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Author: Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit)
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation from Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit) covers their "One-Stop Shop" Home Energy Remodel process where customers were guided through a four-step process: apply, assess, finance, and transform. This simple process gave customers access to a comprehensive package of services that included assistance from an independent energy advisor.

Author: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Publication Date: 2012

This report explores the best practices that utilities should undertake in the development and implementation of energy efficiency programs. The report calculates the impact that investing in energy efficiency will have on jobs, household income, and state and regional economies, along with the other public health benefits such as reducing pollution.

Author: Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: 2013

This article provides 10 tips home energy contractors can use to update their marketing outreach and improve their customer service.

Author: Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit)
Publication Date: 2015

Enhabit uses this 100-Point Performance Check to make recommendations to improve home performance.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

This case study highlights a 20-unit apartment building that gained energy savings and comfort through Efficiency Maine.

Author: KEMA Inc.
Publication Date: 2006

This paper presents the results of a comprehensive study of the energy-related needs of California’s low-income population. This study was commissioned to direct future policy regarding the various low-income energy programs offered in the state. These programs include the California Alternate Rate for Energy (CARE) Program, which provides a rate discount to qualified low-income customers, and the Low-Income Energy Efficiency (LIEE) Program, which installs weatherization and energy efficiency measures in qualified dwellings at no charge.

Author: Local Energy Alliance Program
Publication Date: 2012

The lack of documented value of retrofit measures is a barrier to many homeowners doing upgrades - as most appraisals do not include energy improvements in their comparables, and the home’s future sale can prevent the homeowner from earning a return on their investment via lower energy costs. Once the industry develops a process for valuing the energy improvements, it can unlock the significant potential for retrofit work through market pricing signals (energy efficient homes are worth more) and enhanced access to capital for those purchasing a more efficient home (energy efficient homes improve borrowers’ cashflow because they cost less to operate).

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

Year in review annual report which includes program data and success stories.

Author: Opower
Publication Date: 2014

Low-income energy efficiency programs provide financially vulnerable utility customers with important energy savings. To date, low-income programs have faced challenges in driving participation -- fueling myths that suggest low-income populations are difficult to reach. This paper explores these myths in turn.

Author: Elevate Energy
Publication Date: 2014

This paper describes existing barriers to integrating energy efficiency data into real estate markets, and illustrates recent efforts to address them. National cross-industry collaborations have resulted in standard data collection and transfer tools that allow home performance data to be shared across industries. Real estate markets in some regions have begun including these data into multiple listing services (MLS), making them visible during real estate transactions.

Author: The Cadmus Group, Inc.
Publication Date: 2014

This report details findings from the evaluation of the Colorado energy efficiency financing program.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2016

This report focuses on six energy efficiency areas for state and local governments to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial and multifamily buildings, which include strengthening market demand and expanding public-private partnerships.

Author: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

This report contains information on the market for home performance upgrades and the opportunities that exist for new home performance contractors; start-up needs and costs for firms entering the home performance contracting industry; home performance business approaches; and how established home performance contractors attract customers. It also contains detailed profiles of eight successful home performance firms across the United States.

Author: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
Publication Date: 2015

This report represents NEEP’s annual assessment of the major policy developments of 2014, as well as its look into the immediate future, where NEEP gauge states’ progress toward capturing cost-effective energy efficiency as a first-order resource. While looking at the region as a whole, NEEP also provides summary and analysis of some of the biggest building energy efficiency successes and setbacks from Maine to Maryland — including significant energy efficiency legislation and regulations and changes in funding levels for energy efficiency programs.

A Field Guide to Utility-Run Behavior Programs: Making Sense of Variety
Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2014
Presentation

This webcast covers a report that is a comparative analysis of utility-run behavior programs, which lays the groundwork for further program development by developing a classification scheme, or taxonomy, that sorts programs into discrete categories.

A Guide to Using AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Teams to Execute Your Mission
Author: Corporation for National and Community Service
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast describes how energy efficiency programs can use AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Teams to help their missions.

Author: Dubberly Design Office
Publication Date: 2001

This brand model, developed by the Dubberly Design Office, provides useful steps and tips for developing a new brand. Download the document for a better view. Note that the document is poster size, so zoom in for clarity.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2015

This Guide is designed to help state and local policymakers to take full advantage of new policy developments by providing them with a comprehensive set of tools to support launching or accelerating residential energy efficiency programs. The Guide focuses on four categories of policies that have proven particularly effective in providing a framework within which residential energy efficiency programs can thrive: incentives and financing, making the value of energy efficiency visible in the real estate market, data access and standardization, and supporting utility system procurement of energy efficiency.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This report contains guidance on issues and policy options related to providing access to customer energy use information that can be used to support and enhance the provision of energy efficiency services while protecting customer privacy.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

This case study highlights the first project completed under Efficiency Maine's Multifamily Efficiency Program.

Author: Green For All; Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Publication Date: 2009

This guide provides energy efficiency program design guidance for local and regional programs. It focuses on cost-saving energy efficiency strategies, creation of high quality jobs, and services for the low-income sector.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2013

This report offers policy options and considerations to state utility commissions in providing access to energy use data to help commercial customers manage energy costs through building energy benchmarking.

Author: National Association of State Energy Officials
Publication Date: 2016

This report examines how State Energy Offices and state-level partners are supporting growth and uptake of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing around the country. The report offers examples, insights, and strategies for State Energy Offices, green banks, state financing agencies, and other public and private entities to catalyze, accelerate, organize, and expand C-PACE markets.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016

The NorthernSTAR and U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program partnership investigated a new model to deploy building science-guided performance solutions to homeowners. This research explored three aspects to market delivery: 1. Understand the homeowner's motivations regarding investing in building science-based performance upgrades. 2. Determine a rapidly scalable approach to engage large numbers of homeowners directly through existing customer networks. 3. Access a business model that will manage all aspects of the contractor-homeowner performance professional interface to ensure good upgrade decisions throughout time.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2015

This report is targeted at both policymakers and program administrators who are less familiar with secondary markets and their significance in the energy efficiency context, as well as those that are more familiar with these concepts and may be actively considering secondary market strategies. It covers how efficient access to capital from secondary markets -- reselling energy loans to investors to replenish program funds -- is being advanced as an important enabler of the energy efficiency industry “at scale.”

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on challenges of energy upgrades in affordable and low-income multifamily properties.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013

This peer exchange call summary focused on administering energy efficiency programs as a nonprofit organization.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on how home energy upgrade programs can interact and connect with the real estate market.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016

The work presented in this webinar is a collaborative endeavor by the ARIES Building America team and two major affordable housing providers: Habitat for Humanity International and the factory building industry. The effort is exploring options for making major reductions in space conditioning energy use (≥ 50%) while holding the line on home affordability. Specifically, the project will develop a high-performance integrated design--effectively combining an ultra-efficient thermal envelope, a very low capacity, highly efficient mechanical system, an innovative distribution system, and affordable heat recovery ventilation--and set in motion steps to rapidly move this innovation to market.

Author: Affordable Housing Energy Efficiency Alliance

The intent of the Handbook is to: Encourage energy efficiency design in new construction as well as in acquisition/rehab projects; Showcase the funding sources, programs, incentives, and assistance available to further lower investments in energy efficiency; Overcome owner-developers perception that achieving large energy savings is usually too expensive, time consuming or difficult; Demonstrate design concepts, processes, and practices that will help to minimize the costs of high performance buildings; Highlight the non-energy benefits associated with high performance buildings; Dispel the myth that cheaply built homes are affordable to operate in terms of utility costs; Emphasize that energy efficiency lowers utility bills, thereby enhancing home affordability; Stress that a home that just complies with Title 24 is the least efficient home you can legally build in California.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

Policy brief on how Massachusetts state government partnered with local governments to aggregate QECBs to support a range of public and private projects.

Author: Tessa Shin, AFC First Financial Corporation
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing AFC First's (a lender's) aggressive underwriting and smart product delivery as part of the Keystone HELP program.

Author: Jeff Pitkin, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing NYSERDA's alternative underwriting approach for its target market.

Author: Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2010

This market assessment for the Alabama Energy Revolving Loan Fund identifies the customers and potential demand for an energy efficiency upgrade financing program.

Author: National Association of State Energy Officials; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Publication Date: 2014

This case study presents information about the AlabamaWISE program. It includes background information, approaches the program took to enhance home energy efficiency, and results achieved by the program.

Author: National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: 2007

This report describes the effects of utility spending on efficiency programs, how those effects could constitute barriers to investment in energy efficiency, and how policy mechanisms can reduce these barriers.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

This case study highlights Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit) low interest, on-bill financing and alternative underwriting practices which have achieved a low rejection rate while also maintaining a low loan default rate.

Author: U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

This website provides current data on a wide range of national housing and demographic characteristics.

Author: Colorado Energy Office
Publication Date: 2015

This study was conducted on behalf of the Colorado Energy Office to provide an analysis of the impact of energy efficiency on the home buying process. It highlights the appraisers’ dependence on Realtor‐supplied data and clearly illustrates the need for appraisers to be competent on items related to energy efficiency; in as far as these items are relevant to the appraiser’s specific assignment, scope of work and market area.

An Introduction to Measuring Energy Savings
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016
Presentation, Media

This webinar covers evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) for energy efficiency programs and projects. In addition, it covers key areas such as savings estimates and how energy savings are measured.

Author: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: 2015

This report presents an analysis of data for residential single-family projects reported by 37 organizations that were awarded federal financial assistance (cooperative agreements or grants) by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. The report characterizes the energy-efficiency measures installed for single-family residential projects and analyzes energy savings and savings prediction accuracy for measures installed in a subset of those projects.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2011

This report provides policymakers with principles and recommendations to understand and manage concerns about bill and rate impacts resulting from requiring utilities to provide efficiency programs.

Analyzing and Managing Bill Impacts on Energy Efficiency Programs
Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2013
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast reviews the SEE Action report which provides policymakers with principles and recommendations to understand and manage concerns about bill and rate impacts resulting from requiring utilities to provide efficiency programs.

Author: Research Into Action, Inc.; NMR Group Inc.
Publication Date: 2012

This document is the appendices to the main report presenting the preliminary process and market evaluation of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013

This peer exchange call summary focused on using approved contractor lists and matching customers with contractors based on processes/criteria.

Author: Matthew Brown, Harcourt Brown & Carey; John MacLean, Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation
Publication Date: 2010

Tips for recruiting and procuring financial partners and developing and negotiating financial partner agreements.

Author: Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Publication Date: 2014

Presents the loan loss reserve guidelines for the Arkansas Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Loss Reserve Program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Mary Templeton with BetterBuildings for Michigan discusses developing a readiness scale to determine if target audiences are ready to hear a program’s messages and take advantage of its offerings.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2011

This resource is intended to help state energy, environmental, and policy makers identify and quantify the many benefits of clean energy to support the development and implementation of cost-effective clean energy initiatives. It also identified the multiple benefits of clean energy and explains why they should be quantified and considered along with costs.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on assessing potential revenue streams.

Author: Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides a forecast of how building energy codes and appliance efficiency standards are likely to capture significant energy efficiency savings through 2025.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This audience brainstorming and categorization worksheet assists programs in determining their target audiences and which audiences to prioritize.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on how to differentiate energy efficiency customers for targeted marketing campaigns.

Author: Austin Energy
Publication Date: 2009

This one page form is used by Austin Energy to document Home Performance With Energy Star analysis results.

Author: Austin Energy
Publication Date: 2009

This one page form is used by Austin Energy to document Home Performance With Energy Star analysis results.

Author: Jill Maness, Austin Energy
Publication Date: 2011

An introduction to Austin Energy's workforce development program, which helps engage contractors in efforts to make homes more energy efficient.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This policy brief describes how Austin Energy's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program worked with its lending partner, Velocity Credit, to originate almost 1,800 loans, totaling approximately $12.5 million.

Author: Austin Energy
Publication Date: 2010

A project planning timetable template from Austin Energy that reflects all program planning activities, including marketing.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Marty Treadway of Energy Smart Colorado discusses how to avoid contractor frustration by testing data collection tools before deployment.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2014

This tool lets non-experts evaluate county-level emissions displaced at electric power plants by energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on challenges and strategies for working in cold climates.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013

RePower Bainbridge works with local residents to find creative ways to increase energy awareness, including developing an innovative Island Energy Dashboard, which displays real-time energy use around the island.

Author: Kira Ashby, Consortium for Energy Efficiency; Monica Nevius, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Bruce Ceniceros, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Publication Date: 2010

This paper describes a wide variety of behavior change insights potentially applicable to the energy efficiency program context, provides examples of efficiency programs that have applied these insights, and explores some untapped opportunities to achieve energy savings through behavior change.

Author: Behavior Energy and Climate Conference

Presentations from past Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference. BECC is the premier event focused on understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision-making related to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability. Past conference presentations include various resources related to Marketing & Outreach.

Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency: Behavioral Persistence
Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2014
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast explores residential behavior-based energy efficiency programs and provides data to support issues and recommendations.

Author: California Institute for Energy and Environment
Publication Date: 2009

This report examines how to influence customer behavior and choice.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This handbook provides both a strategic planning framework and standard methodologies to determine the energy and non-energy benefits of benchmarking and transparency (B&T) policies and programs that have recently begun to proliferate in jurisdictions across the United States. The intent of this handbook is to provide a simple “how-to-guide” with very clear steps and data requirements for the primary analysis methods recommended for use by local jurisdictions wishing or needing to assess the impacts of their B&T policies.

Author: State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
Publication Date: 2012

This document provides sample policy language based on a synthesis of existing state and local policies, and discussion on key provisions, for the design of a commercial benchmarking and disclosure policy.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2014

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on Better Buildings Residential Network members reporting upgrades and benefits.

Author: Natural Resources Defense Council

Improving energy efficiency significantly lowers energy bills, creates jobs, and reduces pollution – benefits which all utility customers enjoy. The benefits of efficiency may be greatest in California’s low income communities, however, where poorly weatherized homes, high unemployment rates, and proximity to fossil-fuel fired power plants are too often the norm.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

In this video interview segment, Bruce Doeuck of JEA ShopSmart in Jacksonville, Florida,  discusses the market segmentation methodology his program used to better understand its audience.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016

This document provides updated best practice guidelines to help implement the Policy Framework for PACE Financing Programs, initially announced on October 18, 2009. DOE has developed these revisions to the original “Guidelines for Pilot PACE Financing Programs,” initially issued on May 7, 2010, to reflect the evolving structure of the PACE market and incorporate lessons learned from various PACE programs that have been successfully implemented. The revised and updated guidelines focus specifically on best practices and guidelines for residential PACE financing programs.

Author: Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.
Publication Date: 2010

Presentation describing sustainable revenue sources for local energy alliances.

Author: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Publication Date: 2006

This two-volume report distills the practices that have been shown to work in many settings to implement the renovation of affordable housing. These best practices are designed to address the challenges to rehab at its development, construction, and occupancy stages. Volume 1 is a comprehensive resource guide to state, local, and federal tools for overcoming barriers. Volume 2 provides analyses of key rehab resources and barriers, and case studies of state and local efforts to overcome major regulatory impediments.

Author: Home Performance Resource Center
Publication Date: 2010

This paper, which is based on detailed case studies of nine existing state and local programs, presents recommendations for energy upgrade programs to facilitate industry growth and support contractor business models.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2014

This resource provides best practices and highlights case studies for how utilities, policymakers, building managers, and community stakeholders can improve access to energy usage data while working towards the goal of improving efficiency in their communities.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2016

This paper is intended to guide state governments on Clean Power Plan compliance and shows how leading by example in state and local government programs communicates an agency’s commitment to reducing energy consumption, protecting facilities, and protecting taxpayer dollars.

Author: National Home Performance Council
Publication Date: 2012

This report provides a comprehensive review of a wide range of problems and inconsistencies in current cost-effectiveness test practices, and recommends a range of best practices to address them.

Author: Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Publication Date: 2013

The Best Practices Self-Benchmarking Tool can be used to identify in your own programs their strengths, areas of improvement needed, and strategies for improving them, based on the results of the Best Practices Study.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Better Building Residential Program Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating a successful residential energy efficiency program. The template includes sections for all six program components (i.e., Market Position & Business Model, Program Design & Customer Experience, Evaluation & Data Collection, Marketing & Outreach, Financing, and Contractor Engagement & Workforce Development).

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Better Building Residential Program Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating a successful residential energy efficiency program. The template includes sections for all six program components (i.e., Market Position & Business Model, Program Design & Customer Experience, Evaluation & Data Collection, Marketing & Outreach, Financing, and Contractor Engagement & Workforce Development).

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Contractor Engagement & Workforce Development Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating your workforce activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Evaluation & Data Collection Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating your data collection and evaluation activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Financing Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating your financing activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Market Position & Business Model Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating your business planning activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Marketing & Outreach Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating your marketing and outreach activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

The Program Design & Customer Experience Implementation Plan Template will help you develop a strategy for planning, operating, and evaluating your program design activities.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This handout summarizes the key lessons learned regarding financing contained in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This handout summarizes the key lessons learned regarding marketing and outreach contained in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This handout summarizes the key lessons learned regarding program design contained in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2017

The Better Buildings Financing Navigator is a web-based tool designed to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects that meet their unique needs. Through the Financing Navigator, multi-family building owners, facility and energy managers, and other decision-makers can connect with financiers, including banks and financial institutions, to pursue energy-saving measures.

Author: BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2011

This report summarizes the results of five neighborhood sweeps, covering more than 2,000 households in Michigan.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This example guide was originally designed for grantees participating in U.S. DOE's Better Buildings program from 2010 - 2014 to ensure uniform, easily recognizable national identity of the Better Buildings brand. Pages 5-9 provide useful guidance for crafting messages. It also provides messaging examples.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This report serves as a resource for program administrators and building contractors who are or may be interested in starting or expanding their services into the residential energy efficiency market.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

Volume 1 of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Evaluation Report provides findings from a comprehensive impact, process, and market effects evaluation of the program period, spanning from September 2010 through August 2013.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

Volume 2 of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Evaluation Report comprises a measurement and verification process, as well as billing regression analysis on projects with sufficient utility bill data, to determine gross verified savings.

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