Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger

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EnergyLogic is proud to announce some exciting changes to our team! Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger.

Q&A: Learn more about Steve, his comprehensive background, and credentials!

What was your first job in the residential construction industry?

I’ve been involved in construction most of my life. I started as a painter/faux finisher around 30 years ago. I moved on to handyman work and eventually became a General Contractor around 2003.

How and when did you first become interested in high-performance homes and energy efficiency?

I’ve always been interested in environmental construction and design. I built the one and only Compressed Earth Block home in Denver and currently live there. It’s imperative that the construction industry realizes the impact it has on this planet and its inhabitants and take steps to move toward more efficient, cleaner and safer homes.

What insights did you gain in your time working as a general contractor?

Contractors can change the way we build homes and by making that change we can create longer- lasting, more comfortable, better performing homes. We often are focused on the bottom line when we should step back and look at the big picture. Success comes when we meet a triple bottom line -Economic Value, Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility. This is what drove me as a G.C. and eventually what lead me to work at Energylogic.

You’ve been with EnergyLogic since 2010 and have worked at a number of different roles.  What are some things you can share about your background in residential energy consulting?

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it and as soon as you know it you need to share it. This is a constantly evolving industry and as raters and builders, we have to stay informed. Codes and programs evolve over time. It’s our responsibility as energy consultants to keep our clients informed and be as pre-emptive as possible when change is coming. Nobody likes surprises!

What are some of the common design mistakes or misconceptions builders should watch out for?

Demand a detailed set of drawings from your architect and engineer before you start to build and make sure those drawing specify local codes and builder program details! Refresh your plan set to include updated codes or details that were missed originally so you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes. So many failures and re-inspections can be avoided by having a knee wall framing detail somewhere in your plan set, or air barrier detail drawn for double framed walls, or by making sure there’s room between the stairs and foundation wall to add insulation, etc. These details allow everyone to do their job better, from estimators to installers.

Little things do matter. Even though we don’t like to delay construction schedules over minor issues, small improvements on a national scale can make an impact. We call these things out to help you build a better product, not to be obstructive. The building code and national programs such as Energy Star and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes exist to help you build a better product and get to that triple bottom line. Embrace it and accept the future of construction!

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I’m not working you’ll find me hiking or camping with my wife and dog, but nothing too extreme. We like the quiet places.  Or maybe I’m down at the local brewery for a pint of cask-conditioned English ale.  Once a week you’ll find me at Zenko Kyudojo in Boulder, practicing Japanese archery.

 

RESNET HERS® Rater Online & Field Training December 5-8, 2016

$500 Discount for Online/Field Combo Students!

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Use coupon code december2016 for $500 off of the HERS Rater Training Combo

EnergyLogic Academy’s Referral Program Rewards – Tell ALL Your Friends!

We feel everyone should benefit from ‘word of mouth’ marketing, not just us! We make it worth your while by offering cash rewards through our referral program.

Earn up to $100 cash per referral

Let’s keep building this industry – together!

RESNET HERS® Rater Training Combo Package (Phase 1 & 2)

PHASE 1 – ONLINE & SELF-PACED 
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Phase 1 of the EnergyLogic Academy HERS Rater training is designed to allow participants to navigate through the knowledge base needed for a HERS Rater at the users own pace. The course prepares students for the extensive knowledge needed in building science, building materials, integrated construction processes, HVAC equipment, and diagnostic testing equipment and processes.

The HERS Rater Training online course covers the core knowledge for the HERS Rater certification. By enrolling in our self-paced, open enrollment course, you will have 90 days to complete the training. You can complete the training at your own pace, and you do not need to use the whole enrollment period if it is not needed. There are 24 modules in the course – each module will take a minimum of two hours to complete, with some taking over four hours.

PHASE 2 – FIELD TRAINING 
December 5-8, 2016
Denver, CO

Phase 2 is four days of field training designed to introduce the HERS Rater inspection processes and diagnostic testing. During the field training, we will complete two practice ratings according to the RESNET training standard. Practice ratings will be performed on an existing home and a new home.

This is an instructor-facilitated course. Students will have one-on-one instruction with the testing equipment. Much of the field work will be done in a group setting, where peer-to-peer interaction is used to complete the practice ratings.

 

INSTRUCTORS: 

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             Ben Graham

             RESNET® Instructor, Green Rater, Auditor

 

 

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          Steve Eagleburger 

          Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison

 

 

 

After completing the course, Rater candidates have two steps remaining before earning certification:

The candidate must pass three exams. The exam fees are not included in the price of tuition. These fees are paid directly to RESNET. For more information click on the RESNET Exams tab.

The candidate must join a provider and complete the probationary phase of certification. The provider ultimately issues the certification once the candidate completes the probationary phase.

A package you just can’t turn down!

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EnergyLogic’s “Game of Homes” Offers Edutainment-based Training Alternative, Professional Development to Home Performance Pros

 Game of Homes is proudly supported by Owens Corning®

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Owens Corning Sponsorship Gives Game a Boost with Real-world Products

Aug. 4, 2016, DENVER, Colo. – EnergyLogic announces Owens Corning as a flagship sponsor of Game of Homes, EnergyLogic’s new, free training platform for home performance professionals. Game of Homes takes a departure from traditional classroom and online training courses by applying gaming designs and concepts to learning scenarios that are interactive, engaging and entertaining. Home performance professionals – such as energy raters, remodelers, retrofitters and others involved in the process of improving the comfort, safety and energy efficiency of a home – gain valuable continuing education units (CEUs) they can apply toward industry certification programs such as the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

“Owens Corning’s collaboration with EnergyLogic brings additional depth to the resources and partnership we provide building professionals to help them stay at the top of their game,” said Todd Fister, vice president of strategic marketing, Insulation, Owens Corning. “This edutainment-driven approach to training represents a truly innovative and user-friendly solution to help these pros gain new knowledge and advance their home performance practices.”

According to Matt Thornberry, training and education manager for EnergyLogic, Game of Homes is geared to reach the approximately 35,000 home performance professionals in the U.S., as well as more than 100,000 home inspectors.

“Game of Homes offers users a fresh approach to the ‘death-by-PowerPoint’ training that plagues our industry,” Thornberry said. “We believe that excellent training is critical to the success of the building science industry – and a more sustainable world. But our industry is historically guilty of offering training based on boring presentations and lectures. That’s not how people learn. People learn by doing,” he added.

Game of Homes helps energy professionals become critical thinkers and make smarter decisions about ways to make homes efficient, safe, healthy and durable. Users are faced with complex choices they must make about the home’s systems – from ventilation systems to furnace equipment to insulation materials – that simulate a home’s performance. These scenarios are developed based on real-world situations that experienced professionals have encountered in the field. For example, one situation involves a serious mold condition; another is based on a career-threatening condition in the home of a vocal coach. The game features actual products the pros use – such as Owens Corning’s residential insulation products – to make for a realistic online experience.

Game of Homes taps into people’s natural desire for competition, achievement and community status, using leaderboards, achievements and social interaction as techniques to  deeply engage players as a community. Players can earn achievements through the accumulation of points awarded for correct decisions they make during the interactive scenarios and challenges. In addition, the system tracks points and issues professional development credits for various home energy certifications such as RESNET and BPI.

Users sign up for Game of Homes for free at www.playgameofhomes.com. The Game of Homes video is available online.

 

About Owens Corning             

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4 billion and employs about 16,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 62 consecutive years.

About EnergyLogic

EnergyLogic is a building consulting company that provides expert resources, education and support to new home builders and energy raters involved in the construction of high‐performance homes. Its products and services include an energy rating system, rater services, an enterprise software system and training. EnergyLogic also serves as a resource to other organizations that are influential in creating energy efficient housing across America, including industry associations, construction and building professionals, utility companies, government code officials, state energy offices and real estate professionals. More information may be found at www.nrglogic.com. Details about the company’s comprehensive training program is available at energylogicacademy.com.

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Media Contacts:

EnergyLogic:
Linda Lidov
303-358-6279

Owens Corning:
DeAnna Starn
419-248-5667

Marketing One-Oh…. Nice!

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EnergyLogic Academy Referral Program

At EnergyLogic Academy our most effective marketing has always been word of mouth. Our extensive trainings have provided the industry with ready-to-work graduates who are more prepared to enter the workforce than many others.  This is what our customer’s know. This is why they send their new recruits to us.

We asked ourselves a couple questions.  How can we make ‘word of mouth’ a marketing tactic for us? How can we reward those who send us new students and grow our business?

What we came up with is the EnergyLogic Academy Referral Program; a program which benefits everyone.  The referrer is rewarded as well as the referred.  Cash for the referrer and discounts for the referred are offered.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be sending out emails to our regular customers with their unique referral code. This code can be used on any training-online or live- and used by anyone!  We welcome you to visit our website for a full explanation and review our guidelines on this new program.

So thank you, word of mouth marketers! We wouldn’t be successful without you.

Feel free to call us with any questions at 888-997-5132. You can also visit our website for all the ins and outs of our referral program.

Thanks,

Matt Thornberry
Director of EnergyLogic Academy

RESNET® Pro Courses Now Available to Residential Building Industry

EnergyLogic Academy is now offering two new courses designed to educate residential home professionals the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS). The course will teach the workings of the Home Energy Rating Industry to ‘non-Raters’ who work with Raters in New Residential Building.  We are proud to introduce the RESNET HERS Advisor and HERS Designer courses. Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic, explains the purpose, the point, and the benefit of the classes.

HERS-AdvisorQ. What triggered the need for these classes, what do they accomplish?”

A. Over the years we’ve had professionals such as Architects, Engineers, Builders, Real Estate Agents and more recently, Code Officials take the full Rater Training to learn about RESNET and how HERS Raters work. It was time to offer something to them that was geared toward what they were looking for, and priced accordingly.”

Q. Why not take the full rater training? Wouldn’t that be more comprehensive?

A.  Well… for a person who wants to work in the field doing ratings, sure. But for a Code Official or an Architect, why spend that kind of time and money? In the past, they were compelled to take HERS Rater training in order to access the knowledge base and/or the software.  It is an exercise in frustration for these individuals as they know they are taking training that isn’t going to meet their ultimate objective. Now we offer an educational path that makes sense for their industry.  These courses address the true needs of those professionals, and we are a reliable and experienced source to offer that training.

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For a more in-depth look at the two courses, I interviewed Matt Thornberry,  Training & Education Manager for the EnergyLogic Academy, who is working with RESNET to develop these new designations, RESNET HERS Advisor and RESNET HERS Designer. Matt is also the author of the courses and oversees the students.

Q.  Who is a ‘HERS Advisor?’

A.  The HERS Advisor is a professional connected to the new residential building industry who understands and can advise others on RESNET’s HERS. HERS Raters are playing a larger role in the residential construction industry and are verifying compliance for the International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC). As the Rater’s role in the residential construction industry grows, so does the need for a wider understanding of their qualifications, process, inspections, computer modeling, and tools. A HERS Advisor holds that understanding and can apply it to their part of the home building process when needed.

Q.  Who is a HERS Designer?

HERS-DesignerA.  A HERS Designer has gone one step beyond the HERS Advisor training by learning the process of performing a from-plans rating just as HERS Raters do before a home is ever constructed to help guide decisions about designing the home. They have been trained on a step-by-step creation of a from-plans rating using REM/Rate.

Q.  Are these RESNET approved courses?

A.  RESNET is actively considering creating a “designation” for the HERS Advisor and Designer courses and ultimately, “certification” for the HERS Designer path.

Q. Do these courses offer CEU’s or designations from any governing body?

A. At this time, HERS Advisor has been approved for .50 continuing education units from ICC. HERS Designer has been submitted for approval recently. We’re exploring offering other professional development credits from AIA and other organizations as well. Currently there is no designation; however EnergyLogic is working to get both pathways recognized by RESNET as an official designation.

If you’re interested in learning more about EnergyLogic Academy’s RESNET HERS Advisor or Designer courses, you can visit them at the EnergyLogic Academy’s RESNET Pro page.