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CHP Recognized as National Energy Innovator

Christiansburg, Va. – Community Housing Partners (CHP) announces that its Energy Solutions Research and Training Center is the recipient of a State & Local Energy Report Residential Efficiency Award in Weatherization for its pioneering training methods and ongoing commitment to advancing building sciences. 

CHP and three other Residential Efficiency Award winners in the nation were selected for their commitment to improving low-income housing while demonstrating innovation in funding, technology, and implementation that can be replicated by others in the industry.

Formerly known as the New River Center for Energy Research and Training (NRCERT), CHP’s Energy Solutions Research and Training Center has trained over 30,000 participants across 30 states in state-of-the-art residential energy conservation techniques, home performance testing, and heating and cooling equipment diagnostics, repair and replacement. Its 12,500-square-foot training facility in Christiansburg provides teachers and students with innovative space, equipment, and props for a hands-on classroom experience.

CHP Vice President of Energy Solutions Research and Training Mark Jackson said of his organization’s recent award, “We are truly honored by State & Local Energy Report’s recognition of the work we have done since 1999 to train the energy efficiency workforce and identify sustainable revenue streams so that our efforts to create economically, socially, and environmentally vital communities continue long into the future.”

“These [award recipients] are the organizations that put their hearts and minds to work finding solutions to our energy needs,” said Josh Wolfe, co-publisher of State & Local Energy Report. “We couldn’t be prouder of what they accomplish on a daily basis.”

CHP’s Energy Solutions Research and Training Center is the first U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) weatherization training center in the nation to obtain IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) ISPQ Training Program accreditation. This accreditation allows CHP to teach its national Retrofit Installer, Energy Auditor, and Quality Control Inspector curricula for weatherization and home performance professionals. In addition, CHP is the first training provider to become accredited for an energy efficiency/weatherization program.

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