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Workshop series on renewable energy, building efficiency begins in April at Appalachian

BOONE—A series of workshops focusing on renewable energy, building efficiency, energy savings, green home certifications and the state energy code will begin in April at Appalachian State University.

The series is offered by the Appalachian Energy Center. Some of the workshops have full scholarships available for qualified individuals through the High Country Workforce Development Board through June 30.

In many cases the workshops can be used by licensed professionals to earn continuing education or professional development credits in their field. They include: The American Institute of Architects, Building Performance Institute Inc., N.C. State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors, North Carolina Real Estate Commission and the North Carolina Appraisal Board.

The first workshop in the series is titled Energy Efficiency and Green Building for Appraisers and will be held April 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $270. The workshop will provide timely, accurate, and detailed information on certified energy efficient and green built structures to N.C. real estate appraisers.

Other upcoming workshops in the series include:

  • April 19, The 2012 North Carolina Energy Code Training
  • May 3, Energy Efficiency and Green Building for REALTORS
  • May 4, Small Wind Power Systems
  • May 17, Building Energy Efficiency & Indoor Environmental Quality
  • May 18, Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (NEC)
  • May 20, Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction

Additional workshops in June through September will address Distributed Wind Energy, Understanding Electricity Rates to Maximize Energy Savings, Green Guidelines & Certifications for Homes, Solar Thermal Water Heating, Returning to a Common Sense Architecture and others.

Workshop prices range from $150 to $1,250.

For more information about the series, visit http://energy.appstate.edu/programs/workshops or contact Janet Miller, workshop coordinator, at 828-262-8913 or millerjm1@appstate.edu.

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