National Sustainable Structures Center

Videos on NSSC


NSSC (formerly Penn College’s Weatherization Training Center) is one of eight weatherization training centers around the nation featured in this Weatherization TV video  produced by Montana State University.

Department of Energy (DOE) Video

NSSC (formerly Penn College's Weatherization Training Center) is featured in a U.S. Department of Energy video  as it expanded operations in response to the growing demand for service fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Links to Other Residential Energy & Housing Resources

Career Resources for Home Energy Professionals

For more information on green/energy efficiency jobs, please visit Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI). Follow or join the following LinkedIn groups:

  • A/E/C (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) & Green JOBS + Oil & Energy, Solar, Wind, Smart Grid
  • Building Performance Institute, Inc.
  • ·Building Science Community
  • Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI)
  • Efficiency First
  • Energy Efficiency Professionals
  • Energy Professionals
  • ·Green Jobs & Career Network
  • ·Home Energy Magazine
  • RESNET BPI – Energy Audit and Home Performance
  • Sustainability Professionals
  • Women in Home Performance

NSSC Technical Updates

NSSC, formerly Penn College’s Weatherization Training Center, staff has produced several technical updates which may be of interest to the Weatherization network. The goal is to keep the network informed about methods and techniques, and offer decision-making tools which effect health, safety, and energy efficiency in Weatherization. More updates are always in the works. Please consider writing one for us. Please feel free to download copies of our technical updates:

Knob and Tube Report

During the summer of 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development (PA DCED), NSSC (formerly Penn College’s Weatherization Training Center) and STEP Inc., a Weatherization Assistance Program provider, entered into a joint research project. Its purpose was to attempt to identify simple and cost effective wiring retrofits and prescribe safe methods for installing thermal insulation where K&T wiring exists. The released report, Retrofitting Knob and Tube Wiring, An Investigation into Codes, Wiring Practices and Cost, provides the results of the project.

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