The Home Performance Coalition (HPC) was formed in 2014 as a merger between Affordable Comfort, Inc. and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC). Since that time, HPC has formed memorandums of understanding with four key organizations in the building performance industry, creating an umbrella organization with broad reach and influence on the construction of new homes and the home performance upgrade of existing homes. These organizations include: Home Energy magazine, Energy and Environmental Building Alliance, Efficiency First, and the Building Performance Institute.
This partnership offers great potential to address key technical and policy issues preventing the development of a vibrant home performance industry capable of delivering healthier and more energy efficient homes. This partnership builds on the strengths of each of the participating organizations.
The partnership outlined in the figure above is well positioned to create a strong home performance industry capable of meeting the energy, environmental and health challenges that confront the U.S. economy. As a collection of non-profit organizations, the partnership needs financial support in order to move expeditiously to help meet the nation’s energy, environmental and health goals. We have defined the following set of functional growth needs.
The Building Performance Institute is the nation's premier credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization for home performance professionals. Since 1993, BPI has been setting technical standards for home energy auditing and energy efficiency upgrades. BPI standards are developed using an open, consensus-based process built on sound building science. From these standards, BPI develops rigorous written and field exams leading to professional certifications for individuals, companywide credentials for BPI GoldStar Contractors and quality assurance services that help raise the bar in home performance contracting.
BPI certified professionals hold over 20,000 active certifications across the nation and in three foreign countries. More than 110 state, local and utility energy efficiency programs specify BPI credentials for participating contractors, to ensure quality. For more information, visit the BPI professional website at www.bpi.org.
As a cutting edge publication, Home Energy magazine continually evolves in tandem with changes in building science. The magazine's thorough coverage of all of the most relevant home performance news explains its strong readership renewal rate — more than 80%. As we advance into the new century, the field of home performance is expanding, and so is Home Energy.
The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) provides an invaluable platform for insight, collaboration and education. EEBA delivers unique and relevant, multi-platform educational resources with the intention to manifest sustainable and responsible building principles in the design, marketing and execution of the building process. For more information on EEBA, visit www.eeba.org.
As the national association for the home performance industry, Efficiency First supports home performance companies by providing an impactful voice in Washington, access to new educational and networking opportunities, and discounts on products and services.
With state and local chapters across the country, Efficiency First works with companies to retrofit America’s homes and bring them — and our economy — into the future. EF advocates for policies that accelerate the growth of the industry, creating huge opportunities for companies and delivering meaningful energy savings to homeowners. To learn more about this association, visit www.efficiencyfirst.org .