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NRCERT Receives $450,000 from Columbia Gas of Virginia for Energy Auditor Training

Christiansburg, Va. – Community Housing Partners (CHP) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from NCAF/ExxonMobil  to be dedicated to the New River Center for Energy Research and Training (NRCERT) Energy Auditor training program.  The funding will help NRCERT train and make available 6 additional qualified energy auditors in Virginia.  These auditors will provide additional capabilities for performing home energy audits, which is necessary for low-income residents to qualify for federal home weatherization program funding.

Said NRCERT Director Mark Jackson, “This important funding will lead program participants to job placement in an industry that has a great need for qualified energy auditors.  And with more well-trained auditors in the field, an even greater number of needy households can enjoy the safety, financial, and environmental benefits of weatherization services.”

About the New River Center for Energy Research and Training:

NRCERT was established by CHP in 1999 and provides training in state-of-the-art residential energy conservation techniques, home performance testing, and heating and cooling equipment diagnostics, repair and replacement. Since its establishment over a decade ago, NRCERT has trained over 20,000 participants across 25 States and Canada. Its all-new,10,000-square-foot training facility in Christiansburg opened in January, 2010 and features innovative space, equipment, and props for providing hands-on training using an advanced energy efficiency curriculum delivered by experienced and certified trainers.