by Catherine Caudill
For the Daily Mail
Unlike computers, which generated careers within a brand new sector, many of the new green jobs will exist within long-established markets like energy and construction.
"They're really specializations within an existing occupation," said Calvert. "The types of subgrants we've awarded under this (include) wind energy, water and waste water treatments, home construction and renovation, (and) green entrepreneurship."
Although most of these programs will not be getting underway until this summer and fall, Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College has started offering courses geared toward improving home energy.
"That's becoming a big thing in the real estate market," said Calvert. "Energy auditors look at any way your home uses and consumes energy. They look at airflow in the house, heat loss and how it's insulated."
"Jobs are coming, and more jobs will be coming," said Joe Sinclair, program director for the KVCTC GREEN-UP Council. "I've seen a high percentage of the existing house stock needs major retrofitting."
Sinclair is a LEED-certified architect (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) who teaches the weatherization skill set courses at KVCTC. Students who take these daylong, one-week courses can earn Building Performance Institute certificates, college credit, and a weatherization skill set certificate if they complete all three courses. Through the grant, tuition is free for the first year the classes are offered.
Those who enroll can then seek jobs as energy auditors or retrofitters.
Energy auditors inspect homes for energy efficiency. "They're taught to do a home interview with the home owner, tell us anything we can't visually see - if there are any warm rooms or cold rooms - and then we do an internal visual inspection of the basement, crawl spaces, the attic. We look at insulation levels, types of insulations, the appliances and lighting fixtures to see if there are any potential upgrades from there."
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