Earlier today, Missouri governor, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Home Energy Certification (MHEC), which includes the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score. This is a new homeowner energy certification program that encourages Missourians to reduce their energy usage by making efficiency improvements and upgrades to their homes.
The MHEC, which validates energy-efficiency improvements while helping Missouri homeowners to cut energy costs, allows homeowners to demonstrate the invested value of efficiency features to prospective home buyers.
The Spirit Foundation, a U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Score partner, will be providing the Home Energy Score in the state of Missouri and nationally through a comprehensive training program at local community colleges.
“We’re excited to help Missourians and Veterans increase the energy saving strategies available for homeowners,” said Jason Billstone, a U.S. Navy Veteran and V.P. of Operations of The Spirit Foundation. “From a financial and environmental standpoint, the program is a win-win for homeowners across the state.”
Spirit Foundation’s Qualified Assessor course will be offered in Missouri, beginning with Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. for those interested in becoming Qualified Assessors. After completing the new community college course students will have a Building Performance Institute Certificate and will be a U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Score Assessor, able to conduct Home Energy Scores.
The Home Energy Score is generated using Spirit’s own award-winning SCORE! mobile app, which supplements the current desktop Home Energy Scoring Tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The Spirit Foundation has worked on the Home Energy Score and Missouri Home Energy Certification with stakeholders over the past three years, including pilots with the University of Missouri and the 3D Simulation Training Pilot with veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
For more information on The Spirit Foundation visit: http://www.thespiritfoundation.org
For more information on The Missouri Home Energy Certification visit: http://energy.mo.gov/energy/mhec
For more information on the Home Energy Score visit: www.homeenergyscore.gov
About The Spirit Foundation: The Spirit Foundation provides scholarships and training in renewable energy and sustainability through the United States Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program. The foundation supports the prevention of child abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence and PTSD assistance supported through energy efficiency and sustainability programs.
Spirit Foundation, Chief Technology Officer
Spirit Foundation, V.P. and Director of Operations
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