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo


Everblue Training: Certified Sustainability Manager

Monday November 3, 2014 - Wednesday November 5, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Charlotte, NC

Certified Sustainability Manager

https://www.everblue.edu/affiliate/NC_SEA/corporate-sustainability-manager-course

Everblue’s certified sustainability training gives you the opportunity to achieve a unique industry certificate, aptly named Certified Sustainability Manager. This certificate program demonstrates one’s competency in understanding how to define and implement an organization’s sustainability strategy. CSMs evaluate the costs and benefits of competing sustainability options.

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