May 9, 2018

Tunxis' $120K grant to study CT energy-code compliance

Farmington's Tunxis Community College will use a $120,000 grant to study whether Connecticut municipalities and homebuilders are complying with state energy codes, school officials say.

The two-year college said Wednesday its two-year-old Energy Management Program won the grant from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), a Massachusetts nonprofit promoter of energy-efficient homes, offices and industrial buildings, to implement a residential building-practices field study for Connecticut.

Tunxis' energy-management students will team with pupils from Norwalk Community College's building-efficiency program students and graduates to conduct field inspections and diagnostic testing of new homes throughout Connecticut to determine whether new single-family residences comply with 2009 energy codes.

The study is the first of its kind in Connecticut, said Eric Gribin, director of Tunxis' energy-management program.

"Greater energy efficiency in homes means less energy wasted, less energy demand, less pollution and carbon emissions, and more comfortable homes for Connecticut residents," Gribin said.

Tunxis' energy-management program launched in 2016 to help the state meet the demand for skilled energy analysts and technicians.

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