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Publications

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

This website for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program provides a virtual library of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for helping low-income families reduce energy costs.

Author: E4TheFuture; Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Publication Date: 2016

The report, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a survey of tens of thousands of businesses across the country, provides detailed breakdowns of clean energy jobs not available previously, and it was developed and released in connection with a major U.S. Department of Energy study of all energy jobs in America.

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

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

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

This document features lessons learned shared by Better Buildings Residential Network members during Peer Exchange Calls held during Autumn 2016.

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

This document features lessons learned shared by Better Buildings Residential Network members during Peer Exchange Calls held during Fall 2015.

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

This document features lessons learned shared by Better Buildings Residential Network members during Peer Exchange Calls held in Winter 2016.

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

This document features lessons learned shared by Better Buidlings Residential Network members during Peer Exchange Calls held during Spring 2016.

Author: Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: 2016

This blog post from Home Energy Magazine includes thirteen sales tips for home energy contractors.

Author: Rocky Mountain Institute; Building Performance Institute
Publication Date: 2016

This report, informed by leading research and real-world examples, highlights practical online and in-person tactics that contractors can use to promote social interaction and social comparison among homeowners to make energy upgrades a "must-have" in U.S. homes.

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

The goal of the Building Science Translator is to begin this process by providing a new glossary of ‘Power Words’ that can be used across the industry to consistently reinforce the value of high-performance homes. This includes applying this new language consistently to all consumer-facing materials used by government programs and industry alike.

Author: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Publication Date: 2015

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) developed this manual for use by contractors participating in their New York Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. The manual is intended to help contractors understand and navigate the HPwES program. It provides important information about HPwES program rules, opportunities, incentives, and forms. The manual is an example of a comprehensive contractor handbook in which programs will find many useful examples of forms, procedures, and other resources.

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

The purpose of this report is to demonstrate the potential for HEMS as an evolving avenue to deeper residential energy savings, and it explains, in detail, the variations and characteristics of HEMS; what the market is and who the major market players are; what the major barriers to implementation look like; and finally, it attempts to outline potential program solutions with HEMS at the core of the strategy.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2015

Among the many benefits ascribed to energy efficiency is the fact that it can help create jobs. Although this is often used to motivate investments in efficiency programs, verifying job creation benefits is more complicated than it might seem at first. This paper identifies some of the issues that contribute to a lack of consistency in attempts to verify efficiency-related job creation. It then proposes an analytically rigorous and tractable framework for program evaluators to use in future assessments.

Author: Karen L. Palmer and Margaret A. Walls, Resources for the Future
Publication Date: 2015

This article presents the results of a household survey that showed many homeowners have not had an energy audit, and many of those who have, have not followed through with recommended upgrades.

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

This document summarizes top takeaways shared by Better Buildings Residential Network members on Peer Exchange Calls, from tips to collaborating with utilities to cost-effective rebate models.

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

This Better Buildings Residential Network Partnerships Toolkit includes templates, tools, guides, and examples to help energy efficiency organizations engage in partnerships that leverage resources and strengthen their programs.

Author: Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: 2014

SEEA created this document to inform the planning, design and delivery of early-stage energy efficiency programs in the Southeast. This document captures general concepts essential to the successful development and implementation of robust program portfolios, as well as lessons learned from prior experience on the regional and national levels.

Author: RePower Bainbridge; Conservation Services Group; U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2014

This guide is designed to serve as a "how-to" reference for island communities (or small, similarly sized, more isolated communities) that want to develop and implement a residential energy-efficiency and conservation program. The purpose of this guide is to help communities chart a course for successful program development based on the lessons learned during implementation and operation of RePower Bainbridge, an energy-efficiency program on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Author: Green For All
Publication Date: 2014

This checklist of minimum standards for residential energy efficiency contractors draws from several existing high-performing energy efficiency programs.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program
Publication Date: 2014

This fact sheet, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), includes a comprehensive set of tools and resources aimed at enhancing the training and work quality standards to be utilized throughout the home energy upgrade industry.

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

This guide assists with developing an implementation plan for a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. It covers key elements of the plan, including the scope and objectives of the program and the policies and procedures that will ensure its success, including co-marketing and brand guidelines (section 1), workforce development and contractor engagement (section 3), assessment and report requirements (section 4), installation specifications and test-out procedures (section 5), and quality assurance (section 6).

Author: Amanda Hatherly, Santa Fe Community College
Publication Date: 2014

This article discusses alternative formats for training students on building science, energy assessments, and energy efficiency upgrade installation. These include using videos instead of class lectures, maximizing hands-on activities, using social learning, and learning from games.

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: 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: 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 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: California Center for Sustainable Energy; Home Performance Resource Center
Publication Date: 2012

This guide shows HVAC contractors how to get started in the home improvement market. It explains the approach of treating a house like a system and provides step-by-step instructions on setting up a home performance contracting business.

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

Guidelines for home performance professionals for quality work, effective training, and professional accreditation.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This report illustrates concrete ways in which energy efficiency has, in recent years, stimulated the creation of direct, indirect, and induced jobs. This report provides examples of job creation that have resulted from energy efficiency by profiling programs, policies, investments, partnerships, and business models that have catalyzed regional increases in employment.

Author: Leah Thayer, Home Performance Magazine
Publication Date: 2012

This article highlights contractors adding home performance to their HVAC businesses.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This paper focuses on two strategies to create quality careers and placement opportunities through deep green energy efficiency retrofits, namely joint labor-management apprenticeships and community workforce agreements.

Author: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Publication Date: 2012

This paper focuses on two strategies to create quality careers and placement opportunities through deep green energy efficiency retrofits, namely joint labor-management apprenticeships and community workforce agreements.

Author: Thomas Dolan, Home Performance Magazine
Publication Date: 2012

This article explores the opportunities for HVAC contractors to move into home performance and includes discussion from contractors and industry experts.

Author: Chicago Jobs Council
Publication Date: 2012

This document provides an overview for incorporating workforce development principles into projects.

Author: Climate Solutions
Publication Date: 2012

This report profiles the early results of a diverse range of small- to medium-sized American cities with different economic and energy profiles that are pioneering the clean energy economy. Many communities used federal grants to jumpstart long-term strategies to test and refine various clean energy and energy efficiency solutions. Others developed innovative financing strategies in the absence of grant money. These city-led efforts to catalyze local clean energy economic development are important to watch as federal grants sunset, especially in the absence of a comprehensive national energy or climate policy.

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: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

These standard work specifications define minimum requirements for upgrade work and can be used as an industry guide for workers, training instructors, and program administrators involved in the home performance industry.

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

This guide discusses the findings of research in moving existing companies, with a focus on HVAC, to deliver more comprehensive energy saving upgrade services. It also helps the industry understand the business processes and strategies for transitioning to such an approach.

Author: Mike Rogers, OmStout Consulting, LLC
Publication Date: 2012

This article and recruiting presentation highlights reasons why it makes sense for an HVAC contractor to move into home performance, and provides program staff with key touch points to consider in considering potential contractor partners.

Author: Innovation Network for Communities (Prepared for the Rockefeller Foundation)
Publication Date: 2011

This research report and slides provide a detailed segmentation of the building energy upgrade market and summarize market research on each segment. Market segments include single-family homes, multi-family homes, and several types of commercial and institutional buildings.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Clean Energy Policy Brief describes how adding sales skills to contractors' existing technical expertise helps convert more assessments into comprehensive home energy upgrades. It profiles Efficiency Maine's contractor sales training and includes a list of resources.

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

These protocols provide recommended minimum specifications and best practices for protection of occupant health associated with home energy upgrades.

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

This publication provides tips from Better Buildings Neighborhood partners on incentivizing contractors.

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

This publication includes best practices for how to create a quality assurance plan and the key components that these plans should include.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010

Flowcharts showing the key program elements (financing; workforce development; marketing and outreach; and data, evaluation; and reporting).

Author: Emerald Cities Planning Committee
Publication Date: 2010

This guide to Community Workforce Agreements is an appendix to the Road Map to Emerald Cities and provides a framework to use an innovation on the traditional Project Labor Agreement to give life and meaning to the social compact.

Author: Center for Wisconsin Strategies
Publication Date: 2010

A report examining workforce certifications, skills benchmarks, and credentialing efforts in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs nationwide and offering recommendations.

Author: Community Benefits Law Center
Publication Date: 2010

Summary of the standards that support job quality, equitable access and quality assurance in several residential energy efficiency programs from different parts of the country.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010

This report presents a review of selected home energy auditing tools. The energy audit tools reviewed in this study include REM/Rate, BEACON Home Energy Advisor, EnergyInsights, Home Energy Tune-uP, EnergyGauge, TREAT, the National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT), Home Energy Saver Professional (HESPro), and RealHomeAnalyzer.

Author: Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA International
Publication Date: 2010

This article discusses valuing high performance houses in the appraisal process.

Author: Michael Uniache, Yavapai Community College
Publication Date: 1994

This article discusses the content, structure, and educational techniques for designing an educational curriculum around energy efficient building and design. It includes an outline of classes in the syllabus and an assessment test used at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ.