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1 Place name of trainer “We should have the policy of efficiency first” — Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont

2 Home Performance workforce coming together to: Inspire ideas: HOME STAR, REEP, Utility Data Access Advocate for solutions Partner with other stakeholders Produce industry-driven recommendations for program managers & state officials Create solutions for PACE, On Bill Financing Network & build industry locally Provide direct financial value to members Educate on company growth topics

3 Key Accomplishments HOME STAR, REEP, E-KNOW Bill 50 States, DC & Puerto Rico 20 Active State/Local Chapters The Resource Center Manufacturers Council 10 working groups composed of contractors & industry leaders Member Benefits: Discount business insurance, tech tools, Web development, conference registration

4 What is Efficiency First 10 Best Practices Working Groups 19 State and Local Chapters… And Growing 1,000 member companies The Voice of the Home Performance Industry: SEEAction National Home Performance Council State and local forums

5 Home Star Home Star – $6 billion rebate program to encourage rapid investment in home performance Would stimulate a strong market and increases consumer demand generating more business for your Home Performance contractor business Passed the House, pending in the Senate Already transforming the industry: State and local programs following HOME STAR’s lead, emphasizing performance and high standards For more information go to:

6 REEP Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance Direct incentives for efficiency improvements compared to the building’s previous energy use stimulating demand for home energy retrofits Government funded incentives what will cover up to 50% of the cost of retrofits – Generates more business for Home Performance contractors. Money will spur the home performance contractor industry and help Home Performance contractor businesses thrive across the nation.

7 State and Local Chapters The local voice for Home Performance Locally run, leveraging national support and resources Policy Advocacy and industry growth at the state and local level Local forums to network, share lessons learned, hear about growth opportunities Currently 19 chapters Actively recruiting chapters in all 50 states Allows members to take an active role in supporting the industry

8 State and Local Chapters EF Chapters At Work Massachusetts: Program redesign campaign for Mass Save Maryland: Industry recommendations for local HPwES program Michigan: Working closely with Michigan SAVES financing program Washington State: Local workforce development projects, California: Working for a smooth rollout of Energy Upgrade California

9 Best Practices Committee Policy research and education: Including 9 case studies and a best practices white paper Committee manages 10 working groups: Business Models Finance and Incentives Workforce Development Marketing Labor and Industry Real Estate Software and Technology Manufacturers Council Low Income Weatherization Multifamily Homes

10 Best Practices Committee September 2010 Business Models Developing two white papers In-home protocol on how to up-sell (December 2010) Guidelines for effective business practices – How to run a business 201/301 (December 2010) Finance and Incentives Create a list and compare detailed differences of financing mechanisms in play throughout the country Submitted PACE memo for state’s reallocating PACE funds – write alternatives for PACE Provide an Online introduction of financing models for contractors: energy efficient mortgages, direct lending and introduction of PACE alternatives Build a working relationship with FHFS in response to long-term planning for energy efficiency lending Track national PACE legislation, pending legal challenges, and FHFA negotiations Labor and Industry Creating synopses of stakeholder processes of energy efficiency retrofit programs nationwide – five completed Developing definition list of program design terms Outline an economic study on cost-benefit analysis of home performance programs

11 Best Practices Committee September 2010 Low-Income Weatherization Memo to weatherization agencies providing a blue print addressing training programs and current methods of spending (October 15, 2010) Position paper on low-income weatherization, in association with the Board of Directors (November 2010) Series of recommendations for weatherization programs: training, opening up to independent contractors Long-term financing post-Stimulus Manufacturers Council Creating liaisons between manufacturers and local and state chapters Organize training for contractors on how to engage in the state legislative process Creating documents to educate contractors about manufacturer’s needs Marketing Tri-fold brochure to be distributed to contractors in order to help them sell whole-house retrofits; in final graphic design stage Ongoing efforts to create greater presence on Wikipedia Define industry terms: partner w/ ACI, BPI, RESNET and additional entities to define industry terms to provide easier understanding to home owners Multi-Family Homes Developing white paper recommendations on multi-family home retrofits

12 Best Practices Committee September 2010 Real Estate Efficiency First position paper on labeling; drafts due 9/30 Working in conjunction with Finance and Incentives group on webinar Developing green MLS document and real estate retrofit network Develop an Efficiency First Webinar on Green MLS designed to educate contractors and EcoBrokers Work with local chapters to develop a connection to local real estate professionals to build political alliances and business referrals Educate chapter leaders on outreach to the real estate community, per the above Deliverable on issue that retrofits are not being recognized during appraisal Software and Technology Finalizing software standards matrix XML Developing a list of software out in the market and provide description of each FAQ’s – answering the most common software questions contractors might have Workforce Development Ensuring every chapter presents to its members pm workforce development presentation – Green Jobs in the Residential Energy Efficiency Industry Recently launched Home Performance job search database:

13 The Resource Center Nine (9) Case Studies on Existing Home Performance Programs White Paper & 4 sets of Recommendations in key program areas: Workforce Development, Finance & Incentives, Business Models, Program Marketing Next Steps: Deliver to ICLEI, League of Cities, DOE & EPA Webinars, etc.

14 The Resource Center Expand Working Groups: Real Estate & Labeling, Labor Relations, Industry Marketing, Software & Technical, Low Income Weatherization, Taking on the Tool Belt Recession Major report & Presentation on Workforce Development Non-Energy Benefits Conversation Rate Study

15 Upload Your Resume Search Jobs The only Home Performance specific job site To register, visit: Employers who wish to post job openings must be current members of Efficiency First

16 MEMBER BENEFITS Educational webinars on financing, online marketing, preparing for Home Star and more Discounts on training courses Discounts on infrared cameras & other tools Discounts on Web site design Company apparel Web design; Graphic Design Home Energy Magazine Lead referral sites like EnergySavvy Free Membership in EGIA (Electric & Gas Ind. Assoc.) InsurancePayroll SystemsDebt Collection And more to come… 16

17 Join Efficiency First Sign up here by filling out a membership form before you leave Or visit Membership for Home Performance Contractor or Allied Supporter Companies is only $250/year or $23/month Take advantage of the student limited membership level: $35/year, for those enrolled in and recently graduated from Home Performance training programs

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