The Education committee oversees HBRANV educational programs, including seminars for both builder and associate members.  The committee produces a variety of informative seminars.  HBRANV members are eligible to sponsor and present a seminar about their products and services.
 
Education News
 
HBRANV also offers courses from building science and code training to construction. The HBRANV offers dozens of hours of professional education each year. For a list of upcoming courses, see our event calendar.
 
The Committee is also the working Committee for the Better Homes Award Program
 
        Assist in setting judging criteria
        Assist in developing award categories
        Provides support to HBRANV Staff on logistics
 
Oversees the Scholarship Program's Criteria, Nomination and Awards
 
Recently the Education Committee has identified the need to attract young professionals to consider the trades as a viable career path.  Program development is underway; members are encouraged to contact the committee with ideas to support the development of expanding the workforce.
 
Committee members meet monthly to develop and implement educational programming that will benefit HBA members.

News- June 2016
 
Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting it Right.
 
The Vermont Green Home Alliance, through its member associations, is distributing Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right to building design professionals, builders, home performance contractors, appraisers, lenders, and real estate agents.

We want all to have an opportunity to prepare for the increasing level of high performance new home construction and existing home energy efficiency improvement happening in Vermont.
 
Developed by the Appraisal Institute and Building Codes Assistance Project (and since endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders), this short piece explains to real estate professionals and lenders why the appraisal of high performance homes is a complex appraisal assignment and, for Architects, builders, and home performance contractors, how to proactively prepare customers for loan applications and appraisals.
 
The Vermont Green Home Alliance is an informal alliance of collaborating trade organizations and businesses that operates on a consensus basis. We are working to educate real estate professionals about energy issues and to share accurate energy efficiency and green building information with the real estate market through the multiple listing service (MLS).
 
The market is moving to high performance. Will you be able to serve that rapidly growing market?

Vermont Green Home Alliance

  • Association of Vermont Credit Unions
  • Building for Social Responsibility
  • Building Performance Professionals Association of Vermont
  • Efficiency Vermont
  • Energy Futures Group
  • Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont
  • New England Real Estate Network
  • Passive House Alliance - Vermont Chapter               
  • Vermont Association of Professional Home Inspectors
  • Vermont Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Vermont Green Building Network
  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Vermont Realtors®
  • VSECU
 

HBRANV Education Committee News- May 2015
 
Did you know that when Act 89 became effective on July 1, 2013, it included new requirements to promote compliance with Vermont's Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES - our energy code)?
 
For example, towns that issue any type of Certificate of Occupancy must now receive an RBES Compliance Certificate or Owner/Builder Disclosure Statement prior to issuing the Certificate of Occupancy.
 
Increased calls to the Energy Code Assistance Center have been noted as home sales have snagged where builders have neglected to either self-certify compliance with RBES, or to contract with a licensed professional engineer, a licensed architect, or an accredited Home Energy Rating organization to issue certification.
 
Efficiency Vermont provides Home Energy Ratings (at no cost) which can be used to document the performance requirements of code compliance through their Residential New Construction service.