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Fairfield Launches COSC's Statewide Energy Efficiency Rehab Training May 4-5 

The free workshops support Fairfield's Hometown Rewards program and will qualify contractors for work on energy efficient loan projects.

Des Moines, IA (April 30, 2012)
- Fairfield's Hometown Reward's Program and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Center on Sustainable Communities' Energy Efficiency Rehab Training on May 4-5 at the Fairfield Public Library. The sessions are free to attendees and offer the state's first comprehensive renovation training focusing on sustainable building techniques and energy efficiency. For details, click "Read more" below. 

COSC's training was developed as part of a collective effort led by Iowa Central Community College through a State of Iowa Energy Sector Partnership grant to increase job skills and effectively address Iowa's inventory of existing homes and commercial buildings. The purpose of the program is to share Iowa's quality green retrofit knowledge as widely as possible, and teach how sustainable rehabilitation can benefit our homes, businesses, communities, health, pocketbooks and the environment.  


The Fairfield sessions support the City of Fairfield's goals as a participant of Alliant Energy's Hometown Rewards program. The program rewards Fairfield for reducing citywide energy usage by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (turning off lights, unplugging unused electronics, etc.) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (like compact fluorescent light bulbs, new insulation, etc.). If Fairfield successfully meets its goals, Alliant Energy will give the community a reward by funding a solar photovoltaic installation on a city building.


While investing in energy efficient upgrades can seem cost prohibitive to business and homeowners, as part of City of Fairfield's Hometown Rewards program a low-interest loan program with payments correlating to the return on investment of efficiency upgrades will be made available to home and business owners. The loan application will require the work to be done by a contractor who has completed this Energy Efficiency Rehab Training program.


The training begins May 4th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. Instructor Bill McAnally will offer an overview of sustainable rehabilitation and cover topics that include assessment, planning and historical preservation considerations. McAnally of McAnally Consulting is one of the most experienced educators on green building practices in Iowa. A free dinner will be provided during the Friday session.


On Saturday, May 5th from 8:30am to 5:00pm, McAnally will address financing, job site preparations, foundations and structural considerations. The May 4-5 sessions will teach seven of the total 14 learning modules in the Energy Efficiency Rehab Training series. The second half will be presented at a future date.


Attendees of the training will gain valuable knowledge of leading green building rehabilitation energy efficient techniques, benefits, red flags, and much more. The two-day workshop offers an unparalleled learning opportunity for contractors, architects, inspectors, municipalities, homeowners, building owners, realtors, developers and students. A COSC Certificate of Completion will be given to attendees who score 70% or higher on the final exam.  


Registration for this free training is required. Those interested in attending are asked to register at icosc.com or by contact COSC at info@icosc.com or 515-277-6222.

About COSCCENTER ON SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (COSC) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 2005 that serves as a catalyst for ecologically sustainable change by engaging and connecting individuals, businesses and communities across Iowa. As a result, Iowans make everyday decisions that ensure the well being of future generations. More information on COSC's programs, resources and opportunities can be found at icosc.com.

About Alliant Energy's Hometown Rewards Working together with a community, specific energy-savings goals are established at the beginning of the program. Alliant Energy works with community volunteers to develop and implement an action plan. Once goals are achieved, Alliant Energy rewards a community with cash for a predetermined energy-efficiency community project. Fairfield residents participate by submitting a pledge to reduce energy use, signing up for a free energy assessment, and attending program events. Visit www.fairfieldgogreen.com for details.