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Strategies for Including People with Disabilities in the Green Jobs Talent Pipeline Co-Sponsored by U.S. DOL/ODEP and NTAR Leadership Center An industry perspective… Dennis O. Torbett, Vice President, Home Builders Institute (HBI) National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

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Strategies for Including People with Disabilities in the Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

Co-Sponsored by U.S. DOL/ODEP and NTAR

Leadership Center

An industry perspective…

Dennis O. Torbett, Vice President, Home Builders Institute (HBI)


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National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

  • Represents 200,000 plus members

  • 850 local and state affiliates (HBAs)

  • HBI, the workforce development arm


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Home Building Industry Fast Facts Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

  • Commercial and residential buildings account for 40% of US energy consumption

  • Residential sector consumes 21% of that 40%

  • $356 billion - Total value of residential construction

  • 6.5 million - Construction workers in the U.S.

  • $42,350 - Average annual wages for construction worker

  • 150+ - Careers involved in building a home

  • 4.71% - Last week’s lowest ever 30 year rate

  • 4.4% - October jump in residential const. – best since 3/98

  • 2.8% - GDP growth rate in last quarter – following 4 consecutive quarterly declines


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    Home Builders Institute Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Incorporated as 501©3

    • Three divisions:

      - Workforce Training and Employment (WTE)

      - Job Corps (JC)

      - Residential Construction Academy (RCA)

    • Training low income and at risk youth and adults since 1983

    • More than 2,500 placements annually

    • PACT certificate nationally recognized


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    HBI implements programs that . . . Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Respond to labor market needs of home building and remodeling industries

    • Provide individuals with the skills to build a career and better life

    • Support HBA efforts to connect with local communities

    • Incorporate practices that reduce/eliminate adverse environmental impacts


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    How NAHB is Greening the Industry Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • NAHB National Green Building Guidelines

    • NAHB National Green Building Standard

    • For more info: http://www.nahbgreen.org/


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    How NAHB is Greening the Industry… Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • National Green Building Standard approved in Jan. ‘09 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

    • NGBS - 1st and only third-party approved green building standard for the residential construction industry.

    • Establishes protocols for certifying green construction benchmarks for energy, water & and resource efficiency and lot design, indoor environment quality and global impact.

    • The standard allows home builders & buyers to make green choices based on climate and geography

    • 4 threshold levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Emerald

    • Certified Green Professional – 12 hours of CEUs every 3 years.


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    How HBI is Greening the Workforce Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • HBI convened subject matter experts consisting of Builders, Instructors, Academics and Youth Providers

    • To include green practices and competencies in its Job Corps and PreApprenticeship Certificate Training curricula

    • AND, to align with the ANSI approved Green Building Standards.

    • Solar Technician training competencies in final development phase.

    • In HBI’s role as a member of the Youthbuild Technical Assistance Collaborative we have installed the PACT Green Revision in 60 Youthbuild programs.

    • 200 craft programs employ green practices


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    PACT CURRICULUM Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    New edition includes Weatherization and Green Building!


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    PACT FACTS Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Industry-sponsored construction curriculum

    • Includes 8 trades, plus green building theory and techniques

    • Tracks competencies – Performance based

    • Used by more than 2000 trainees

    • Adapts easily to ongoing community projects

    • Graduates earn industry-validated Certificate

    • Includes CD ROM with all materials

    • Approved for DOL funded Youthbuild


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    DELIVERING PACT Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Appropriate for use with academically challenged

    • For HBI Projects CRAFT (adjudicated youth), TRADE(adult ex-offenders), HOPE (people with disabilities) and Youthbuild (low income youth)

    • Includes both theory and practice of home building

    • Relies on the time-honored apprenticeship approach for learning – classroom instruction + hands on training

    • PACT assumes “less is more:”

      • Less emphasis on lecture

      • More hands-on contextual learning


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    Earning an HBI Green Building PACT Certificate Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Understand the environmental impacts of the construction trades

    • Identify methods for conserving materials, energy, and other resources

    • Identify construction’s overall consumption and use of resources

    • Select alternative tools and tool maintenance for use in green building

    • Identify alternative practices and methods that take natural resources into account

    • Recycle, reuse, or dispose of construction materials


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    OK, BUT ARE THERE JOBS FOR GRADS? Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    YES!

    • Many trades people are older and retiring

    • 90 new and emerging Green Occupations from Green Economic activities

    • Strong demand for related careers such as Green, weatherization and facilities maintenance

    • Growing demand for workers with green building knowledge

    • High turnover among entry level workers

    • As economy improves, demand will grow……


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    Green Jobs’ Facts & Statistics-Continued… Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • The Energy Tax Credit is expected to generate $6 billion in remodeling work by 2010.

    • Green jobs pay 10 to 20% more than other jobs

    • Green jobs are more likely to be union jobs

      (Source: Staff report on Green Jobs: A Pathway to a Strong Middle Class)


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    Green-collar Jobs on the Rise Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    In 2006, more than 750,000 workers were working in green jobs

    This number is projected to grow by 10% annually through 2030


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    AND…ARE THERE GREEN JOBS FOR GRADS? Green Jobs Talent Pipeline


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    Occupational Categories Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Green Increased Demand Occupations

      • Existing occupations

      • Increase in employment demand

      • No significant changes in worker tasks, but change in work context

      • Example: Carpenter using improved framing techniques

    • Green Enhanced Skills Occupations

      • Existing occupations

      • Significant change in worker tasks, skills, credentials

      • Example: Roofers, Plumbers, HVAC Installers, Maintenance and Repair Workers, Landscape Architect

    • Green New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations

      • New, unique occupations

      • May be “brand new” or emerge from existing occupations

      • Example: Solar System Technicians, Energy Auditor


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    Green Jobs/Careers-Continued… Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Urban Arborist -- a landscaper or greenskeeper with an understanding of conservation and renewable resources

    • Environmental Manager -- coordinates management of an organization's environmental performance to protect and conserve natural resources

    • Green Maintenance Supervisor – implements and oversees green activities

      (Source: www.greenforall.com)


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    Green Jobs’ Facts & Statistics… Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • Renewable energy generates more jobs than employment in fossil fuels

    • Projected investments of $630 billion by 2030 will translate into at least 20 million additional jobs in the renewable energy sector

    • In the USalone, the environmental industry in 2005 generated more than 5.3 million jobs


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    Green Jobs’ Facts & Statistics-Continued… Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    • The Energy Tax Credit is expected to generate $6 billion in remodeling work by 2010.

    • Green jobs pay 10 to 20% more than other jobs

    • Green jobs are more likely to be union jobs

      (Source: Staff report on Green Jobs: A Pathway to a Strong Middle Class)


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    QUESTIONS? Green Jobs Talent Pipeline

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Dennis Torbett

    [email protected]

    (202) 266-8908


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