In every industry, there are certifications and licenses that experts in the field must obtain. Usually, these certifications require passing a specific exam or series of exams. Some have additional requirements such as having a specific number of years in the industry. While some of these certifications are optional, some industries require them. In the insulation industry, being a National Insulation Association Certified Energy Appraiser isn’t required, but those who are in the insulation business can certainly benefit from this certification. The professionals at MC&I, Inc. who design & engineer the RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Panel Insulation hold this certification.
What Is the National Insulation Association?
The National Insulation Association (NIA) is a trade association and nonprofit organization. It represents any contractor, fabricator, manufacturer, and distributor who works in the insulation industry. This includes those who manufacture and sell parts and insulation accessories in addition to full insulation systems. The NIA was organized in 1953 and is headquartered in northern Virginia. The group works to make certain that those in the insulation business are up-to-date on recent news, trends, and innovations.
What Is an NIA Certified Energy Appraiser?
A certified energy appraiser is trained to determine the optimal thickness of the insulation needed for a project. They are also able to estimate how much energy will be saved and convert that into a dollar amount to give their clients a good idea of what kind of return on investment they will be getting. These insulation professionals provide efficient, safe, and cost-effective assessments that can help clients determine the best insulation options.
Energy appraisers are a great help to those who want to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Many companies that want to go green will have an energy appraiser work with them to determine what impact their company is having on the environment and how that impact can be decreased.
What Does it Take to be a Certified Energy Appraiser?
In order to become certified, a person must go through the Insulation Energy Appraisal Program. This program is taught over the course of two days and teaches participants a number of different skills related to determining the best thickness and calculating energy savings. The program is offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Those who successfully complete the program and pass the exam receive their certification.