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

An interactive website that provides residential building professionals with access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance design and construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

Efficiency Maine developed this online portal, where many of its program forms are available for download (e.g., program overviews and manuals, participation agreements, and related application materials).

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on energy advising and concierge services without American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants.

Author: Resources for the Future
Publication Date: 2013

This study looks at evidence of capitalization of energy efficiency features in home prices using data from real estate multiple listing services (MLS) in three metropolitan areas: the Research Triangle region of North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Oregon. These home listings include information on Energy Star certification and, in Portland and Austin, local green certifications. Our results suggest that Energy Star certification increases the sales prices of homes built between 1995 and 2006 but has no statistically significant effect on sales prices for newer homes.

Author: Xcel Energy
Publication Date: 2013

Flier that summarizes energy efficiency financing offered by Xcel Energy's financing partners.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2013

This policy brief presents a program typology and standardized data metrics for assessing energy efficiency program characteristics, costs, and impacts. Based on a review of nationwide regulatory filings, the research serves as part of an effort to analyze the cost per unit of savings for utility customer-funded energy efficiency programs. The paper discusses the program categories and definitions, which are based primarily on review of several years of annual energy efficiency reports from 108 program administrators in 31 states for approximately 1,900 unique programs.

Author: Energy Impact Illinois
Publication Date: 2013

Matrix of participating lenders and associated loan information.

Author: Energy Impact Illinois
Publication Date: 2013

Flyer for contractors that explains the EI2 loan program and loan eligibility criteria.

Author: Energy Impact Illinois
Publication Date: 2013

Flyer for contractors that explains the steps needed to complete the EI2 loan process.

Author: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: 2013

This report provides an independent analysis of the job creation impact of DOE's investment in energy efficiency programs, from 2010 to 2013. The analysis calculates the job creation results that would have occurred in the Southeast, based on the prevailing economic conditions from 2010 to 2013, had DOE invested in sectors other than energy efficiency.

Author: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: 2013

This report provides an independent analysis of the economic performance of SEEA's 13-city, U.S. Department of Energy-funded energy efficiency upgrade consortium from 2010 to 2013. It estimates the net impacts of SEEA's energy efficiency programs on the economy of the southeast region as a whole, and on the economies of the states with participating programs.

Author: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: 2013

This report demonstrates the results achieved to date by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. It highlights the experiences of Consortium programs, their successes driving further investments in energy efficiency improvements, and the challenges that hindered their progress. It also details the infrastructure, resources, and opportunities that support the deployment of energy efficiency programming, and the approaches that the Consortium has found best suited to the region.

Author: ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: 2013

The Brand Book describes the implementation of the ENERGY STAR® logo for ENERGY STAR partners that are labeling a product, new home, or building that has earned the ENERGY STAR. The Brand Book also provides information about designing a new outreach campaign and using the ENERGY STAR® logo to communicating the program's commitment to energy efficiency.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2013

This resource is designed to help new users to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager get started with benchmarking.

Author: Opinion Dynamics Corporation
Publication Date: 2013

This study of Energy Upgrade California aims to: establish baseline consumer brand awareness; understand consumer associations with the brand; and understand consumer awareness of energy management and bill savings opportunities and barriers to taking action on those opportunities.

Author: Extractable
Publication Date: 2013

This study reviews consumer-facing energy-focused websites and their related assets to provide a comprehensive roadmap for website development to transform and optimize the Energy Upgrade California web portal to better support the program efforts facilitating consumer and small business participation.

Author: EnergySmart
Publication Date: 2013

Example survey about a homeowner's experience with a visit from an energy advisor as part of EnergySmart in Boulder County, Colorado.

Develop evidence-based insights into your program’s performance through third-party process and impact evaluations. Learn how to develop effective data collection strategies and timely evaluations to identify important program achievements as well as opportunities for making program improvements.

Author: Opinion Dynamics Corporation
Publication Date: 2013

This report presents the results of an independent evaluation of Efficiency Maine Trust's Residential Direct Install Program for Fiscal Year 2013.

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

This guide provides a snapshot of the federal finance facilities available for energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy deployment. The guide is organized by market segment, and also includes a table that presents each finance facility by type of instrument along with the federal agency that administers the program.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2013

This report is the first comparative analysis of utility-run behavior programs. It lays the groundwork for further program development by developing a classification scheme, or taxonomy, that sorts programs into discrete categories. This study counted 281 such programs, many with multiple iterations, offered by 114 energy providers and third parties between 2008 and 2013. After sorting programs by distinguishing features such as delivery channel and incentive type, the study arrived at 20 major program categories grouped in three large families: Cognition Programs, Calculus Programs, and Social Interaction Programs.

Determine how your target audience currently funds energy efficiency services, to what extent upfront cost is a barrier, and whether improvements to their financing options would increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures.

Establish an evaluation plan that will allow you to determine how your financing activities are impacting the market.

Develop a plan to implement your financing activities, with defined roles for financial institution partners, contractors, customers, and your program.

Identify and partner with financial institutions that can provide capital, underwriting, and other functions to enable your customers to access financing.

Determine if enhancements to existing financing products or the development of new products are necessary to allow you to achieve your goals and objectives.

Ensure that your program’s customers will have access to affordable financing, so they can pay for the services you offer.

Establish goals, objectives, and timeframes for your financing activities.

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

This case study discusses Energy Impact Illinois' marketing evolution from a broad outreach campaign to a Òhouse partyÓ approach that brought Chicago homeowners, neighbors, and friends together to learn about energy efficiency opportunities, while increasing demand for home energy assessments and upgrades.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2013

This report develops projections of future spending on, and savings from, energy efficiency programs funded by electric and gas utility customers under three scenarios through 2025.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2013

This report provides an overview of the fundamentals of energy efficiency financing program planning and design and provides tools for deciding the objectives and mechanics of EE financing initiatives. The report walks policymakers and program administrators through key questions that must be resolved to better understand what efficiency financing can be reasonably expected to achieve, and for whom.

Author: Sustainable Endowments Institute; Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Publication Date: 2013

This guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other institution.

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

This guide introduces the Community Energy Strategic Plan (CESP) approach, a step-by-step process for creating a robust strategic energyÊ plan. The guide offers tools and tips to complete each step and highlights examples from successful planning efforts around the country.

Author: Central Electric Power Cooperative
Publication Date: 2013

This case study highlights the Help My House Pilot Program conducted in South Carolina by Central Electric Power Cooperative that included on-bill financing.

Author: University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital - Institute for Market Transformation
Publication Date: 2013

Study examining actual loan performance data to assess whether residential energy efficiency is associated with lower default and prepayment risks. Results show that default risks are on average 32 percent lower in energy-efficient homes, controlling for other loan determinants.

Author: Institute for Market Transformation
Publication Date: 2013

This study examines actual loan performance data obtained from CoreLogic, the lending industry’s leading source of such data. To assess whether residential energy efficiency is associated with lower default and prepayment risks, a national sample of about 71,000 ENERGY STAR and non-ENERGY STAR-rated single-family home mortgages was carefully constructed, accounting for loan, household, and neighborhood characteristics. The study finds that default risks are on average 32 percent lower in energy-efficient homes, controlling for other loan determinants.

Author: Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: 2013

This web-based database, created by Home Energy home performance magazine, enables users to search for training programs nationwide. Users can filter training programs by weatherization training areas, BPI certifications, and more.

Author: Michigan Saves
Publication Date: 2013

This loan loss reserve fund agreement sets the terms and conditions of the loan loss reserve fund between Michigan Saves and partnering lenders.

Author: UtilityExchange.org; Building Performance Institute
Publication Date: 2013

This paper first details industry best practices for contest administration, including tips for developing an overall contest plan and timeline, product sponsor recruitment, building a dynamic informational website, maximizing customer participation, selecting the winning home, seamless installation management, capturing and documenting project results, conducting a high profile media open house and facilitating customer workshops that educate homeowners and strengthen trade ally relationships. This paper then presents results and key lessons learned from more than 20 contests supported with funds from local community sustainability programs, utility energy efficiency programs, and U.S. Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds between 2008 and 2012.

Author: Mike Rogers, OmStout Consulting, LLC
Publication Date: 2013

This blog post summarizes key elements of program design that relate to encouraging contractor participation and facilitating contractor and program success.

Author: Navigant, Inc.
Publication Date: 2013

This report presents impact evaluation results for the Energy Savers program for large multi-family buildings. The Energy Savers program is run by CNT Energy and Community Investment Corporation. Initiated in January 2008 and now in its fifth year of existence, the Energy Savers program involves a variety of services to promote energy efficiency improvements for multi-family residential buildings of 5-50 units in the affordable housing market segment.

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

Philadelphia EnergyWorks helped sustain future programs by sharing marketing insights and program data with a local utility partner.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2013

This paper describes the changes in indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions (air quality and thermal comfort conditions) from health and home performance improvements in 16 apartments serving low-income populations within three buildings in different California climates and seasons.

Author: The University of Texas at Austin
Publication Date: 2013

This presentation shares the results of the Austin Energy Poll, including insights on U.S. consumer opinions and attitudes toward energy efficiency, climate change, energy consumption, pricing, development, and regulation.

Author: Research Into Action, Inc.
Publication Date: 2013

Over the past 30 years, program administrators have concentrated on investment behavior change -- that is getting their customers to install things like insulation and lighting systems using various behavior change tools such as marketing, education, rebates, and technical assistance to support the investment behavior change. Today, as program administrators move to expand the range of behavior change strategies in their portfolios, it is often difficult to know where to begin. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) began by detailing the range of behavior change strategies and identifying strategic opportunities.

Author: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Research Into Action, Inc.
Publication Date: 2013

This report from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) details the range of behavior change strategies in the existing portfolio and identifies strategic opportunities in the area of behavior change.

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: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2013

This report presents the results of ACEEE's third national review or utility-funded energy efficiency programs, completed in 2013. The report identifies and profiles 63 leading programs that span the wide array of program types offered to utility customers, and highlights key trends and observations that emerged from reviewing these programs.

Author: Local Energy Alliance Program
Publication Date: 2013

This annual report summarizes the program's accomplishments in 2012, including the number of home upgrades, the cumulative amount of private investment leveraged for energy efficiency improvements, cumulative annual cost savings for building owners, and jobs created. It also includes testimonials from LEAP customers.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on lender-based fees and sharing costs with lending partners.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the performance of on-bill financing compared to other financing programs.

Lessons Learned: Measuring Program Outcomes and Using Benchmarks
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013
Presentation, Media

This webcast discusses how to measuring program outcomes and use benchmarks.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the strategies and challenges of using holidays and other seasonal events to market energy assessments and upgrades.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on gathering and communicating loan performance data.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2013

The downloadable Self-Scoring Tool gives you the ability to score the energy efficiency efforts of your community and compare it against your peers. By answering a series of questions, you will obtain a numerical score indicative of your community’s progress toward enacting and implementing sound energy programs and policies.

Survey existing and potential demand for energy efficiency products and services based on an understanding of policies, housing and energy characteristics, demographics, related initiatives and other market actors.

Create your organization’s business plan, which describes how your operational and financial structure will support the delivery of energy efficiency services.

Define your business model, including market position, products and services, type of customers, financial model, governance structure, and the assets and infrastructure your organization needs.

Identify and engage organizational partners in your business model design.

Identify your organization's preferred market position by assessing existing market actors, gaps, competitors, and potential partners.  Develop a business model that will allow you to deliver energy efficiency services.

Establish or update your organizational mission, vision, and goals to encompass energy efficiency programs.

Identify and prioritize potential target audiences based on their likely receptivity to your program's services.

Communicate marketing and outreach results internally and to partners.

Implement marketing and outreach activities in coordination with other program components to generate demand for your program's services.

Develop a plan and metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing and outreach strategies. 

Develop a marketing and outreach plan that details your strategies and tactics, workflows and timelines, staff roles and responsibilities, and budget.

Create your program's branding guidelines and materials to elevate program visibility and support your marketing and outreach efforts.

Establish relationships with organizations that will assist with program marketing and outreach.

Decide on priority target audience segments, messages, and incentives that will motivate customers.

Spur consumer demand for your program's services by understanding your target audience and motivating them to act using effective messaging, marketing and outreach tactics, and attractive program offers.

Establish specific marketing and outreach goals, objectives, targets, and timeframes.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on combining energy efficiency and health services.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on loan product structure and using market research to identify candidates for upgrades of occupied commercial buildings.

Author: Energy Center of Wisconsin (now Seventhwave)
Publication Date: 2013

The study was completed on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Commerce to characterize energy use in the state's multifamily sector and to identify untapped energy efficiency opportunities. Working with Franklin Energy, the field study gathered characteristic data for 120 representative buildings across the state as well as survey data of both building owners and tenants. Using this data as well as a utility billing analysis, the Energy Center of Wisconsin (now Seventhwave) developed an in-depth characterization for a hard-to-reach sector in Minnesota that had not been, up until this point, studied to this degree.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on moving from assessments to upgrades in multifamily buildings.

Author: Green For All
Publication Date: 2013

The MPower Toolkit provides templates, resources, and lessons learned to address the barriers faced by the affordable multifamily housing sector when accessing energy efficiency upgrades. The toolkit is also intended for all stakeholders involved in efficiency programs, including efficiency program administrators, state and local leaders, utilities, energy consultants, and financial partners. MPower's core model is useful for all building types. In addition, the toolkit’s chapters are broken out into segments that highlight information and innovations that many efficiency programs are incorporating into their own models. The toolkit is a resource for all practitioners involved in implementing MPower and also serves to assist practitioners of other established efficiency programs. The MPower Toolkit draws from the experience of MPower Oregon, although it differentiates between the core MPower model and how MPower Oregon implemented this model.

Author: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Publication Date: 2013

The document provides best practices and guidance for conducting the energy analysis required for multifamily (MF) building energy improvement projects funded by the various programs of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The intended audience includes energy auditors, building owners and operators, contractors, designers, architects, engineers, and energy efficiency consultants and program staff.

Author: Energy Programs Consortium (EPC)
Publication Date: 2013

This Energy Programs Consortium report identifies barriers that have been found to increase investment in low income multi-family housing as well as current efforts to address those barriers and increase building owner investment. This report also identifies strategies for deploying public and provide sector resources that can be used to increase the effectiveness of current efforts to address energy efficiency barriers in the low income multi-family housing sector.

Author: Enterprise Community Partners
Publication Date: 2013

The toolkit distills Enterprise's experience retrofitting multifamily affordable housing into the critical steps necessary for success. It is a roadmap for multifamily housing owners, investors, and developers which outlines a comprehensive, cost-effective approach to retrofit.

Author: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 2013

This report provides the results of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency-sponsored 2013 ENERGY STAR Household Survey, which collects national data on consumer recognition, understanding, and purchasing influence of the ENERGY STAR label, as well as data on messaging and product purchases.

Author: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Publication Date: 2013

Links to residential projects completed under NYSERDA's Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) program.

Author: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Publication Date: 2013

Links to case studies of residential projects and contractors under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)'s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Author: Green For All
Publication Date: 2013

This report highlights program and policy attributes that enable successful on-bill programs based on analysis of four program case studies.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the features and eligibility of the PowerSaver Loan Program. 

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on how to create and track program benchmarks.

Author: National Housing Trust
Publication Date: 2013

This guide outlines opportunities and strategies to overcome obstacles preventing utility-sponsored investments in multifamily affordable housing through collaboration between the housing and utility sectors.

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

The objective of this document is to help state and local governments understand the role of program administrators (PAs) and assist them in developing successful partnerships with utility and other energy efficiency PAs. The majority of this paper presents information on partnering and leveraging current energy efficiency activities. However, it also includes information for governments in areas without active PAs, as well as an appendix with a case study describing how state and local governments can fill gaps and administer programs in the absence of a PA.

Author: Research Into Action, Inc.
Publication Date: 2013

This document presents the findings from the preliminary impact evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP). The overall objective of the preliminary impact evaluation was to develop independent, quantitative estimates of BBNP's economic impacts and energy savings for projects completed from the onset of programmatic activities through 2012.

Preliminary Impact Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
Author: Jeff Dowd, U.S. Department of Energy; Ed Vine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2013
Presentation

This presentation discusses the preliminary impact evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, including program processes and what program elements are most successful in inducing market changes that will result in sustainable savings.

Preliminary Process and Market Evaluation: Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2013
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast provided an overview of the preliminary process and market evaluation completed for the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the benefits and challenges of program automation.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on how to market energy efficiency as a socially responsible investment. 

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the challenges, strategies and advantages of  operating as a prime contractor.

Author: Rachael P Fredericks, PSE&G
Publication Date: 2013

This presentation provides an overview of PSE&G's Multifamily Housing Program, highlighting drivers, incentive structure, results, and lessons learned.

Author: John Shenot, Regulatory Assistance Project
Publication Date: 2013

This presentation answers the questions of why and how to quantify the air quality impacts of energy efficiency policies and programs.

Author: Regulatory Assistance Project
Publication Date: 2013

This report provides an introduction for air quality regulators to data sources and methods for quantifying the air quality impacts of energy efficiency policies and programs.

Raising Investment Funds for Clean Energy Programs & Working with Financial Institutions
Author: Peter Meyer, The E.P. Systems Group, Inc.; Glenn Barnes and Jennifer Weiss, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2013
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast provided a broad picture of possibilities for providing energy efficiency financing, and presented guidance on working with financial institutions.

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: Energy Efficiency Screening Coalition
Publication Date: 2013

The purpose of this position paper is to introduce a new framework efficiency screening designed to address know problems with cost-effectiveness tests.

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Publication Date: 2013

Low-income tenants bear a particularly large burden for energy costs. Because their costs nearly equal those of higher income renters, energy accounts for larger shares of their incomes and overall housing costs. In 2011, more than one-fourth of all renter households had incomes below $15,000. These lowest-income renters devoted $91 per month to tenant paid utilities, while renters with incomes above $75,000 paid $135.

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