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How Can Solar Help with LEED Certification?

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Tue, 2014-04-15 12:14

Solar projects can provide a major contribution toward LEED certification. The primary LEED category pertaining to solar is the "Energy & Atmosphere" category, specifically EA Credit 2, the "On-Site Renewable Energy" credit. This credit can provide up to 7 possible LEED points. This could represent over 17% of the points required for certification, depending on which level of certification developers are seeking.

How to Get Value from a Lean Six Sigma Certification

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Thu, 2014-04-10 09:28

Most people who have heard about Six Sigma Certification are aware that its origin is somewhat unconventional. Unlike the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, which is governed by the Project Management Institute, Six Sigma has no standard certification body. Six Sigma was developed by a company — Motorola — and became famous as a successful business strategy at General Electric.

Everblue Refer-a-Friend Program

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Tue, 2014-04-08 14:02

There is nothing we pride ourselves on more than the satisfaction of our former students. Over the years, many of you have offered many compliments and positive remarks about the quality of our courses. We want to return the favor by offering you something in return. As our way of saying thanks, we'll be launching a Refer-a-Friend program, and it begins NOW!

LEED AP Exams to Cover LEED Online Material

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Thu, 2014-04-03 09:05

With the development of LEED Version 4, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has proposed a number of changes to the LEED exam process. One of the items that we're going to discuss today is the LEED project experience requirement.

When Does LEED Version 4 Come Out?

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Tue, 2014-04-01 08:51

You've heard that a new version of LEED was scheduled to launch in June 2014. The USGBC has now released a date.

The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 (also known as version 3) content will be June 15, 2014. The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014. No tests will be administered in between these dates.

Don't Get Hurt on the Job; Choose OSHA

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Wed, 2014-03-26 10:48

Happy Spring everyone! Here at Everblue, we are very excited to announce that this summer, there is an outstanding opportunity for a surge of new construction to boom throughout the country. This influx of productivity means more jobs for construction workers in all fields. However, more construction increases the likelihood of injury, and it is an unfortunate possibility that an injury in the workplace could be caused by poor handling of safety requirements. Thanks to the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), job-related injury and fatality numbers have dropped dramatically.

7 Ways Steel is Used in Everyday Life

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Thu, 2014-03-20 10:36

Many things are evident that we use everyday - things like water, oxygen and air. These are the elements we just can't live without.

But what about something "unsexy" like steel?

How many people would put lowly steel into the category of a critical component of our daily lives?

It's fascinating to look at the different ways steel is used in just about every aspect of our lives including:

Do Carbon Offsets Work?

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Tue, 2014-03-18 14:29

Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as yes or no. Whether or not the offsets you purchase actually decrease your greenhouse gas emissions depends on what you buy. There are schemes out there that simply take your money and never make a contribution toward carbon reduction projects. Other programs may only offset a portion of your emissions and pocket most of your contribution. These are the types of schemes that give carbon offsets a bad name.

Demand for Home Energy Ratings Soars

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Thu, 2014-03-13 11:01

In 2013, 70% more homes were energy rated in the U.S. and issued a HERS Index Score. There were 218,864 ratings conducted in 2013, compared to 128,000 in 2012.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented on this increase, “These numbers reflect that home energy ratings are fast becoming a mainstream in the U.S. housing market.

BPI Launches Home Rating Program

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Tue, 2014-03-11 10:31

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) recently announced the launch of a national rating program to provide customers with an affordable, easy to understand rating of their home that can be combined with a comprehensive home energy audit. The BPI Rating Program is now available in Florida, which last July recognized BPI as one of a select group of organizations authorized to provide a Building Energy-Efficiency Rating System (BERS) in the state. BPI's program begins in Florida and is expected to be fully operational nationwide by mid-2014.

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