Energy Efficiency Rehab Training in Council Bluffs


February 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Western Community College will be the site for the Center on Sustainable Communities’ (COSC) free statewide Energy Efficiency Rehab Training. Lead by Iowa’s premiere green building expert Bill McAnally, the program has been condensed to a convenient 1-day session and building professionals receive energy efficiency credentials. The training takes place on Saturday, March 30th at Iowa Western Community College’s Dodge Hall Room 1006.  Registration is available at or by contacting the Des Moines-based nonprofit at 515-277-6222 or

Officials say this is potentially the last time COSC will be able to offer this training free-of-charge. Builders, contractors, lenders, inspectors and other building professionals are urged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn best practices in framing, insulation, thermal envelope, indoor air quality and sustainable building site management. COSC’s Energy Efficiency Rehab Training qualifies contractors for energy efficient home remodeling and commercial retrofit projects. Those who attain a certificate of completion will be included in COSC’s Qualified Professionals directory listing and promoted across Iowa.

This training curriculum was developed as part of a collective effort led by Iowa Central Community College through a State of Iowa Energy Sector Partnership grant to increase job skills and effectively address Iowa’s inventory of existing homes and commercial buildings. Energy use in homes, business and communities can be greatly reduced through sustainable renovation best practices, providing lasting benefits to health, pocketbooks and the environment.

According to officials, as demand and codes continue to develop for energy efficient home and business improvements, COSC’s Energy Efficiency Rehab Training is an essential tool for building professionals seeking to advance skills and competitive advantage. Homeowners can also reap rewards from attending this free training by learning how to prioritize upgrades, identify red flags and connect with qualified contractors.

Additional support for COSC’s free program is provided by Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, MidAmerican Energy, City of Council Bluffs, Danish Villages Economic Development Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.