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Emerging Green economy: building and home efficiency careers and why they matter

Almost every industry has been affected by the emerging green economy. As public awareness broadens, the sector of building and home efficiency audits grows. Certified professionals inspect homes, offices, commercial and industrial buildings, and work with the owners to optimize the economic, energy and environmental performance of their buildings.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.Image by Avi, Avi Decorative Painting, Inc.

As more and more homeowners and employers gain interest in living healthier and greener lives, in saving costs, and in meeting recognized environmental standards, the growing demand for comprehensive premises efficiency inspection will continue to rise. This type of green occupation is accessible to individuals with varying degrees of skill and education in the building and construction sectors.

How to improve the energy, economic and environmental performance of buildings and homes?The auditors identify the building’s inefficiencies, health hazards, excess energy usage, and opportunities for money-saving retrofits.

Many problems in homes, offices, commercial, and industrial buildings are hidden. High amount of asbestos, mold in several places, exposed electrical wires, lack of or insufficient insulation, energy guzzling heating and cooling systems, rat or bug infestations are all contributing to an unhealthy and inefficient environment, not to mention, are unnecessarily costly.

The audit is the first step towards a more sustainable future. In commercial building, the comprehensive audit enables occupants to cut energy consumption and realize immediate cost savings across their portfolios while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the comfort and satisfaction of their workers. Homeowners can take further steps to correct the problems, and therefore save money, improve indoor comfort, and help heal the environment.

For example, some of the biggest contributors to energy inefficiency are linked to heating systems, cooling systems, water heating, and lighting. Problems may result in energy usage of 1.5 - 2 times more than is necessary to achieve comfort and convenience.           

To determine if this is the path you would like to take and to find out more information, free resources are available in the San Francisco Bay Area:     

Home performance testers of ecoProach of Sunnyvale, CA give lectures on residential audits.A free lecture on November 9th at the Cupertino Library in Cupertino on 10360 Torre Avenue from 7:00-8:00 PM. For further information about ecoProach's free GREEN lectures contact Will Chandler (408) 720-8727 or email: [email protected].

Acterra - [email protected] program - For someone who wants to learn more about this type of a Green Career, a great way is to join the [email protected] program. Acterra, a non-profit environmental organization in Palo Alto, CA, will train volunteers on how to perform preliminary inspections in residences.

Recycle Works - County of San Mateo - Runs a Taste & Talk workshops every other Thursday evening from 5 - 6:30 pm at the Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City (FREE and includes refreshments). The Taste and a Talk is a short bi-weekly educational and networking series on green building topics. Everyone, from architects to contractors to homeowners, is welcome to join and learn more on how to build quality, high-performance, safe and healthy homes.

The next two sessions are: 11/12 - Building a Zero Energy Home12/3 - Save Energy and Get Paid for It

For more details about the Taste & Talk workshops call Jeffery Liang at (650) 599-1485 or e-mail [email protected].~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  ~