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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


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.


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


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.


BPI Building Analyst

Monday August 11, 2014 - Friday August 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | 1575 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

COURSE HOURS COUNT TOWARD: Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 40 American Institute of Architects (AIA)- 40 Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)- 40 BPI BA And ES Dual Certification- 40 NCSU Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma- 40 This course is brought to you jointly by the Center and Everblue. It is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This 5 day course (+ field exam) includes technical theory in the classroom, an assessment exam, and field training. The Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope Professional course will teach you basic principles of building science to assess energy efficiency in a home while also monitoring conditions that have a direct impact on human health and safety. The course will end with you earning your BPI Certification. BPI Standards emphasize the "˜house-as-a-system" approach to inspecting a home, meaning that all systems are interconnected, from the HVAC equipment, to the envelope, the foundation, walls, roof, doors and windows. You will learn how to use diagnostic equipment such as the blower door and the combustion analyzer to ensure systems are functioning together correctly to maximize home performance, comfort, energy efficiency, safety and durability.


Sustainability Business Tools for the Workplace

Tuesday August 12, 2014 - Thursday September 4, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | 50 College Road NE, Bolivia, NC

This course is designed to help businesses identify: money saving sustainability frameworks, policies, funding sources, and tax incentives. There will also be guest speakers on financial incentives and business best practices.


LEED Green Associate - Exam Preparation (2 day)

Monday August 18, 2014 - Tuesday August 19, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | 1575 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

COURSE HOURS COUNT TOWARD: Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 0.8 American Institute of Architects LU’s(AIA)-8 This 2 day LEED GA Exam Prep course is brought to you jointly by the NC Solar Center and Everblue. The LEED Green Associate credential is intended for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations, the fundamentals of green building practices, from construction site selection, to water efficiency, to energy conservation and material resources. The LEED Green Associate designation provides a general understanding of LEED concepts and sustainable building practices, and is the first course that anyone new to LEED should take. Learn proven strategies for taking and passing the GA Exam (over 90% pass rate!) Identify the key components of the LEED Rating Systems Understand the LEED Certification application process Familiarize you with successful LEED and green building strategies Obtain certificate of completion from a USGBC Accredited training provider


Creating a Sustainable Landscaping Habitat

Tuesday August 19, 2014 - Thursday September 25, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Brunswick Community College Leland Center

The course will address understanding the role of soil and how to condition it. The effects of chemicals and invasive plants on the ecosystem, using native plants and encouraging pollinators. The goal of the class is to equip the participants with the knowledge necessary to create a natural habitat that meets the Cape Fear Audubon Society guidelines for the Audubon Bird Friendly Award. The skill sets obtained in this class are applicable to: commercial growers, nurseries, grounds crews, and groundskeepers for golf courses, institutions and resorts.


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.


Duke University: Energy Mix

Thursday August 28, 2014 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Energy Hub (Gross Hall atrium)

Duke University: Energy Mix


Money Saving Energy Auditing Tools for Facility Operators

Friday August 29, 2014 - Friday September 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Brunswick Community College Leland Center

This course is designed for maintenance technicians and/or building operators of large facilities. Areas include: 1) scope and challenges associated with maintaining an energy efficient building, 2) building science, 3) building shells, 4) heating and cooling, 5) energy usage, and 6) energy auditing. It will have an in-depth, hands-on to planning, conducting, documenting and evaluating energy audits in an industrial setting. This class will also have guest speakers from Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, and CEU training for Engineers and Architects from Control Management Inc. 8/29/2014 9/26/2014 9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. F $127.50


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.


Sustainable Winemaking

Friday September 5, 2014 - Friday October 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM | 50 College Road NE, Bolivia, NC

This course will overview the skills necessary in sustainable wine making practices, according to the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook. During the course we will cover sustainable business strategy, viticulture, soil management, water management, pest management, wine quality, ecosystem management, energy efficiency, materials handling, and environmentally preferable purchasing. While covering the above material you will learn the process of making your own wine from sustainably grown grapes during a six week hands on winemaking course.


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.


REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaics

Monday September 15, 2014 - Friday September 19, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM | 3741 Thistledown Drive, Raleigh, NC

This course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. In addition, REPV is an IREC ISPQ accredited entry level PV course offering the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and is based on NABCEP's Job Task Analysis for PV installers. The classroom lectures of the REPV workshop are dedicated to the technical aspect of photovoltaics, including system types, components, applications, design and best practices for installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. A hands-on day installing a fully integrated grid-tied PV system pulls together the classroom knowledge and rounds out the five-day workshop. An optional NABCEP Entry-Level Exam is offered at the conclusion of the course. Please note this is not NABCEP certification, it is simply an indicator of knowledge gained at the Entry Level and a differentiator to a potential employer. You must meet additional experiential requirements to sit for the NABCEP Certification exam. This training counts toward the entry level educational requirement (other requirements needed) on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV installer. Details here


National Drive Electric Week North Hills Event

Wednesday September 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | North Hills Shopping Center, Raleigh, NC

A vehicle showcase and test drive will be held at North Hills Commons on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in celebration of National Drive Electric Week. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about electric vehicles, take a look at the cars and go on test drives. Additional booths will be set up by local organizations to provide information on electric vehicles and the efforts taking place across the state to help increase vehicle adoption. People of all ages are encouraged to attend the event, but you must have a valid driver's license to test drive a vehicle.


Solar PV NABCEP Entry Level Exam Prep

Saturday September 20, 2014 - Saturday November 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM | Brunswick Community College Leland Center

This course provides instruction on the fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaic systems. Students will learn design criteria, installation, safety issues, and maintenance of photovoltaic systems, construction skills, and applied math skills. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base for an entry level position with a dealer/installer Solar Photovoltaic industry. This class also includes the OSHA 10 hour pocket card training and prepares the student to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar PV Entry Level Exams.


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.


REST: Renewable Energy Generation with Solar Thermal Systems

Monday October 13, 2014 - Friday October 17, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM | 3741 Thistledown Dr., Raleigh, NC

This course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This five- day workshop on Solar Thermal technology focuses on domestic solar hot water systems, but will discuss the various applications of solar thermal technology. You will learn how to site a system based on solar fundamentals and how to size a system based on thermal load analysis. You will explore system components, types, and designs as well as best practices regarding installation, maintenance and troubleshooting. A hands-on installation of both a fully-operational drainback and a pressurized glycol system will cap the week. An optional NABCEP Solar Heating (SH) Entry Level Exam is offered. Please note this is not NABCEP certification, it is simply an indicator of knowledge gained at the Entry Level and a differentiator to a potential employer. You must meet additional experiential requirements to sit for the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification Exam. This course counts toward the educational requirement (other requirements needed) on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified Solar Heating installer. Details Here.


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


ONLINE REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with PV Systems

Tuesday October 28, 2014 - Thursday December 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM | ONLINE

This 6-week online class is the REPV online equivalent without the hands-on installation day. This is a 6 week, 40 hour, photovoltaic workshop under the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This course gives participants the flexibility to take courses online either through the 2 weekly scheduled live sessions or the 2 weekly recorded lectures. Live online classes will take place twice a week, 2.5 hours each session. These live lectures take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00AM-12:30PM. Those who cannot attend the live lectures can watch the recorded versions. Online REPV is dedicated to the technical aspect of photovoltaics, including solar fundamentals and proper system siting, electrical load analysis and system sizing, system types, components , applications, wiring and best practices with respect to installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. This course covers all topics included in the NABCEP Job Task Analysis. Supplemental readings and assignment submittals are required in addition to the lectures. Multiple choice quizzes with a total of 150 questions covering lecture content and supplementary reading content are an additional requirement for successful course completion. Quizzes must be passed by 70% or better. An optional NABCEP Entry-Level Exam is offered after successful completion of the course.


DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS - THE AMERICAS

Wednesday October 29, 2014 - Friday October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM | The Westin Charlotte

DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS OF THE AMERICAS is a three-day international business conference, designed to help North Carolina and other U.S. businesses take advantage of established and emerging U.S. export opportunities. Participants will secure up-to-date market intelligence and assistance developing practical strategies for exporting goods and services to fourteen (14) Western Hemisphere markets. A special focus of DGM 2014 is a pre-screened Energy Sector Buying Delegation from Mexico will be there, including buyers in the Renewable Energy sector! Perhaps no market offers as much potential for future U.S. Renewable Energy exports as Mexico. U.S. companies are encouraged to develop contacts in Mexico and position themselves now, to be ready when new Renewable Energy investments begin to materialize. Complimentary one-on-one meetings with all the commercial diplomats and the Mexican buyers are part of the program. Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the District Export Council for DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS OF THE AMERICAS.


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.


NC Building Performance Conference

Tuesday November 4, 2014 - Friday November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM | Asheville, NC

NC Building Performance Conference


North Carolina Building Performance Conference

Tuesday November 4, 2014 - Friday November 7, 2014 | 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM | Asheville, NC
The North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) is proud to announce that it will be hosting North Carolina's first ever building performance conference November 4 - 7 in Asheville, NC.
 
The conference will bring together the state's residential energy efficiency community and guests for training workshops, volunteer projects, social activities, vendor exhibits and much more.

One Day Hands-On PV Lab

Friday December 5, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM | 1201 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC

This one-day class is for those who have taken a 40 hour entry-level PV course on the basics of design and installation of PV systems (REPV). The workshop begins with an overview of safety, system components, system design, and solar fundamentals. During the course of the workshop you will be filling out "balance-of-system" worksheets to ensure you understand sound PV system design practices. You will also be installing a live, grid-tied PV system, from mounting the modules, to wiring the inverter, and finally, to commissioning the system.

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