As interest in energy efficiency continues to grow as homeowners and businesses look for ways to control rising energy costs, Ecotech Institute has begun providing students in its Energy Efficiency degree program the opportunity to earn Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. BPI sets the national standards for energy efficiency retrofits and professional credentials. Many state-run energy efficiency and weatherization programs require BPI certifications.
"As more people seek ways to improve their energy efficiency, individuals with deep knowledge in renewable energy systems are becoming a valuable asset in businesses," said Tiffany Burton, program director for Ecotech's Energy Efficiency program. "Ecotech has asked employers what skills they desire in employees and we often hear that people with BPI Certification is key; that's why our curriculum now includes that critical designation."
Starting in 2014, Ecotech Institute Energy Efficiency students will also be able to use a new on-site energy efficiency lab that will help prepare students for BPI certification.
"Our new lab will once again set Ecotech apart from other institutions that don't specialize in renewable energy and energy efficiency education," added Burton. "Having this equipment on campus will be a terrific asset for our students."