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

This U.S. Department of Energy Focus Series  highlights the BetterBuildings for Michigan program’s community readiness assessment tool.

Author: BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2013

These outreach materials from BetterBuildings for Michigan include a photograph and quote from credible members of the Grand Valley State University (GSVU) community that served as early adopters for the program.

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

This Focus Series interview discusses the semester-long, employer-assisted partnership between BetterBuildings for Michigan and Grand Valley State University (GVSU). This successful partnership involved an early adopter outreach campaign and served as a model for other program partnerships.

Author: Richard Faesy and Chris Kramer, Energy Futures Group (Prepared for the Energy Foundation)
Publication Date: 2013

This report explores the approaches and research needs identified in the Building Retrofit Industry and Market (BRIM) Initiative through in-depth discussion with residential energy upgrade experts including a discussion of Marketing & Outreach and the program/contractor interface.

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

This publication summarizes some of the incentives offered by Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on sales training assistance programs for contractors.

Author: Mary Templeton, BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation on how Michigan Saves realigned its incentives to encourage more projects with significant energy savings potential.

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

This video explains how Better Buildings for Michigan's performance metrics and quality assurance enabled them to encourage high-performing contractors, to help underperforming contractors improve, and ultimately to dismiss some contractors.

Author: Mary Templeton, BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing the State of Michigan and Michigan Saves programs and tactics used to drive demand and enhance service delivery to make the program simpler for customers.

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

This video provides an overview of Better Buildings for Michigan's mentoring program for contractors, and the high value that contractors and the program gain from mentoring.

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

This fact sheet provides promising approaches for Better Buildings programs seeking to accelerate workforce development to support building energy upgrades. These approaches are organized by estimated level of effort and include rough estimates of cost ranges for implementation.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on how programs are devising plans for creating a contractor revenue stream and potential fee structures.

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

This case study discusses BetterBuildings for Michigan's targeted outreach campaigns which applied varying incentives and outreach strategies to neighborhoods with a goal to understand which rebates and strategies work best in the target communities.

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 presentation includes the brands, website addresses, and images for most of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners.

Author: BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2011

These BetterBuildings for Michigan mailers show satisfied program customers claiming they have the power to make changes and bring results by increasing the efficiency of their homes.

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

This case study describes an innovative program design used by BetterBuildings for Michigan to "sweep" neighborhoods in order to effectively reach its residential audience and achieve an 80% participation rate among those canvassed.

Author: BetterBuildings for Michigan
Publication Date: 2010

This branding guide was developed for BetterBuildings for Michigan staff so they can consistently use the program's look and feel, messages, and tone in marketing and outreach materials.