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Sierra College hosts Energy Upgrade California Contractor Training

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT – will host three- to five-day training classes to assist construction professionals to become certified as a “Building Analyst” by the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

The training, provided by Conservation Services Group (CSG) and GC Green, is available through Energy Upgrade California’s Subsidized Contractor Training Program (SCTP) and starts January 16 and February 8 at the Sierra College Roseville Gateway campus. Through the subsidized program, participants pay only $130 ($1600 value) for the training. For information and to sign up, go to

Sierra College CACT is hosting these sessions to support businesses and the local economy explained Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Sierra College CACT. “This BPI training will upgrade contractors’ skills, contribute to the regional economy by preparing local companies to supply energy efficiency services and help consumers save by reducing their energy demand,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

Energy Upgrade California helps consumers make energy efficient upgrades to their homes by providing rebates and incentives over $4,000. SCTP offers contractors, trades people and other motivated individuals the chance to become certified in residential energy assessment and verification, a significant requirement to become an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor. Stringent technical standards and requirements mean that BPI certified professionals are in demand – from homeowners, state and utility energy efficiency incentive programs and weatherization assistance programs.

William Kopiecki, a CSG manager based in San Diego, oversees the Subsidized Contractor Training Program. He said, “For more than 25 years, CSG has been educating contractors to ensure they are delivering top notch work. Through Energy Upgrade California, we are proud to continue spreading our mission to deliver maximum energy efficiency for homeowners throughout this great state.”


Energy Upgrade California is a collaborative program between the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, utilities and local governments that provides tools to accomplish and promote a “whole house” approach to home efficiency improvements. Based on “building science” principles, the program emphasizes an integrated approach to energy efficiency, starting with an assessment of current systems to identify solutions that will improve the comfort and energy performance of a home. For more information, visit


The Sierra College CACT is funded through the Economic and Workforce Development program of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided training for organizations, manufacturers and technology companies throughout Northern California. Additional information is available at or contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge at 916-660-7517 or

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