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CATT- Contractors Assn of Truckee Tahoe
In 2001, CATT announced an affiliation with the Nevada County Contractors Association, and other affiliations followed, including reciprocal memberships with the North State Building Industry Association, Sierra Green Building Association, and Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors.

CATT's mission statement is To promote a positive business environment for the building and housing industry and enhance opportunities for its members and the community.

Build It Green: Green Building Contractor Certification
As green building becomes more popular, homeowners and those purchasing homes are looking for contractors, architects, engineers, specialty contractors, and real estate professionals who are qualified to provide green building services. Now is your chance to establish yourself in this profitable niche and distinguish yourself from your competitors.

The Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional Training is open to all California building professionals involved in the design and construction of residential buildings, as well as professionals that support and develop the market for green building. Certification is available for the following professionals: Architects/Designers, Carpenters, Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Electricians, Engineers, Interior Designers, Landscapers, Plumbing Contractors, Public Agencies, Non-Profits, Real Estate Professionals, Specialty Trades, Solar Contractors and Suppliers

Participants will attend a two-day, 16 hour course based on the overarching principles of Green Building and the systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings. Participants will be introduced to green building methods and materials to reduce the impacts of building and increase the benefits to homeowners. There will be case studies, guest speakers and in-depth presentations on such topics as energy efficiency, resource conservation, indoor air quality and developing and marketing a green business. In addition, the class will cover how to get the green information and resources you need, how to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in green building, and how to integrate and benefit from green practices in your business. Participants will take an exam at the end of the two days.

Build It Green: Green Building Contractor Certification
Timber Framer's Guild
TFG is a non-profit educational membership association dedicated to the craft of timber framing.

Timber Framers Guild
Builders Without Borders
We are an international network of ecological builders who form partnerships with communities and organizations around the world to create affordable housing from local materials and to work together for a sustainable future. We believe the solution to homelessness is not merely housing, but a local population trained to provide housing for themselves.

Builders Without Borders
Green Advantage Environmental Certification
Green Advantage Certification, requires that you demonstrate a basic knowledge of green construction concepts, materials, and practices by passing the Green Advantage Exam with a score of 75% or higher.

Certification is based on an established set of standards, and is overseen and judged by a board of experts who make up the Green Advantage Certification Board.

In order to achieve Green Advantage Environmental Certification, you must demonstrate a basic knowledge of green design and construction concepts, materials, and practices by passing the Green Advantage Exam with a score of 75% or higher.

The Certification Exam Fee is $125 if you are taking the Exam at a session scheduled as a part of an authorized Green Advantage training. If you have taken the training and wish to schedule the Exam independent of the training offering's Exam session, an additional fee of $25 will be charged for arranging to take the Exam at a participating community college. This $25 fee applies as long as you take the Exam within 30 calendar days of the training. Exams taken more than 30 calendar days from the training will cost an additional $25. In each of these cases, the Exam is open book.

The Green Advantage Certification Exam covers:

* Green building industry/green building materials
* Site considerations and passive building design
* Energy- and water-efficient building technologies
* Sustainable construction technologies that enhance resistance to disaster and biological hazards
* Construction operations to reduce environmental impact
* Window benefits and technologies
* Indoor environmental quality

Green Advantage Environmental Certification

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