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According to BPCA’s Lloyd Hamilton, this marks an excellent opportunity for New York hvacr contractors to add another service to their business. Previously, “We had fewer than 20 Energy Star homes in New York, and this year we should have over 500,” he said. “This is not well-publicized and we are tasked to get more contractors involved.”
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is also cosponsoring the certification training.
According to the BPCA, rating Energy Star homes can benefit contractors if they want to:
Hamilton added that New York is on a course to put energy, fire, and building codes under the auspices of the Secretary of State. With this change, New York would “vault into the forefront” of states requiring tougher, new energy codes, he noted. The HERS rating will be used to certify homes under the new energy code.
“The main benefit is to sell higher-performance systems in new construction,” said Hamilton. “The raters will be able to justify their services to the builders who want to sell Energy Star homes.”
The certification training teaches:
For more information, e-mail Lloyd Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the BPCA website, www.home-performance.org.
Publication date: 07/30/2001