Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology (BEST) Certificate Program, Building Energy Working Training (BEWT) Certificate Program for College Graduates
 

Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology (BEST)

Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology (BEST) Certificate Program

The BEST program prepares students for new “green-collar jobs” in sustainable building, energy efficiency auditing, and renewable energy. The marketplace for “green jobs” is expanding exponentially as states, municipalities, companies and homeowners adopt more sustainable technologies. McGraw Hill expects the building retrofit market to quadruple in five years.

The State of CT is poised to lead the nation in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The new created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the first comprehensive energy bill in CT in four years, set new goals to accelerate and expand energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in CT. Governor Malloy has said he wants CT to be #1 in the nation in energy efficiency. This is a key component of the Governor’s job-creation plan.

The BEST program prepares students for jobs in this expanding field.

Students in BEST study climate change, the latest sustainable building techniques, computer modeling, diagnosing and increasing the energy efficiency, health and safety of existing homes and buildings, and various new energy sources. Students conduct hands-on energy audits, and recommend measures to improve energy efficiency. Our Auditing course prepares students for the BPI Building Analyst Certification exams and the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certification exams, both nationally recognized accreditations.

The BEST certificate consists of 8 courses and 26 undergraduate credits. The entire program can be completed in as little as two semesters. Job placement assistance is included as students near completion of the program. Workforce Investment grants and other financial aid is available to qualified students. For more information contact Eric Gribin at egribin@ncc.commnet.edu or 203.857.7345.

Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

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Requirements for the Certificate (26 credits) Credits
ENG 101 Composition 3
ARC 106 Building Technology 4
ARC 240 Environmental Systems 3
BIO 181 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
CTC 106 Blueprint Reading 3
CTC 130 Alternative and Renewable Energy 3
CTC 131 Building Efficiency Auditing 3
CTC 132 Sustainable Energy for Residences and Businesses 3
Recommended Sequence of Study
Semester 1
ENG 101 Composition 3
CTC 106 Blueprint Reading 3
ARC 106 Building Technology 4
CTC 130 Alternative and Renewable Energy 3
Semester 2
BIO 181 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
CTC 131 Building Efficiency Auditing 3
CTC 132 Sustainable Energy for Residences and Businesses 3
ARC 240 Environmental Systems 3

Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology (BEST) in the News

Monroe Patch, September 9, 2013

Stamford Advocate, May 2, 2012

Norwalk Citizen, December 15, 2010

The Hour, December 14, 2010

News Channel 12 Feature, December 13, 2010

The Daily Norwalk, December 13, 2010

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Organization and Certification Links

Building Performance Institute, Inc. bpi.org 

Residential Energy Services Network resnet.us/professional

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund ctsavesenergy.org 

Connecticut Clean Energy Fund ctcleanenergy.com 

State of Connecticut Public Act 11-80 http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/PA/2011PA-00080-R00SB-01243-PA.htm

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