NYSERDA and Champlain Valley Educational Services Announce Completion of Energy Efficient Training Facility

Announcement Made at Ribbon Cutting of New Building That Will Enable Dozens of School Districts to Provide Energy-Related Training and Certification Programs

June 01, 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES) today announced the completion of a new “Pressure House” building built by the Construction Trades students from CVES’s Career and Technical Educational Center (CV-TEC) that will provide greater access to energy-related field training and testing. The new facility supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy initiatives by creating an energy efficient teaching lab that will prepare New Yorkers for careers in emerging clean energy sectors and his Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system. The announcement was made by New York State Commissioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia, New York State Regent Beverly Ouderkirk, CVES District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey, and NYSERDA’s NY-Sun Director David Sandbank at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Plattsburgh. Dozens of CV-TEC students and representatives from CV-TEC’s business partners were on hand for the event.

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “The Pressure House will help prepare students for jobs in a variety of clean energy sectors and give them access to real issues facing the energy efficiency workforce today. I applaud the school district and students for the successful completion of this project which supports Governor Cuomo’s workforce development and educational initiatives.”

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, “If students are truly interested in a subject, they are more likely to go to school, do the work, stay engaged and graduate alongside their peers. Hands-on projects like the Pressure House are a big part of what makes Career and Technical Education so successful as a pathway to graduation. The lab will be used as a critical teaching tool for both high school and adult students to help prepare them for college and career.”

The new Pressure House is a small structure that is designed to be a training facility that can be used to teach those interested in entering the residential and small commercial building trades. The two-story, 1,264 square-foot, Cape Cod training facility features one bedroom, a kitchen, a living room and a bath. The lab also sports various efficiency-related building materials and techniques; varied attic and wall insulation R-values; varied U-value windows; an advanced heating system that supports varied types of heating applications; an ADA-compliant exterior elevator; and roof-top solar system.

Michele Friedman, CV-TEC’s Director, expressed her gratitude for the many contributions made by NYSERDA and by CV-TEC’s Business Partners: “We are grateful for all that NYSERDA, ESE Engineering/Zebra Tech, Plattsburgh Graymont, Inc., Hulbert Brothers, Swarovski Lighting, Taylor Rental, and K.C. Reiter (the Art Works) have done to help us create this showcase facility,” she said. “Without the generous support of NYSERDA, important, energy-related projects at CV-TEC would not have been possible.”

According to Mr. James McCartney III, CV-TEC Principal, “The Pressure House has been designed and built with the vision and the capacity to incorporate structural and energy-related updates for future instructional use. It will be utilized for a variety of academic and applied instructional purposes, including, but not limited to: energy‐related instruction of Career and Technology Education (CTE) high school and adult students from multiple Northern New York Counties and more than a dozen public school districts; and special energy‐related training opportunities and certification programs; special adult education programs related to energy‐efficient building techniques, materials, HVAC systems, and appliances.”

Almost 180 construction trade students received hands-on training during the building of the Pressure House, while an additional 49 electrical design students participated in the solar installation. Future training will include continuing education and professional development courses for building trade specialists, and advanced courses for regional contractors, heating specialists, building inspectors and business partners. The Pressure House can also be used for community programs to expand regional awareness of energy efficiency, construction technology, and advanced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) control systems. Since the 2010-2011 school year, NYSERDA has provided CV-TEC with over $207,000. The school district also received $36,997 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to add the 3-kilowatt solar system to the Pressure House.

NYSERDA has supported the upgrading of technical skills and capitalizing on the training infrastructure since 1998. These efforts include working with established providers to upgrade skills for existing workers and offering career pathway training for emerging workers with opportunities for disadvantaged workers. Workforce development and training partnerships have been developed to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced technology to support the state’s clean energy goals. A statewide network of over 70 partners offer clean energy workshops, continuing education units, and certificate and degree programs.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

About Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES)

CVES is one of 37 public Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) located across New York State. CVES serves 17 public school districts in Clinton, Essex, Warren, and Washington counties. CVES receives its instructional mandate from the NYS Education Department. CV-TEC, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) division of CVES is nationally accredited at a post-secondary level through the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven a nearly 800 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, installation and other clean-tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

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