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Weatherization Training Available
Jan 27, 2010

Anyone thinking about starting a residential weatherization business is invited to register for a special informational seminar to be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 to 12 at the Intermodal Education Center located on the second floor of the BRTA building on the corner of North Street and Columbus Avenue in downtown Pittsfield.

As utility programs and government incentives continue to make it more affordable for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes, millions of dollars will be spent in the coming years on weatherization. The need for more contractors to provide these services makes starting a residential weatherization business sound very attractive. However, there are many questions that should be considered before starting a weatherization business.

Sponsored by the MassGREEN Institute and hosted by the Center for Business and Technology at Berkshire Community College, this seminar will answer the following questions and help participants to decide if this is really a business they can succeed in: What does "weatherization" really mean? What does it take to start and run a weatherization business in Massachusetts? What kind of equipment needs to be bought? How much does the initial investment need to be? What kind of work is actually done and what training is necessary? What licenses, certifications and insurance are needed?

Space is limited and applications are now being accepted. The cost of the seminar is $25 a person. For more information, contact Denise Johns at 413-236-2125 or

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