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Topical Presentations

Author: U.S. Department of Energy

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on working with multifamily and rental properties on energy efficiency programs. It features speakers from  American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Community Housing Partners, and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships.

Author: Opinion Dynamics Corporation
Publication Date: 2009

This presentation shares the findings of research conducted to determine a customer base for energy efficiency improvements developed by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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: Merrian Fuller, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2010

Presentation describing on-bill repayment programs and providing financing lessons learned.

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

This video provides an overview of what's involved in home energy assessments

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

This presentation discusses elements of developing an energy efficiency program marketing and communications strategy, including concepts to consider in a marketing plan.

Author: Jane Peters, Research Into Action, Inc.
Publication Date: 2010

This presentation covers the importance of collecting and evaluating program data, including data related to marketing efforts.

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

Presentation aimed at program administrators summarizing business model elements and their usage (i.e., governance, financial structure, assets & infrastructure, and customers).

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on a general overview and implementation plan of the PACE program.

Author: Jared Asch, Efficiency First
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation describes strategies for outreach to energy contractors and auditors, including contractor incentives.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to gather data for evaluation and reporting.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on aggregating, reporting and evaluating information.

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

This presentation provides ideas for the effective use of email communication for programs, including links to additional tools and resources for running a successful campaign.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges, advantages and keys of working with partners to obtain and maintain an effective workforce.

Author: Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation explaining the advantages and challenges of electric cooperatives, and discussing the implementation of an energy efficiency program operated by an electric cooperative in South Carolina.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on establishing the strategies, challenges and key topics related to financing for future peer exchange calls.

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

Provides a framework for designing a financial program that accounts for market needs and barriers to success.

Author: Jane Peters, Research Into Action, Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation describes steps programs can take to obtain useful feedback from customers regarding their programs.

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

This presentation introduces new users to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and how to get started with benchmarking.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This process guide includes information on capturing comments from open-ended survey questions and generating actionable items for program improvement.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on creating a dialogue between contractors, trainers and jobseekers about program design/implementation and results of workforce feedback.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on messaging and delivery strategies of those messages to low-income program participants. 

Author: Jeff Hughes, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2011

Outlines potential partnership structures for energy efficiency program administrators and financial institutions, and discusses strategies for negotiation and communication with financial partners.

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

This presentation is aimed at program administrators and describes business planning concepts such as program mission, vision, and goals.

Author: Chris Lohmann, U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation that provides a summary of the role financing plays within energy efficiency programs.

Author: Paul Cillo, Energy Efficiency Institute, Inc.
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation providing an overview of the PAYS financial model, including information on risks and how to manage them, and successful program examples using the PAYS model.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the background and features of the PowerSaver loan program.

Author: Chris Lohmann, U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation providing an overview of financing programs, a strategy for continuous improvement, tools for program management, a risk management strategy, and common risks associated with financing programs.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges and effective combinations of quality assurance strategies.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges and solutions to creating jobs, recruitment, training and retention of a workforce.

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

This presentation provides a list of resources and tips for running a social media campaign.

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

This peer exchange call focused on strategies and challenges related to multi-family programs.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on developing rebate/incentive programs to generate a demand for sustainable programs and products.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on what energy efficiency programs are doing to target low- and moderate-income households.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on different tenant and resident education programs and how to make them complement larger programs.

Author: Glenn Barnes, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 2011

Presentation aimed at program administrators that highlights the elements of an income statement, methods for forecasting costs and revenues, the importance of performance measurement, and potential revenue streams.

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

This webinar presented ways various programs use social media tools to enhance and promote their energy programs among their communities.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on available program interest rates and how to lower those rates.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the different types of evaluation methods for residential and commercial programs.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on establishing the challenges, strategies and key topics related to the workforce for future peer exchange calls.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on establishing the challenges, strategies and key topics related to working with utilities for future peer exchange calls.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on integrating income-qualified programs into neighborhood sweeps.

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

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

Author: Sam Flanery, Building Science Academy
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation describes the qualities and skills of successful home performance sales people.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on raising awareness and integrating the value of energy efficiency into transactions with the real estate sector.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to calculate and communicate program activities and results.

Author: Bill Garber, Appraisal Institute
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation discusses how appraisers assess green building elements in their real estate estimates.

Author: Jonathan Cohen, U.S. Department of Energy; Ryan Clemmer, Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit); Melanie Paskevich, NeighborWorks; Jay Karwoski, ICF International
Publication Date: 2012

This webcast includes slides and information on programs' use of concierge programs to support contractors. It highlights two program examples: Clean Energy Works Oregon (now Enhabit) and Vermont NeighborWorks.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the relationship between contract pricing and customers.

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

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

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

Presentation summarizing the important elements needed to induce and sustain contractor participation in home performance programs.

Author: Patrick Roche, Conservation Services Group
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation describing how Conservation Services Group uses data to monitor market transformation and for internal QA/QC purposes.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges, benefits, quality assurance methods and incorporation of do-it-yourself projects into programs.

Author: Megan Billingsley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation provides lessons to ensure effective incentive structures.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on best practices, entry points, strategies and challenges of program integration and participation in utility planning efforts.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to engage, grow and identify challenges of small contractor businesses.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on receiving and tracking data for evaluation.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the structure and recommendations for small commercial financing programs.

Author: Courtney Moriarta, SRA International, Inc.; Emily Levin, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Tiger Adolf, Building Performance Institute; Brad Geyer, Fayette County Better Buildings Initiative; Sammy Chu, Suffolk County Department of Labor; Sam Flanery, Building Science Academy
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation on five steps to building a profitable contractor base. The steps include sensible program design and administration, certification and credentialing, communicating with contractors, contractor requirements (business vs. trade), and training and sales support.

Author: Green For All
Publication Date: 2012

This report covers how to create high road standards and use the momentum of energy sector projects to create safe, well-paying, long-term careers for a diverse group of people. It includes case studies on Community Power Works in Seattle, Washington, and Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit's) efforts to use community high road agreements.

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

Presentation that discusses the Home Energy Score Program.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on how to receive and evaluate feedback from customers and contractors.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on multifamily information technology tools for project information, marketing, assessment, tracking and evaluation.

Author: Robin LeBaron, National Home Performance Council
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation about the pro forma to evaluate the impact of program marketing on contractor revenue developed by the National Home Performance Council.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges, opportunities and solutions of program sustainability.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on grant funding investments, program design and revenue streams in the post-grant period.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on developing field training and mentoring programs for newly hired contractors.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on adapting and adjusting financing strategies after a program was implemented.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on effective program evaluation and incorporating changes into programs based off evaluation insight.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on planning and conducting evaluations.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the advantages, challenges, creation and management of regional networks.

Author: Chris Kramer, Energy Futures Group
Publication Date: 2012

Presentation on the key programmatic elements of financing initiatives.

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 peer exchange call summary focused on timing program demand with seasonal fluctuation (e.g., contractor schedules, seasonal lulls).

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on strategies and challenges of getting household energy data.

Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on the challenges and strategies for marketing commercial financial products and attracting financial institutions.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on strategies and challenges of working with rental property owners and tenants on multifamily upgrades.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on activities to streamline service delivery to customers.

Author: Jonathan Doochin, U.S. Green Data Inc.
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation highlights research from U.S. Green Data showing that it is important to pique consumers' interest with incentives, but that their effectiveness can be maximized by making them simple, focusing on people "ready to purchase," and educating consumers about the value of energy efficiency.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on leveraging effective partnerships for multi-family and low-income outreach and service delivery.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on assisting contractors with working capital and the coordination of financing strategies.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on strategies, challenges and opportunities in working with condominium owners and associations.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on the strategies, challenges and key interaction points with the real estate sector.

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: 2013

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

Author: Bonneville Power Administration; Snohomish County Public Utility District; Puget Sound Energy; Clark County Utilities
Publication Date: 2013

This presentation describes behavior-based energy efficiency programs and the results of the implementation of pilots from the Snohomish County PUD, Puget Sound Energy, and Clark Public Utilities. These program design features included home energy reports, web portals, and social media platforms.

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

This peer exchange call summary focused on bond funding.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on energy benchmarking and building disclosure policies.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the benefits of community assessments and strategies for gathering information.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on state policies that help promote energy efficiency.

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

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on shared funding arrangements with contractors.

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: 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: 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.

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: 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.

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