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Growing a High Performance Home Network

Three decades later, EEBA’s network of knowledgeable building professionals is helping move the needle on energy efficiency.
Growing a High Performance Home Network

In 1982, the average sales price of a new home in the U.S. was $83,817 (U.S. Census Bureau), gas was $1.22/gallon, the Commodore 64 was released, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller made its debut.

In the same year, the Energy Efficient Building Association was formed an hour outside of Minneapolis in the little-known city of Pine Island, Minnesota. The founding members of EEBA consisted of a small group of building professionals representing the U.S., Canada, and Sweden who all held similar ideals for developing higher standards for energy efficient buildings.

Through the years, as environmental initiatives grew in the U.S., so did EEBA’s goals. Taking into consideration the strong partnerships they had formed, as well as a commitment to sustainable building practices, the Energy Efficient Building Association updated their name to the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance in 2008.

Now, over 35 years later, EEBA has built a network of educational and technical partners that continue to help push high performance, and energy efficient homes, forward. The free educational resources offered by EEBA partners are available on the website - many of which are climate-specific.

Don’t forget to take a look at the speaker lineup and register for this year’s High Performance Home Summit taking place in San Diego in October.

Serving Energy Efficiency Education to Those Who Have Served

EEBA offers eligible Veterans a scholarship to attend any of their energy efficiency educational trainings.
Serving Energy Efficiency Education to Those Who Have Served

More than 200,000 U.S. service members return to civilian life each year.1 EEBA is a supporter of our Veterans and encourages their participation in moving the home performance sector forward. If you are a Veteran working in the construction industry, EEBA may be able to offer a scholarship for one of our upcoming energy efficiency education sessions.

The Houses That Work educational program is based on Department of Energy Building America research and consists of seven different modules ranging from Indoor Air Quality to Water Management and High Performance Mechanical Systems.

In addition, our new course, “The HERS Associate & Taking the Performance Path,” provides an introduction to RESNET and the HERS Index and relates the principles of building science as they apply to HERS.

“The many training opportunities we provide across the country each year offer a variety of curriculum, and the training is always customized for the climate and building practices of each location,” says EEBA Executive Director, Nancy Bakeman. “Whether you are new to the building industry, or have years of experience, we come to you with the most up-to-date, cutting-edge content to help you build better, more comfortable, more durable, and more efficient homes.”

Thousands of building professionals have benefitted from Houses That Work classes and have gained a better understanding of the “house-as-a-system” approach. Extensive climate-specific content is provided during the sessions including measurement tools, design concepts, application demonstrations and case studies.

And how is this program different from other programs offering energy efficiency education? Partnerships. EEBA brings together the knowledge from manufacturers, building science experts, and tradespeople to create practical solutions.

If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity for Veterans, email us at info@eeba.org.

 

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EEBA Named a Leading Industry Association

EEBA was recently recognized as a leading Industry Association for their commitment to high performance home education.
EEBA Named a Leading Industry Association

Green Builder Media, the leading media company in the North American residential building industry focused exclusively on green building and responsible growth, recently included EEBA as one of the nation’s leading Industry Associations. Featured in the May/June 2018 issue, EEBA is lauded for its “comprehensive and practical programs” offered at both their annual High Performance Home Summit, and various educational training held throughout the year around the country.

One of those programs is the HERS Associate training course which has already been well-attended in Atlanta, Raleigh, and Denver earlier in the year. The next HERS Associate training courses will be held in Dallas on August 7th, Boston on September 25th, and Baltimore, MD on September 26, 2018. For more information on the time and location, or to sign-up, email info@eeba.org.

In the article, Gene Myers, CEO of Thrive Home Builders in Denver, explains how his company has “benefitted from EEBA regional training events, the EEBA Summit and the ability to network with like-minded builders and manufacturers, as well as with experts from the DOE and EPA.”

In Milwaukee, Tim O’Brien Homes will be utilizing the knowledge they’ve obtained from the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program in Wisconsin’s first net-zero-energy community. “We were first introduced to the ZERH program at the EEBA summit in St. Louis,” says Craig North, VP of Construction.

Read the full article from Green Builder®  magazine beginning on digital page 22 and join us at this year’s EEBA High Performance Home Summit in San Diego October 16-18.