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Green Night – September 13, 2017

Selling Comfort, Health and Safety to Homeowners: What’s the Business Model?

You are invited to join the Western Mass Green Consortium at the upcoming Green Night from 5PM – 7PM on , September 13, 2017, at the Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton!

The event is open to the public, donations welcome.

From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q & A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar where energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

Please join us to learn and enjoy while also earning credit towards your certifications with the Building Performance Institute (BPI). This presentation will touch on the issues affecting healthy homes, the role of the contractor in providing healthy home assessments, and how these assessments can help grow and expand contractor businesses.

BPI is on the cutting edge of home performance with their new Healthy Homes Examiner HHE certification. Come find out why healthy homes are even more important to most people than energy savings and comfort. BPI Will present and explain why healthy homes is a gigantic new business opportunity for everyone in the home performance field and critical to making our environment more healthy.

This is the first WMGC Green Night event that is offering BPI continuing education units (CEU’s) at one of our events. Come learn and enjoy all while getting credit towards your BPI certifications. BPIimage001

Demand is growing for the BPI Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification. More public health programs across the country, as well as private consumers, are calling for preventative home health assessments, with costs covered by public benefit funds or health insurers. Business opportunities lie in asthma and respiratory infection home assessments, aging-in-place elderly home assessments, and more.

BPI and the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, together with a broad team of subject matter experts, created the HHE certification to meet these demands, with the goal of breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families through home performance interventions.


Our Featured Presenters for September:

Nancy Kaplan, Manager of Major Accounts at BPI, has worked extensively with BPI Test Centers and Proctors. In her current role, she spends time reaching out to industry partners to promote the role of BPI, and to determine how best to work with and support the home performance industry. Nancy holds a degree in Child and Family Services, and as the mother of children with asthma, has a passion for ensuring that other families have the knowledge needed to be proactive in preventing illness as much as possible.

Darlene Welch is a Technical Relations Representative at BPI. She has worked in the home performance industry for many years, starting out as an energy auditor and program coordinator for NYS Home Performance programs. She joined BPI in 2010 and has worked in the development of BPI standards and certifications. In her current role, she assists BPI Test Centers, Proctors, GoldStar Contractors, and Certified Professionals in standards interpretation and compliance.


Many thanks to our September Sponsor, Energia!


Energia, LLC is a socially responsible energy services company that provides energy efficiency upgrades for residential, multifamily and commercial properties to reduce utility costs and energy use throughout western Massachusetts. Energía’s mission is to create efficient and healthy buildings that transform our communities and environments into thriving places to live & work.


Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!

October 11 – Community Solar: Options in Massachusetts
November 8
December 13
January 10

Join us at the Platform Sports Bar at Union Station the second Wednesday of every month for Green Night.


The Platform Sports Bar is located in the historic Union Station in Northampton, MA at 125A Pleasant Street. The bar offers a full menu and an extensive list of drinks. Parking adjacent to the bar is free.