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Building Designer Updates – January 5, 2015

 

 

Happy 2015

 

 

An online CPBD exam prep-class and NCBDC updates. FT@2 Logo SMALL

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Paul Cole, a CPBD in South Carolina, successfully completed the NCBDC Train-the-Trainer program and he will be presenting the sanctioned “CPBD Exams” presentation as the January First Tuesday @ 2:00 (p.m. ET). Join our country’s only approved NCBDC trainer as he guides us through the daunting series of Certified Professional Building Designer tests.

Already certified? Attend and consider becoming and approved trainer yourself.
Not certified? Paul will help you prepare more efficiently for each of the ten tests.

There are big changes for the CPBD Exams on the horizon. Attend the First Tuesday @ 2:00 and learn first-hand how becoming certified will be faster and more convenient in 2015.

CLICK HERE to register.

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Michigan Senate approves on-bill financing programs for energy-efficiency improvements in residential projects.

Source:  Industry News

In a show of full bi-partisan support for a no regrets energy policy, the Michigan Senate voted unanimously to allow Michigan municipal and coop owned utilities to offer on-bill financing programs to customers for installation of energy efficiency improvements in residential projects.

Outgoing House Appropriations Chair Representative Joe Haveman (R- Holland) introduced this bill in May of this year at the request of the City of Holland wanting to provide such financing products to their customers as part of their comprehensive community energy plan.

The Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA) also provided unanimous support from its members for HB5397 – The Municipal Utility Residential Clean Energy Program Act.

Upon hearing of the vote, MEECA’s president Brad Bartholomew stated,  “I am very pleased to see Michigan’s legislators rise above partisanship and vote unanimously for this no regrets energy policy.”  He further strongly encourages Governor Snyder to sign this legislation without delay.

MEECA’s executive director, Brindley Byrd testified before the Senate Energy & Technology Committee on September 16, 2014 citing two specific reasons MEECA supports this legislation:

Assurances of savings are made via compliance with nationally recognized auditing standards.  This is done via the definition of a Home Energy Audit, which is the first step a homeowner takes when determining what energy efficiency improvements to install.

The debt from loans provided by an on-bill financing program are associated with the property/meter, not the individual.  This will unlock energy efficiency gains and closes the split-incentive of non-owner occupied properties.

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KBIS releases mobile app for Vegas trade show.

Source: Industry News

The official mobile app for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), held January 20-22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is now available. This app is a must have for all showgoers.

“The KBIS app is an extremely beneficial tool to have for not only the show, but for all of Design and Construction Week,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen & Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “The app allows exhibitors and attendees to connect, stay informed and up-to-date throughout the week.”

Designed for convenience, the KBIS 2015 Mobile app puts all of the show information in the palm of your hands. Learn information about exhibitors, schedule conferences, special events and use the map to find your way to must see exhibitors. Best of KBIS Voting is also accessible through the app. The iPhone, iPad and Android native app offers advanced features that allow you to create favorites lists, plan your agenda, take notes, get directions and more.

Download this app.

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More events ahead.

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