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1 1 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov1 Delivering Whole House Solutions Federal Efforts Ely Jacobsohn Building Technologies Program U.S. Department of Energy September 21, 2010

2 2 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Source: McKinsey, Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy, 2009 U.S. spends $1.1 Trillion per year on energy EFFICIENCY IS A RESOURCE. If the U.S. became 20% more efficient, it would: Save more than $200 billion annually Improving Efficiency

3 3 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov GOAL To retrofit 1.3 million homes by 2013 Federal Perspective on Whole House Retrofits

4 4 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov 127 million U.S. households Imagine retrofitting 5-10 million homes each year Source: U.S. Census IMAGINE… Efficient Homes

5 5 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Federal Perspective on Whole House Retrofit May, 2009: Vice President Biden called on the Council of Environmental Quality to develop a plan for Federal action to lay the architecture for a self-sustaining home energy efficiency retrofit industry. Recovery Through Retrofit

6 6 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Recovery Through Retrofit (RTR) agencies developing: –A national home energy performance measure –An energy performance label for homes –National workforce certification & standards guidelines –Support for state revolving loan funds, improved access to EE through mortgage products Overview

7 7 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Consumer Information Consumers do not have access to straightforward and reliable information. Worker Certification & Training Consumers need access to clearly identifiable skilled workers Worker Certification & Training Consumers need access to clearly identifiable skilled workers Financing Homeowners need access to financing to pursue investments in EE New Delivery Models Need residential retrofit programs with faster uptake / lower transaction costs New Delivery Models Need residential retrofit programs with faster uptake / lower transaction costs Innovation / Market Segment Focus Need to address new technology, low income, multifamily, etc, Motivate Homeowners and Improve Supply of High Quality Services & Access to Financing Residential Retrofits: Addressing Market Barriers

8 8 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov National Home Energy Score –Asset based home assessment –Voluntary Provides –Score based on a number of house characteristics –Recommendations for home improvements –Estimate of savings from cost-effective improvements –Recommendation to get further detail from certified home auditor Offered by qualified assessor Administered by partnering organization(s) Supported by –Web site information –Registry to store score information about homes for public viewing Available for piloting this Fall Consumer Information Recommendation of the Vice President’s Middle Class Task Force

9 9 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Homeowners and contractors need an inexpensive but accurate tool Tool Must be credible, reliable and replicable provide transparent information and be easy to understand implementation costs must be affordable Program must include effective quality assurance Home Performance Measures for Existing Homes DRAFT

10 10 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Key Elements WORK Standard Work Specifications: Enable programs to strengthen field guides /manuals Technical standards reference guide: Catalogue of standards developed by industry or third-party organizations WORKFORCE Job Task Analyses: Assist training providers with course content and curricula for »Energy Auditor, Installer/Technician, Crew Chief, and Quality Assurance Professional/Inspector Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: A foundation upon which to base worker credentials; increase workforce mobility up career ladders and across career lattices Next Steps Public comment Fall, 2010 Deploy through WAP and other grantees (eg “Better Buildings”) Lay foundation for robust worker certification and training program accreditation Build confidence with consumers and EE finance community that retrofit work delivers expected benefits Workforce Development: Voluntary National Home Retrofit Guidelines Recommendation of the Vice President’s Middle Class Task Force

11 11 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov No comprehensive set of standards for entire range of whole- home energy retrofit interventions BPI Technical Standards and WAP Field Guides = Assortment of technical standards, core competencies, work protocols, and best practices WAP community, home performance industry, consumers, lenders, manufacturers, and retrofit program administrators all looking for consistent national standards Time for Federal leadership and industry partnership Why National Guidelines?

12 12 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov12eere.energy.gov National Residential Retrofit Guidelines - WORK Standard Work Specifications * Work Protocols Best Practices Technical Standards * Developed By Companies, retrofit crews, or individuals Retrofit program administrators or individual companies Technicians and retrofit industry representatives (including building trades, manufacturers, and building scientists) Industry or third-party standards development organizations—for example, ASHRAE, ASTM, and BPI Description Techniques, methods, or processes believed to be the most efficient and effective way of meeting the Standard Work Specifications Sets of guidelines or rules that govern work procedures and often invoke Technical Standards Define the performance requirements for high quality work and minimum conditions needed to achieve desired outcomes Define safety, materials, installation, and application standards relevant to residential retrofits * National Residential Retrofit Guidelines Draft Deliberative, For Discussion Purposes Only, Not for Citation

13 13 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov13eere.energy.gov National Residential Retrofit Guidelines - WORKFORCE Job Task Analysis * Essential KSAs * Certification Developed By Accredited Personnel Certification Entities Retrofit technicians, trainers, and program officials with professional psychometricians Retrofit technicians, trainers, and program officials with professional psychometricians Description Evaluation/assessment of skill standards in accordance with ANSI Standard for Personnel Certification (or equivalent) Minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities that workers should possess to perform high quality work Identifies and inventories a job’s critical tasks * National Residential Retrofit Guidelines Draft Deliberative, For Discussion Purposes Only, Not for Citation

14 14 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Assisting grantees in development of various financing options –Unsecured revolving loan funds; –Loan loss reserves –FHA Financing demonstration program –On-bill utility financing Providing TA –Guidance –Best practices ~ $600 million of DOE-administered Recovery Act funding supporting financing programs. –Revolving loan funds established in ~35 states –Estimated to be matched by $1.5 billion in state or private sector funds Financing Recommendation of the Vice President’s Middle Class Task Force

15 15 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Vision: Create self-sustaining market for building energy efficiency retrofits Grants 35 local and state governments (reaching more than 50 communities) 3-year awards from $1.5 million to $40 million and $486 million total Innovative models for single / multifamily building retrofits; and low income, small business, commercial, farms, and historic buildings Progress Kicked off in July 2010 Communities developing implementation plans Technical assistance being provided, emphasis on financing solutions Projected Results 200,000+ buildings retrofitted (majority residential) Retrofits of at least 15% energy savings; some >30% Data collection to determine effective technologies, measures, approaches New Delivery Models

16 16 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Outreach Approaches: –Neighborhood sweeps –Door-to-door –Community organizations (churches, foundations) –Major events –Web-based approaches –One stop shops –Labeling systems –Retail store partnerships –Grass-roots campaigns –Community colleges & universities BetterBuildings Program Elements

17 17 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov MA Los Angeles Chicago Phoenix Kansas City Portland Seattle Austin San Antonio Greensboro, NC Philadelphia, PA Camden, NJ Lowell, MA Maryland KY Cincinnati Denver, Boulder, Garfield Co. Berlin, Plymouth, Nashua NH Omaha Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, WI Indianapolis PR NY ME CA OR MO Grand Rapids, Detroit, SE MI San Francisco MI New Orleans Atlanta Decatur Jacksonville, FL Huntsville, AL U.S. Virgin Islands Charleston, SC OH Toledo Carrboro and Chapel Hill, NC Charlottesville, VA Hampton Roads, VA San Diego Lincoln Eagle Co. West Rutland, VT Bedford, NY Santa Barbara Fayette County St. Lucie County Riley Co. University Park, MD Bainbridge Island Connecticut Innovations Charlotte, NC Better Buildings Communities Served = Round 1 = SEEA = Statewide Program = Round 2

18 18 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov WAP Recovery Act Update ($5.2 B) – 30,000+ homes weatherized per month; 200,000+ homes through August 2010 – On target for 300,000 homes by 12/10; nearly 600,000 homes by 3/31/12 – Ramping up Quality Assurance WAP Innovation Grants ($30M) – Pilots to increase the leverage/effectiveness of Federal funding thru traditional and/or nontraditional weatherization providers. – 16 Selections for 2-year projects – address financing programs for multi-family properties, workforce development, new technologies and behavior interventions, and incorporating Green and Healthy Homes approaches – Will leverage $96 million (3.2x) and weatherize over 19,000 homes – Wilkes-Barre, PA received a grant for $2.4M to evaluate whether in-home metering equipment in weatherized homes will encourage consumer conservation thereby increasing residents’ energy savings. Sustainable Energy Resource Grants ($90M) – Available from WAP Recovery Act based on EISA 2007 formula – Adds “renewable and domestic energy technologies” not currently covered – Funded 27 states, 100 local agencies for technologies including: solar hot water and PV, high-efficiency hot water, residential wind, cool roofs, and in-home devices. Supporting Low-Income Families

19 19 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov U.S. home improvement market is mired in a severe downturn A variety of factors driving re-modeling down –Existing home sales, a primary driver of home improvement spending, were off 30% from their peak –Depressed homes prices resulting in lower equity –Increase in mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures Not enough robust data on energy efficiency savings - Hard to convince financing organizations and utility regulators Difficult to engage the consumer -Market appeal for EE Three trends that could serve as growth drivers –Growth in immigrant homeowners –Need to upgrade aging rental stock –Increasing consumer interest in green remodeling Challenges to Overcome

20 20 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov In partnership with industry and state and local governments, the federal government is: Providing access to energy information for consumers Developing retrofit industry guidelines to improve the workforce Facilitating consumer access to financing Developing and testing new program models to deliver retrofits to consumers Targeting segments of the population with the most effective and innovative technologies and strategies Recap

21 21 | Building Technologies Programeere.energy.gov Ely Jacobsohn Building Technologies Program, U.S. Dept of Energy Questions?


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