May 9, 2018 Melissa Lamar

Tunxis Community College’s Energy Management Program has been awarded a $120,000 grant by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) to implement a residential building practices field study for the state of Connecticut.

The study is the first of its kind in Connecticut and will help the state determine whether municipalities and builders are in compliance with state energy codes.

Tunxis Energy Management students can participate in the study and will be paired with former Norwalk Community College Building Efficiency program students and graduates, who are certified to perform energy efficiency audits on homes. The teams will be paid to conduct field inspections and diagnostic testing of new homes throughout Connecticut to determine whether new single-family residences comply with 2009 energy codes.

“Greater energy efficiency in homes means less energy wasted, less energy demand, less pollution and carbon emissions, and more comfortable homes for Connecticut residents,” said Eric Gribin, director of the Tunxis Energy Management program. “Our Energy Management students will learn valuable skills by participating in this project.”

Tunxis Community College’s Energy Management program was introduced in 2016 to help the state meet the demand for skilled energy analysts and technicians. An associate degree and four stackable certificates provide skills in measuring, analyzing and reducing commercial and residential building energy use. These same courses can help companies comply with standards to reduce energy use.

Students receive hands-on experience in “living laboratories” at Tunxis, where they perform energy analysis on Tunxis campus building systems. They also complete internships with partner energy companies and receive job placement assistance upon graduating.

For more information, contact Eric Gribin, director of the Energy Management program at Tunxis, at 860.773.1318 or egribin@tunxis.edu. Or visit tunxis.edu/energy.

Funding for the Tunxis energy management program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, State Energy Program administered by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

From technology, business and health to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis Community College offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. For more information on programs at Tunxis, call 860.773.1490.

 

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