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Gregg Walker
Propane Education & Research Council

Propane Fuels International Builders’ Show with Training, Technology

WASHINGTON (February 8, 2012) — During the International Builders’ Show (IBS), February 8-11, in Orlando, Fla., the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will provide construction professionals with training opportunities, introduce a new interactive training tool, and showcase the latest in propane technologies.

The PERC booth — W3129 — offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the benefits and innovative uses of propane for many applications throughout a home and in outdoor living spaces. Propane marketers will also be on hand to answer questions about incorporating propane into new or upcoming projects and how to use it effectively.

“Training at the show aligns with emerging trends in the building industry and demonstrates how propane is an effective solution in a wide variety of in-home applications,” said Roy Willis, president and CEO of PERC.

2012 Training Opportunities
As part of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Custom Builder Symposium, PERC is hosting two free 30-minute “Meet the Expert” sessions and one 90-minute training course. Training sessions include the following:
• Thursday, February 9, 3-3:30 p.m., “Standby and Off-Grid Generators”
• Friday, February 10, 8–9:30 a.m., “Specifying Propane Standby Generators”
• Friday, February 10, 1–1:30 p.m., “Tankless Water Heaters”

In addition to the live training at IBS, PERC offers 21 free online training courses approved by the NAHB, the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Each continuing education course is available at and includes a lesson on propane as a practical solution to off-grid and outdoor living, home heating, and residential and green building. Most online courses last an hour to an hour and a half.

New Training Tools That Meet Your Needs
Demonstrations of a new interactive tool will also take place at the booth, connecting attendees to PERC’s Propane Energy Pod, a research-based solution for a home’s five indoor areas of energy use — space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, and fireplaces. The online tool allows users to select their state and county, choose between a 2,400-square-foot home and a 3,600-square-foot home, and then compare the annual energy rates, the carbon dioxide emissions, and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores of a home running on propane with those of a home using other energy sources.

Generator Technology That Meets Your Customers’ Needs
Developed with research funding from PERC, the Generac EcoGen generator set, an industry-first automatic standby power generator, will be on display in the PERC booth. When paired with an alternative energy system such as wind or solar, the 6-kilowatt EcoGen generator set relies on propane to fuel the engine and meet the cost and dependability requirements of construction professionals and homeowners.