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~	The 12 active states or metropolitan
areas in 2005 are New York,
Wisconsin, California, Massachusetts,
Missouri, Austin (TX), Atlanta (GA),
Idaho, New Jersey, Colorado, Rhode
Island, and Vermont
~	Quality assurance mechanisms to
be developed for organizations
interested in fielding their own
home contractors in 2006
~	Support for the Building
Performance Institute in developing
technician certification standards
~	Testing Home Performance with
ENERGY STAR as a delivery mode!
for affordable housing
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is one of the new home energy efficiency
services to be further developed and expanded by the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) under the new Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency.
This service is offered by qualified home improvement contractors who can
provide whole house solutions to high energy bills and uncomfortable homes.
Supported by local sponsors, the contractors offering this service will do a
comprehensive review of the home that includes its heating and cooling system,
windows, insulation levels, and the flow of air into and out of the house. Based on
these reviews, the contractors will offer solutions for fixing comfort problems and
addressing high energy bills. They may also undertake the needed renovations.
This integrated, comprehensive approach is based on industry best practices. Once
the home improvements are completed, the contractor's work will be reviewed by
the third-party sponsor to ensure a quality job.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is currently offered in 12 states with
growing success (see page 2 for examples of leading programs). Under this joint
initiative, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR will expand to more states. In
addition, the Agencies will work to standardize protocols for contractors' whole
house audits as well as technician certification and expand quality assurance
mechanisms to support the program nationally. Home Performance with ENERGY
STAR will be considered as a potential model for low income housing.
Benefits to Homeowners
Homeowners taking advantage of Home
Performance with ENERGY STAR will have a
new service available to them as they
consider making improvements to their homes, no matter whether they wish to
address comfort issues, reduce high energy bills, or remodel. This new service is
identified by the distinctive ENERGY STAR label—the government-backed symbol
for energy efficiency. It provides homeowners access to home professionals who
~	are trained and qualified to apply industry best practices in diagnosing home
energy issues and identifying home energy efficiency opportunities,
~	can perform the work that homeowners decide to undertake or recommend
other certified contractors,
~	can provide access to easy-to-use financing in some cases, and
~	will have the work quality verified by an independent third party.
With this new service, homeowners can have fewer winter drafts and cooler, more
comfortable rooms during summer heat waves while saving money on their
energy bills. Contractors and homeowners in the current program report total
energy savings of 25 percent to 50 percent.

Benefits to Contractors
Contractors offering Home Performance with
differentiate themselves to homeowners as businesses
providing comprehensive home energy solutions and
quality work, and
expand their businesses to include all aspects of energy
efficiency improvements.
This comprehensive service can mean larger jobs and
potentially higher margins, although it may require
learning new skills or teaming up with sub-contractors.
To support these contractors, EPA, DOE and HUD are
funding the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to
expand its technician certification and contractor
accreditation program nationally,
developing contractor protocols to audit and improve
a home, and
educating homeowners about the benefits of energy
efficiency and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
Benefits to Energy Efficiency
Program Sponsors
Utilities, state and local governments, and others that
implement energy efficiency programs as a means of
providing clean, low-cost reliable energy are finding Home
Performance with ENERGY STAR a cost-effective program.
Under the initiative, the Agencies will document and
promote this program as a cost-effective approach for
energy efficiency in the residential sector. The three federal
Agencies will also consider Home Performance with
ENERGY STAR as a delivery model for bringing energy
efficiency to low income communities through efforts
with HUD-related housing.
For More Information
For more information, please see the Partnerships for Home
Energy Efficiency summary document and visit
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has helped improve the efficiency of more than
8,000 homes through its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Homeowners have reaped substantial
savings, and the market has accepted a comprehensive, building science-based approach to improving homes.
Homeowners are willing to pay for real solutions, backed by quality assurance, so contractors are able to sustain
robust businesses based on delivering reliable information and quality work.
The Wisconsin Focus on Energy program has shown that remodeling contractors can be convinced of the value
of bringing in third-party home performance consultants to provide recommendations for, and independent
validation of the quality of, energy and comfort-related home improvements. Wisconsin helped improve more
than 1,000 homes in 2004 under Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
Austin Energy is enhancing its residential program by helping contractors qualify for certification by the Building
Performance Institute (BPI), thus establishing a recognizable credential for quality home energy-related
improvements. Austin's use of BPI serves as a national model for technician certification and contractor
accreditation, lending technicians credibility with homeowners in the market for retrofits. In 2004, Austin Energy's
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program helped improve 1,350 homes.
In a project funded by the California Public Utility Commission, the California Building Performance Contractors
Association has shown that contractors can successfully deliver services that embrace home performance
contracting principles and practices, even in the absence of special homeowner or contractor incentives or
rebates. This bolsters the immediate viability of the approach on a national scale, recognizing that the federal,
state, and utility support for such a program can help bring the approach to market more quickly. This Home
Performance with ENERGY STAR project based in the San Francisco Bay Area is anticipated to improve more
than 1,200 homes in 2005.