Local builders complete professional development

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BRATTLEBORO — Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) announced that on Jan. 17, ten more area carpenters and builders completed the Basics of High Performance Building training class taught by Peter Yost, principal at Building-Wright. The class was hosted at the Windham Regional Career Center.

This course fills a recognized gap in the professional development of our area's workforce - the need for carpenters/builders trained in the principles and application of building science and high performance construction. With the emphasis on tighter homes, for comfort and energy efficiency, builders need to be knowledgeable about heat transfer, vapor diffusion, and how heat and moisture move around and through buildings.

If you're thinking of renovating your home, or building a new one, SEON says it is raising the bar in the local construction workforce. You can do your part by asking contractors about their training and experience in building science principles and their adherence to the Energy Code. By hiring builders that are keeping current with the state-of-art building practices, a message is being sent that homeowners value an educated carpenter and contractor workforce.

Through SEON's course offerings, there are now a total of 24 more carpenters/builders in Windham County that are versed in the basics of high performance building.

Completion of Basics of High Performance Building is one of the key requirements for SEON's Level 1 Certified High Performance Builder program. Additional training will be required along with job site learning. Training for those who want to enter the carpentry trade will begin in the fall.

SEON, a not-for-profit organization, is one of the only organizations state wide to offer high performance building education, training and certification.

To learn more about the Basics of High Performance Building class, visit seon.info/programs.

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