Special Opportunity for Design Professionals
The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. As more individuals decide to go solar, a new national solar training course is helping designers grab their market share of this new technology and add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Design professionals play a crucial role in the decision since they are in the unique position of educating building owners, appraisers and code officials as part of every project. In partnership with AIA and ASHRAE, the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are offering solar training for design professionals in 22 metropolitan areas across the United States. LU/HSW are provided.
The training is specially designed to educate architects and engineers on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into their design plans, how to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering solar PV to the clients, how to speak with clients about the benefits of solar PV, and where to find information on the financial incentives available for solar PV.
Solar PV systems provide many benefits. Solar can increase property value and significantly reduce a building’s operating costs over its lifetime.
- Basic solar technical information
- Policy and community benefits
- Building and structural design considerations
- Current state of the PV market
- Role of design professionals
These trainings are funded by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, which aims to make solar electricity competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade.
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Maureen Guttman, AIA is the President of the Building Codes Assistance Project. A former president of both AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Pennsylvania, Maureen has been involved in the development, adoption and training on building codes for over 20 years. She is the current chairman of the ICC’s Sustainability Membership Council, which includes architects, engineers, code officials and product manufacturers.
Don Hughes is the Center for Sustainable Energy‘s codes and standards specialist for solar PV. He provides technical assistance to code officials and solar contractors nationwide. Hughes helped to develop the California Solar Permitting Guidebook, a resource for local governments and permitting agencies to facilitate and streamline the installation of small solar energy systems.
This page was last modified on: February 2, 2017