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As we read about the wild fires out west that have burned more than 3 million acres in California alone - not including Washington and Oregon - at the time of writing this, another hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico quickly approaching the coast, and the extreme weather in the mid-west with record-setting temperatures topping at 101 degrees only to drop more than 60 degrees bringing large amounts of snow fall to Colorado, it's hard to deny that the climate is changing. Our hope is that we can help educate the public through our continued webinars, trainings and policy changes at the state level. Together we can make an impact and create positive change for our environment, health, and future generations.

"Learning never exhausts the mind." -Leonardo da Vinci 

Energy Efficiency Day: October 7th

Energy efficiency is the cleanest, fastest, and most cost-effective choice for meeting America’s energy needs and cutting air pollution. Let’s support the EE workforce that helps so many individuals and families nationwide. Join us for the fifth annual Energy Efficiency Day on October 7th! As an #EEDay2020 supporter, you can help showcase the many benefits of energy efficiency. For example, did you know utility costs are the second largest expenditure for schools? Energy efficiency can lower costs by about 25% while also providing sustainability and health benefits – more important than ever before as we face challenges from COVID-19. Take action and join the growing list of over 100 local governments, universities, organizations, and utilities already participating.
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Register NOW! Fall BOC Course is Open

We're going live (in remote form) on October 27th! Registration for our Fall Building Operator Certification (BOC) course is now open and we invite you to attend. Did you know building owners can save 5-20% annually on their energy bills by implementing operations and maintenance best practices, while also increasing indoor air quality and comfort for its occupants? Over a period of fifteen years, 17 third-party evaluators found that on average BOC grads save $10,000/annually on utility bills for up to 5 years by making low-cost, no-cost behavioral changes. So, what are you waiting for? Download the fall course flyer.

Investing in energy efficiency and proper training is a great way for local governments or building owners to save money on energy, water, and utility costs, and demonstrate leadership to the community they serve.
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Texas' PACE Recognition 

Three Texans are among the 28 leaders nationally recognized for their efforts to grow and strengthen the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) marketplace for local governments and property owners. 
2020 PACE Champions: Charlene Heydinger, Texas PACE Authoritywas recognized as a 2020 PACE Champion Award for extraordinary leadership over multiple years to strengthen and expand the PACE marketplace. 
2020 PACESetters: Bruce Elfant,
Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, received the PACESetter Award for excellence in advocacy and policy innovation. Chip Bray, Prosperity Bank Banking Center President received the PACESetter Award for lenders whose leadership helped C-PACE Administrators and capital providers expand PACE in their state.
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Energy Code Ambassador Training 
Upcoming Energy Code Webinar
SPEER recruits, trains, and positions building professionals as Ambassadors throughout Texas and Oklahoma, to provide guidance and peer-to-peer support for the code enforcement community in efforts to improve compliance with energy codes. Ambassadors provide resources and networking to support the program and enable SPEER to better access construction practices across the states so we can better identify needs and provide assistance.
On September 23rd, SPEER will be hosting our 6th annual Energy Code Ambassador Training, in which we will provide over 10 hours of virtual instruction focused on a deep dive into the commercial chapters of the 2015 IECC. We’ll leave no stone unturned on our way through all things related to the energy code requirements in commercial construction. In exchange for a few hours a month of our Ambassador’s time, we provide yearly in-depth energy code training for the group. 
Topic: The Commissioning Process in Building Codes and Standards
When: Sep 22, 8:30-9:30 AM CST

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the Evolution of Commissioning
2. Review the Commissioning Process and Definition
3. Understand the Need and Utilization of Commissioning in Building Codes and Industry Standards
4. Determine National Building Codes Now Including Commissioning and the Variations
5. Review ASHRAE National Standards that Now Include Commissioning and the Variations


Energy Codes: TX Inspectors Convention

In the past at SPEER we have mostly focused our education and outreach efforts on municipal and third-party energy inspectors as they are the front line of energy code enforcement. Recently, we have found great benefit in also working with traditional home inspectors who are often required by mortgage lenders. Typically, home buyers never see inspection reports from the city or third party energy inspectors but the vast majority will see a real estate inspection report prior to a home purchase. It is vital for these reports to include energy code related issues and place them in the minds of potential homebuyers.
Here in Texas the Texas Real Estate Inspectors Association (TPREIA) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) merged earlier this year. Join us as we present at their annual training on September 24th.
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A More Resilient America

In being resilient, we can also become more efficient, helping create jobs and stimulate local economies. We recently released a new blog on becoming more resilient & mitigating damages in the face of ever increasing natural disasters following the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. 
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Pitching EEday to Cities & Local Governments 

It's time for local leaders to show support for energy efficiency in our communities. Why should you local government issue and EEday proclamation? ✔ Save Money ✔ Cut Pollution ✔ Create Jobs ✔ Protect Affordability ✔ Demonstrate Leadership
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