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STEP Into the Sun: Solar Training for Design Professionals

February 27, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Special 7.5 LU|HSW Credit Opportunity for Design Professionals

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The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. As more individuals decide to go solar, a new national solar training course is helping designers grab their market share of this new technology and add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Design professionals play a crucial role in the decision since they are in the unique position of educating building owners, appraisers and code officials as part of every project. In partnership with AIA and ASHRAE, the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are offering solar training for design professionals in 22 metropolitan areas across the United States. LU/HSW are provided.

The training is specially designed to educate architects and engineers on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into their design plans, how to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering solar PV to the clients, how to speak with clients about the benefits of solar PV, and where to find information on the financial incentives available for solar PV.

Solar PV systems provide many benefits. Solar can increase property value and significantly reduce a building’s operating costs over its lifetime.

8:30am – 4:00pm (includes lunch)

$100 for professionals
$80 for veterans and nonprofit employees
$50 for students

Learning Objectives
Course participants will learn to…

  • Act in a leadership capacity to increase solar PV deployment in your community and in your practice
  • Use the applicable codes and standards required to design safe solar PV installations
  • Make an actionable connection between policy objectives for solar deployment and AIA sustainability and 2030 goals
  • Distinguish among and understand the appropriate application for different types of solar energy systems


February 27, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Building Codes Assistance Project
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AIA Philadelphia
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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