National Sustainable Structures Center
In-Field or In-Classroom
Traditionally a facility-based organization, NSSC staff and its well-equipped mobile unit have been delivering in-field training in Pennsylvania and other states since 1990. In-field training and technical assistance is also available to other states, utility companies, or private corporations and is fee based. Contact us for more information.
Working in response to a client’s particular need, NSSC can draw upon proven, standardized curricula or create a customized agenda to allow for a wide range of training possibilities. Our instructors specialize in providing hands-on application and theory in building science, principles of energy, moisture and indoor air quality, control strategies, and building and mechanical systems audits for commercial and residential structures. Contact NSSC for more information on customized courses.
Industry & Commercial Training
NSSC provides industry-specific training on Infrared Thermography for Building Investigations, solar and heat pump technology, and certification in OSHA 10 Construction, OSHA 30 Construction, and EPA RRP Certified Lead Renovator (taught under the accreditation of the National Center for Healthy Housing).
Energy Conservation and Weatherization Training
NSSC’s Home Energy Professional and PA Weatherization training programs offer competency-based courses in energy conservation and weatherization.
- NSSC’s PA Weatherization courses are approved by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
- NSSC’s Home Energy Professional and PA weatherization training courses are mapped to the Job Task Analyses for the Home Energy Professional Certifications developed by the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
NREL/BPI Home Energy Professional Certification Exams
NSSC offers all four Home Energy Professional Certification exams.
Weatherization Assistance Program personnel are eligible to take the new Home Energy Professional Certification pilot exams for FREE when they sit for the exams at NSSC. The free exams are available to current and former WAP personnel and contractors and current WAP state and local staff as well as trainers working with the WAP.
Lab Development Expertise
As a Legacy Weatherization Training Center, NSSC’s staff is highly knowledgeable and skilled in assisting other programs to develop training laboratories, design mock-ups, and obtain lists of needed equipment and tools in the Energy Conservation and Weatherization field.
Also, NSSC offers building product information and other resources for anyone interested in learning more about sustainable structures.