An energy advisor is someone who can visit your existing home or commercial building, collect data via an energy audit that use a variety of diagnostic tools to identify energy saving opportunities in the building. Using the information collected, and often including some sort of computer energy modelling, an energy advisor will be able to make recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades you can implement and predict the energy savings you would realize from these upgrades.
Natural Resources Canada promotes the EnerGuide rating system as the gold standard for residential energy audits, and the current federal government has committed to providing up to one million free EnerGuide home evaluations.
Looking for an Energy Audit?
First step to getting an energy audit is to register with Natural Resources Canada.
Interested in Becoming an Energy Advisor?
In order to deliver EnerGuide energy efficiency evaluations, an individual must pass a number of exams and be affiliated with a Natural Resources Canada certified Service Organization.
Relevant skills/experience include:
– Residential construction knowledge
– Some building science knowledge (but much is included in training)
– Communication and customer relation skills
– Administrative Skills
– Math skills
– IT skills (energy modelling software, spreadsheets, file management)
The process for becoming a Certified Energy Advisor includes significant training (can be independent, online, and/or in person), two 3 hour proctored exams, and completed probationary files under a Natural Resources Canada licensed Service Organization.
Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA), in collaboration with Red River College (RRC), launched the Energy Advisor training program at RRC’s dynamic research facilities — including the Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre.
Next round of classes starts in September 2022.