SFCC Offers Water Efficiency Rating System Training Mar. 8-10

Santa Fe Community College’s EnergySmart Academy is offering a Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) training on March 8 – 10 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in room 803 in the Trades and Technology Building, 6401 Richards Ave.

This three-day training prepares students to take the WERS written certification and practical exams. Students who complete the training will also be prepared to teach the WERS course in the future. The SFCC EnergySmart Academy is a leader in offering educational offerings in the energy sector and now has expanded its training to water efficiency. The college is the first institution in the country to offer WERS training.

The Green Builder CoalitionSanta Fe Area Home Builders AssociationBuild Green New Mexico and members of the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee created a water modeling software that generates a water efficiency rating score in a large effort to measure water efficiency in existing and newly constructed homes.  The WERS program uses a scoring scale of zero to 100, with zero being the most desirable. It analyzes indoor water usage, as well as, rainwater and graywater usage. The City of Santa Fe has passed a resolution calling for its addition to their green building code. WERS ratings provide a tool for builders and consumers to compare the water efficiency of a home.

The course covers many aspects of water efficiency in housing, however, participants are expected to have prior knowledge in landscaping and irrigation, basics of house construction and plumbing systems, building codes and alternative water sources.

SFCC’s EnergySmart Academy is a nationally recognized training center specializing in energy efficiency, green building and sustainable technology trainings.

The cost for the upcoming WERS training is $595 per person and space is limited. To register for the training or to be notified of future trainings, please contact Office Administrator for Grants and Contract Training Evelyn Gonzales at workforce@sfcc.edu at 505-428-1866. For more information about the WERS training curriculum, please contact Amanda Hatherly at amanda.hatherly@sfcc.edu or 505-428-1805.


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