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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)
  • 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
    • 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
  • 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 . . .
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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

New edition includes Weatherization and Green Building!

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PACT FACTS
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?

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…
  • 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)

green collar jobs on the rise
Green-collar Jobs on the Rise

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

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

occupational categories
Occupational Categories
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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?

Thanks for the opportunity!

Dennis Torbett

[email protected]

(202) 266-8908

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