When we think of a green economy, there are a lot of pictures that may come to mind. However, the concept of going green has entered the mainstream on a number of levels. Industry growth around the globe is being projected to add nearing: 250,000 jobs in green building, 225,000 in residential energy auditing, 180,000 in renewable energy, 330,000 in commercial energy auditing, 200,000 in energy infrastructure, and 200,000 in other green related industries.
Just in the subject of green building in the U.S., we have an enormous amount of opportunities for certifications for such areas as: commercial, single-family and multi-family building analysts, heating specialists, air conditioning and heat pump specialists, general building energy technicians, weatherization installers, energy auditors, quality control inspectors, retrofit installers, crew leaders and theromography specialists. In solar alone there will be openings for certified: geothermal installers, solar thermal installers, solar finance and solar energy specialists.
Commercial companies have been the first to jump into concept of green building with recognized savings and return on investment arenas that not only pay for themselves but offer incredible savings over the lifespan of the investment. With the advancement in technology and the reduction of costs, residential construction has now entered the fray to offer not only new home buyers the same savings momentum, but existing homeowners with retrofit and upgrades.
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