SEON offers certification forHigh Performance Builder

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BRATTLEBORO — Beginning October 3 and running through March 2020, The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) and the Windham Regional Career Center will deliver late afternoon and evening training designed to assist working age adults enter the career as a Level I High Performance Builder.

This is the initial phase of an industry recognized credential plus SEON's High Performance Certification. Through financial support from the Windham Regional Career Center, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, and the Windham County Economic Development Program, SEON is now able to deliver this training program to those who want to enter the expanding career as a High Performance Builder.

This is the first certification program of its kind in Vermont for the carpentry industry and is endorsed by the Vermont Homebuilders and Remodelers Association and Vermont Passive House. It not only focuses on basic construction, but the application of the higher order skills of energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, health and safety. The program will encompass classroom learning, hands on learning in a lab, and job-site learning (apprenticeship style learning). It prepares carpenters and builders to build the next generation of homes.

SEON says its training program is designed to address significant problems in the residential building industry:

- Nationwide our building stock is deteriorating

- Standard methods of construction employed in the industry are deficient in high performance/energy efficient/energy conscious strategies.

- Architects, engineers, building codes, research in building science, and more knowledgeable customers are demanding more of practioners, yet the knowledge base within the construction industry is lacking.

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- Opportunities to advance learning in high performance/building science construction for incumbent carpenters and those entering the trade inclusive of certification are severely limited

- A high percentage of building failures occur because of poor installation/building strategies often due to a lack of knowledge.

- Vermont data shows carpenters are the most in demand job in the state over the next 10 years

- Construction contractors are feeling the pressure of a heavy workload, and are in need of young workers with the skill, knowledge, and New England work ethic required to build the next generation of buildings.

For information about the training visit SEON's website at www.seon.info/hpb-overview/, or contact Guy Payne at guy@seon.info, 802-376-9262. Registration will be through Drew McDowell of the Windham Regional Career Center; dmcdowell@wsesu.org or 802-451-3965. Additional information can be found on Windham Career Connections: https://www.windhamcareerconnections.com/blog/2019/07/23/building-a-21st-

century-workforce-in-the-

construction-trades/.


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