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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
By: Brian T. Castelli, President and CEO, Home Performance Coalition
Fall is a busy time of year for everyone as this time of transition marks children heading back to school, the changing colors of the season and more. Here at the Home Performance Coalition, we are transitioning on the conference side of our work from planning to action, with two of our regional conferences occurring this fall within two weeks of each other: the 2015 ACI Mid-Atlantic Regional Home Performance Conference in Cherry Hill, NJ on Oct. 20-21, followed by the 2015 ACI California Regional...Read More
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Cynthia Swaim is the Program Design + Manager at Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade at SoCalGas. We recently spoke to her about her experience in managing programs, the residential energy efficiency industry’s future and more. EE Insights is a regular feature in the HPC Insider designed to maintain the conversations that begin at our regional and national conferences. To join the conversation, visit our Facebook page and comment on this story, or join us on Twitter @HPCTweets and use the hashtag #HPCEEInsights. Interested in being a...Read More
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
By Brian T. Castelli, President and CEO, Home Performance Coalition
The Home Performance Coalition and our partners are playing integral roles in the action that is taking place in residential energy efficiency across the country. As our coalition builds, our industry grows stronger. President Obama recently announced a robust set of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America’s transition to cleaner sources of energy and ways to cut energy waste. A White House press release states: “These actions build on state leadership, all across America, to continue...Read More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
President and CEO of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Ruth Ann Norton recently took the time to share her thoughts on the residential energy efficiency industry, healthy homes and more. The Home Performance Coalition is dedicated to strengthening the residential energy efficiency industry and one way we can accomplish this is by fostering conversations that inspire growth across all professions in the field. We want to hear from you – what are your challenges and goals? What is your vision for the future of the industry? We will continue to discuss these issues in this...Read More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
On Monday, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. According to a White House press release, the final Clean Power Plan sets flexible standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, which is nine percent more ambitious than the original proposal. The plan also allows states additional time to submit their final plans -- two additional years and a...Read More
Monday, July 27, 2015
Over the past two years, energy efficiency programs and software developers have been using the new “HPXML” data standards to become more efficient and to launch new projects.
The HPXML standards have the potential to transform the residential energy efficiency industry, and they are beginning to deliver on that promise. Programs and contractors have been able to cut costs, create new business processes, and provide consumers with more information by using software that leverages the HPXML standards.
In New York, Arizona, California, and many other...Read More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
When Brendan Thomas decided to volunteer at the 2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference in Detroit, he had no idea that he’d land a new job in the industry by the end of the week.
“I had talked to the head of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association and he introduced me to my current boss during one of the coffee breaks at the conference,” Thomas said. “It worked. We got to talking and there was a fit for my capabilities here. I actually had my interview the last day of the conference. Right after the conference ended, I drove over.”
Thomas grew up in the...Read More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Home Performance Coalition is dedicated to strengthening the residential energy efficiency industry and one way we can accomplish this is by fostering conversations that inspire growth across all professions in the field. We want to hear from you – what are your challenges and goals? What is your vision for the future of the industry? Let's talk about those topics and more as we work together to build a strong collective future. Today, check out a conversation we had with Mike MacFarland of Energy Docs Home Performance in California.
When did you get into the energy...Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2015
The Home Performance Coalition has recently been alerted by an exhibitor that an unauthorized third party has contacted them claiming to be our official hotel coordinator for our upcoming regional conferences, offering to secure hotel rooms.
Please be advised that this is a scam. The Home Performance Coalition has not authorized anyone to represent us, nor do third parties have access to book rooms at either of the host hotels on our behalf. To book a room at an upcoming regional conference, please use the following information...Read More
Monday, June 29, 2015
The Home Performance Coalition questioned recent criticisms of residential low-income programs after a report was issued last week, causing an industry-wide conversation about the Weatherization Assistance Program.
“The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is critical to providing healthy, energy-efficient housing for low-income families across the country,” said Brian Castelli, President and CEO of the Home Performance Coalition. “Recent criticisms of this program in the E2e Project report fail to recognize the full value of energy efficiency programs. By weighing only the costs...Read More
Monday, June 29, 2015
The Home Performance Coalition is dedicated to strengthening the residential energy efficiency industry and one way we can accomplish this is by fostering conversations that inspire growth across all professions in the field. We want to hear from you – what are your challenges and goals? What is your vision for the future of the industry? Let’s talk about those topics and more as we work together to build a strong collective future. Nate Adams of Energy Smart Home Performance in Ohio is the first professional featured in this new column.
When did you get into...Read More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A few weeks ago, I launched this column by discussing the importance of collaboration across the organizations that work to support the residential energy efficiency industry.
In our coalition work, it's also critical to have the support of the companies serving a wide range of stakeholders across the country. While serving our own industry’s members of home performance contracting businesses, weatherization professionals, program administrators and more, these organizations – many of which we are happy and grateful to call sustaining sponsors – are serving residents across the...
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
As ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standards became more mainstream, Rick Karg is determined to help home performance professionals gain the knowledge needed not only to meet the minimums - but to surpass them.
“The ASHRAE standard is being adopted by more and more programs,” Karg said. “More and more states are adopting it as code. It’s becoming more of a mainstream issue as we build houses tighter. There is the phrase, ‘Build tight, ventilate right.’ It captures it.”
Karg of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) is instructing a unique online education program being spearheaded by a...Read More
Monday, June 15, 2015
By: Brian T. Castelli, President & CEO, Home Performance Coalition
The Home Performance Coalition’s focus on individual states is a key component of our work. With this approach, we believe we can effect change where the rubber meets the road. I will often focus on this work within my column, and if you don’t live in the particular state I am discussing (today it happens to be Pennsylvania…), you may not be aware of an issue that could adversely impact the residential retrofit market in your state. Further, it could give you an idea for new ideas or initiatives which you could...Read More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The following column appeared in the 5.27.15 edition of the Home Performance Insider, HPC's weekly newsletter. To subscribe, click here.
By: Brian T. Castelli, President & CEO, Home Performance Coalition
Greetings! As President and CEO of the Home Performance Coalition, I am happy to announce that I will be sharing my latest thoughts on our work in the industry with a new column that will appear every other week in our regular newsletter. I look forward to the discussions we will engage in as a result!
For this first installment of my column, I want...Read More
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. Partners will focus on expanding awareness of homes’ energy efficiency and streamlining the processes used to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes. The Home Performance Coalition is proud to have joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and is committed to strengthening the energy efficiency industry through policy work and conference education.
The Better Buildings...Read More
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The HPXML Implementation Guide for Program Administrators and Software Developers is now live on DOE’s ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/hpxml. This guide will significantly help the second generation of HPXML implementers launch. Gavin Hastings, Noel Merket, and HPC’s own Senior Advisor for Policy and Research Robin LeBaron crafted these very important and helpful guides.
“The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Team developed the HPXML Implementation Guide to help program administrators and software developers integrate HPXML into their operations and...Read More