Nine local builders complete weatherization, renovation certification program

Local builders learn some of the latest techniques of weatherization and retrofitting as part of a five-day training program presented by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and the Northwest Workforce Council.

Nine local builders have been certified in the latest techniques in weatherization and retrofitting after participating in a five-day training program co-sponsored by the the San Juan County Economic Development Council and Northwest Workforce Council.

The program — funded by grants from NCAF/ExxonMobil, San Juan County and the state of Washington, and presented by the Building Performance Center — provided island builders with five days of training in weatherization and retrofitting techniques.

The nine builders will each receive their certification at Skagit Valley College, June 10.

Builders participating in the program are: Todd Kegerreis and Andre Enterman of Sage Building Solutions (Lopez); Gerald Ormond, Greg Taylor, Michael Daley and Kent DuCote of KDL Construction (San Juan); Hans Hellmann of Hellman Construction (Lopez); Eli Derzay of Swal’lech Construction (Lopez), and Richard Russell of Russell Construction (Orcas).

In addition to the sponsorship by the EDC and Workforce Council, the training program was made possible through the support of San Juan County, the Town of Friday Harbor, the NCAF, ExxonMobil, Washington state’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Program for Certified Renovators, the Building Performance Center and Skagit Valley College.

For information on future building classes, contact San Juan County EDC Director Victoria Compton, 378-2906, or Minnie Knych, at the Northwest Workforce Council, 378-4662.