Santa Fe Community College’s EnergySmart Academy has expanded its training to include water efficiency. The college is the first institution in the country to offer Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) training.

 

The Green Builder Coalition, Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, Build Green New Mexico and members of the city of Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee created water-modeling software that generates a water-efficiency rating score in a detailed effort to measure water efficiency in existing and newly constructed homes. Like the better-known Home Energy Rating System (HERS), WERS is a predictive calculation tool on a zero-to-100 scale, with zero meaning no water is needed from a well or municipal system. It analyzes indoor water usage, as well as rainwater and graywater usage. WERS ratings (www.wers.us) provide a tool for builders and consumers to compare the water efficiency of a home and can tell a governmental jurisdiction how many more homes can be built within a given water supply. The city of Santa Fe passed a resolution calling for the addition of WERS to its green building code. The WERS tool has received national attention for its simple but effective innovation.

 

SFCC’s EnergySmart Academy is a nationally recognized training center specializing in energy efficiency, green building and sustainable technology trainings. The academy is initially offering the WERS training March 8-10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The training prepares students to take the WERS written certification and practical exams. The course covers many aspects of water efficiency in housing; however, participants are expected to have prior knowledge in landscaping and irrigation, basics of housing construction and plumbing systems, building codes and alternative water sources.

 

The cost for the training is $595. To register or to be notified of future trainings, contact Evelyn Gonzales at 505.428.1866 or workforce@sfcc.edu. For more information about the WERS training curriculum, contact Amanda Hatherly at 505.428.1805 or amanda.hatherly@sfcc.edu

 

 

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