In this Issue:

A Letter to our HPwES Stakeholders

Dear Home Performance Community,

I am pleased to report that the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program had its most successful year yet in 2012. The Program grew in a variety of ways: Over 76,000 projects were completed which represents 24 percent year-over-year growth; five new organizations became Sponsors; 99 participating contractors will receive the Century Club Award; and 13 Sponsors will be receiving an annual ENERGY STAR Award for their HPwES successes.

Looking beyond the Program, we also see growth in the larger home performance industry. Efficiency First recently had a successful membership campaign resulting in one of the best recruitment months since the HOME STAR legislation was proposed in 2010. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America's Building Performance Council continues to grow, strengthening the value of incorporating home performance into the HVAC industry. The RESNET-BPI Home Performance group on LinkedIn has grown to over 5,500 members, signaling that professional interest in home performance is expanding. Lastly, the Building Performance Institute's first version of its HPXML standard is nearly complete, which will enhance the ability and reduce the burden for contractors and programs to share data among the entire industry.

As the HPwES team prepares for this year's ACI National Home Performance Conference in Denver, we look forward to working with our stakeholders to identify other ways to measure the progress of the home performance industry. For example, we are looking for new methods to collect, analyze and display data collected from our Sponsors. As an industry, we need to be better at measuring and reporting real energy savings resulting from home performance work. While HPwES works to improve its own data systems, other initiatives like the White House's Green Button and the HPXML standard are making substantial progress toward making energy consumption data more accessible.

By having a better understanding of how much energy we are saving, we will know how we measure up against President Obama's challenge in his recent State of the Union address to reduce energy wasted in our homes and businesses by half.

Ely Jacobsohn
U.S. Department of Energy
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Manager

Back to top

Congratulations to the 2012 Century Club Award Winners

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR team congratulates 99 participating contractors who are receiving the 2012 Century Club Award. The Century Club Award recognizes participating contractors that have used a whole-house approach to improve the energy performance of 100 or more homes in the past year as part of their local Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Century Club Award winners will have the privilege to display the 2012 Century Club web button on their websites to recognize their achievement.

We thank these 99 participating contractors for their outstanding contributions to the national HPwES Program:

web button
Fox Service Company (Austin Energy)
Green Collar Operations (Austin Energy)
Service Experts (Austin Energy)
Stan's Heating and Air Conditioning (Austin Energy)
ASI Hastings Heating and Air (California Center for Sustainable Energy)
Chapman Heating & Air Conditioning (Columbia Water and Light)
Nemow Insulation Company (Columbia Water and Light)
Dr. Energy Saver – Lansing (Consumers Energy)
Inspired Green (Consumers Energy)
SIR Home Improvements (Consumers Energy)
The Insulation Man Inc. (Consumers Energy)
WellHome (Consumers Energy)
Climate Partners (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Competitive Resources, Inc. (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Eagle Eye Energy (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Energy Efficiencies Solutions, LLC (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Energy PRZ (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Energy Resources Group (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Gulick Building and Development (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Handyman Express Energy Solutions LLC (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Hoffman Fuel (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Insulation Solutions of CT/Master Carpenters (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Lantern Energy, LLC (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
New England Conservation Services (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
New England Smart Energy Group (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
PTE (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating) R. Pelton Builders, Inc. (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Santa Energy (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Save Home Energy, LLC (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Tri-City Home Energy Services, LLC (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Victory Energy Solutions (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Wesson Energy, Inc. (CT Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power, and United Illuminating)
Blind & Sons (Dominion East Ohio)
Central Heating and Air Conditioning Co. (Dominion East Ohio)
Energy Smart Home Performance (Dominion East Ohio)
SmartHouse Home Performance Experts (Earthways Center)
Clarke and Rush Mechanical [Efficiency First California (formerly CBPCA)]
Comfort City [Efficiency First California (formerly CBPCA)]
Energy Resolutions, Inc. [Efficiency First California (formerly CBPCA)]
Green Savers USA Inc. (Energy Trust of Oregon)
Neil Kelly Company Inc. (Energy Trust of Oregon)
Johnson Air Conditioning (Entergy TX)
American Home Consultants, LLC (Focus on Energy)
Duerst Insulation Technicians (Focus on Energy)
Highland Building Consultants LLC (Focus on Energy)
North Star Energy Consulting (Focus on Energy)
On-Site Performance Testing (Focus on Energy)
Advantage Home Performance (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Custom Energy Design, Inc. (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Extreme Energy Solutions (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Green ID (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Greenmodel, LLC (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Jaycox Air Conditioning (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Marshall Insulation, LLC (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Reeis AZ, Inc. (FSL Home Energy Solutions)
Arlinghaus Heating & Air Conditioning (Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance)
Arronco Comfort Air, Inc. (Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance)
Econo-Therm Insulation (Long Island Power Authority)
Energy Testing Services (Long Island Power Authority)
Green Audit USA, Inc. (Long Island Power Authority)
Jarro Energy Services Corp. (Long Island Power Authority)
Murtha Construction (Long Island Power Authority)
Powersmith (Long Island Power Authority)
Residential Energy Conservation (Long Island Power Authority)
Green Comprehensive Audit Technologies Services (Metropolitan Energy Center)
Green Improvement Consulting (Metropolitan Energy Center)
Smart Energy Solutions (Metropolitan Energy Center)
Star Energy Consultants LLC (Metropolitan Energy Center)
Greenwich Insulation [National Grid (RI)]
Insulate 2 Save [National Grid (RI)]
RI Insulation [National Grid (RI)]
Statewide Insulation [National Grid (RI)]
J Myers Builders, Inc. (New Hampshire Core Utilities)
Quality Insulation (New Hampshire Core Utilities)
Allied Construction LLC (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
BC Express Inc. (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
Bovio Advanced Comfort & Energy Solutions (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
Building Sciences LLC (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
Mid-State Heating and Cooling, Inc. (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
Potential Energy (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
The Energy Team, LLC (New Jersey's Clean Energy Program)
BrightHome Energy Solutions, LLC (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Buffalo Energy, Inc. (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Foam It Insulation (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Green Audit USA, Inc. (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Home Energy Performance by Halco (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Home Comfort Heating & Cooling (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Isaac Home Energy Performance (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Powersmith (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Standard Insulating Co., Inc. (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Town Insulation (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
True Energy Solutions, Inc. (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Zenner & Ritter, Inc. (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
ZeroDraft of CNY, Inc. (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
ZeroDraft of CNY Inc. (Capital District) (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
Devere Insulation (Pepco, a PHI Company)
Airco Services, Inc. (Public Service of Oklahoma)
Back to top

HPwES experiences growth in 2012

2012 was another year of growth for the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. After hitting the 200,000 completed projects milestone mid-year, our Sponsors rounded out the year with more than 250,000 completed projects since the Program's inception in 2002.

The national Program grew by 24 percent in 2012 relative to 2011, with local programs made up of 50 Sponsors and more than 1,900 participating contractors impacting more than 76,500 homes. On average, each participating contractor completed close to 40 projects in 2012. Regions experiencing the strongest growth in HPwES project completions include the Northeast, the Midwest, and the Mid-Atlantic. As national home performance indices [e.g., Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) and the Remodeling Market Index (RMI)] predicted, the fourth quarter of 2012 wrapped up the year with 11 percent growth relative to the third quarter of 2012.

Check out the updated project tracking dashboards available online.

Back to top

Join us in Denver at the 2013 ACI Conference

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR team will be presenting at the 2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference in Denver, Colo. We hope you will join us!

On Wednesday, May 1, from 1:30-3 p.m., Ely Jacobsohn, Courtney Moriarta and Kevin Powell will present "Privatizing QA: Opportunities, Options, & Opinions", a session designed to define and recognize the importance of quality control and quality assurance activities in a home performance program, outline the roles and responsibilities of various home performance stakeholders, identify the required elements of the HPwES Program, and examine the challenges of implementing effective quality assurance programs.

On Thursday, May 2, from 8:30-10 a.m., Ely will join a panel of his Department colleagues for the session "What has DOE Done for You Lately?". The panelists will discuss new Department tools and resources designed to help residential home performance programs and contractors quickly adopt the best innovations, minimize trial and error, and better enable program success.

Also on Thursday, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Ely and Caroline Hazard will present "Understanding the Core Requirements of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR". The session will provide an update on the HPwES Program, including an overview of the revised Sponsor Guide (v 1.5). HPwES v1.5 builds upon the existing program platform by clarifying the requirements and updating the procedures for data collection and reporting, quality assurance, and minimum technical requirements. Participants will also have the opportunity to preview supplementary guidance, templates, and resources provided by the Department to help new and existing Sponsors develop and expand their HPwES services.

Later on Thursday, from 1:30-3 p.m., Ely and Courtney will present "Initiatives to Evolve Home Performance with ENERGY STAR: Building a Scalable Approach". The HPwES team is engaging stakeholders in research and pilot activities designed to inform the evolution of the HPwES Program. This session will provide an update on these initiatives as well as an opportunity for participating Sponsors to share progress reports and results to date regarding their supporting projects.

For more information on the 2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference, checkout the agenda posted online.

Back to top

HPwES Program Report and webinar posted online

To learn more about the national Program's upcoming plans, download a copy of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Report or the companion recording of a webinar hosted by the HPwES team.

These materials are a follow-up to last year's efforts to gather and review comments from the HPwES community. The Report presents the action plan for evolving HPwES and is based on over 650 comments received on the proposed changes collectively known as HPwES v2.0. The HPwES sessions planned for the 2013 ACI National Home Performance Conference will be an opportunity to get a Program update and provide stakeholder input.

Back to top

Congress extends Consumer Tax Credit through 2013

Have you informed your customers about the extended consumer tax credit? Be sure to include information about eligible energy efficiency measures in your communication and marketing materials, and encourage contractors to share the information when they are meeting with homeowners. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 includes an extended tax credit for incremental residential energy efficiency improvements (Title IV- Energy Tax Extenders, Section 25C). As homeowners consider investing in their Home Performance with ENERGY STAR projects, remember homeowners can claim credits for energy efficiency measures installed in 2012 and 2013. Homeowners can receive 10 percent credit for approved measures, not to exceed $500 in total credits including all tax credits received prior to 2013. Energy efficiency measures eligible for the credit include the following products:

  • Biomass fuel property
  • Central air conditioning units and air-source heat pumps
  • Electric Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Home Sealing
  • Insulation
  • Natural Gas and Propane Furnaces
  • Natural Gas, Propane, Oil Water Heaters
  • Windows
  • Window Film
To receive the tax credit, homeowners need to enter information about the cost of their installation measures in their 2012 or 2013 tax returns. Only costs for materials can be claimed. Labor costs are not eligible for the energy tax credit. Homeowners should keep a copy of the product and manufacturer information on file.

For more information on product eligibility, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency, or the Tax Incentives Assistance Project.

Back to top

HPwES Tips for Contractor Success

Spring cleaning generally refers to tidying up the house and yard, but it can also be applied to reorganizing your "Favorites" in your internet browser. There is a wealth of industry information available online, and below is a list of internet websites that serve as excellent and informative resources for the home performance industry.

(Please note: this list is provided for reference purposes only, and should be considered neither comprehensive nor exclusive.)


  • Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI): Dedicated to advancing residential energy efficiency, ACI provides educational resources to home performance industry professionals. ACI annually hosts national and regional conferences offering business development and technical training, as well as program and policy updates.
  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA): Working with HVAC industry professionals, ACCA supports the success of HVAC contractors and promotes energy efficiency, health and comfort in homes. ACCA provides its members with professional development resources, establishes technical standards, and represents the HVAC industry interest at the national policy level.
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a nonprofit organization concerned with advancing energy efficient policy.
  • Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, a program run by the Department, helps over 40 competitively selected state and local governments develop sustainable programs to upgrade the energy efficiency of more than 100,000 buildings. The Department is sharing resources and lessons learned from these leading communities that used innovation and investment in energy efficiency to expand the building improvement industry, test program delivery business models, and create jobs.
  • Building Green and its associated newsletter, Environmental Building News provide informative up-to-date articles on the latest in green building technology.
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI): BPI provides home performance workforce certifications, accreditations and industry standards.
  • Building Science Corporation has a wealth of material concerning energy efficient building component upgrades and moisture management.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency is a national database of incentives and rebates covering the entire country at the local level.
  • DOE Building America Solution Center is a new resource that offers extensive information on all aspects of energy efficient residential building practices and components.
  • DOE Building Technologies Office is an all-inclusive website providing news, guidelines, webinars, event listings, tools, financial opportunities, and links to important programs and industry information, such as Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, building codes, efficiency standards, etc.
  • Efficiency First: As a nonprofit member organization for energy efficiency professionals, Efficiency First represents its members' interest in public policy forums and provides educational resources to its members.
  • The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance bookstore is an online store with industry-related guides and handbooks.
  • ENERGY STAR is the joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department designed to help homeowners, business owners, and industry professionals protect the environment while helping to save energy and money.
  • EPA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has information on important IAQ issues such as mold, radon, smoke, etc.
  • Green Building Advisor is a comprehensive green home resource with informative blogs and articles; the detailed guides and in-depth studies require a membership fee.
  • Home Energy Magazine is a widely recognized industry publication with an online presence; accessing the full articles requires a membership.
  • Home Energy Pros is an online forum attracting discussions from many of the well-known names in the industry.
  • Home Performance Resource Center is a national nonprofit organization that conducts research and education in home performance.
  • HPXML Online provides information on two BPI data standards, BPI-2100 and BPI-2200, and why improving data collection and transfer will benefit the industry.
  • HVAC for Beginners is a reference site for terminology and practices used in the HVAC industry.
  • Investor Confidence Project is connecting a network of project investors to energy efficiency projects to better enable market investments, reduce transaction costs, and increase confidence in and reliability of energy savings.
  • National Home Performance Council (NHPC): NHPC works with industry professionals and organizations to educate the public on home performance work and the benefits of energy efficiency improvements.
  • Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET): RESNET is a nonprofit organization committed to helping homeowners reduce their utility bills by offering training and certifications for industry professionals interested in providing homeowners with energy efficiency improvements. RESNET's annual conference offers a range of technical, business development, program, and policy educational sessions.
  • Saturn Resource Management Bookstore is an online store for important technical guides and manuals related to energy efficiency.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (WAPTAC) is an online resource center for the Department's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). WAPTAC offers a library of rules, regulation, policies and procedures for WAP, as well as other training and educational materials to enhance understanding of weatherization services.
If you are a member of LinkedIn consider joining the "RESNET BPI – Energy Audit and Home Performance" group to read and participate in lively discussions concerning residential energy efficiency, auditing, BPI, RESNET, and related subjects, as well as to find help answering your most puzzling home performance questions.

Back to top

Quarterly Reports Due

The HPwES team is updating the Quarterly Report Template as part of our efforts to streamline the Program's data collection and reporting process. A webinar to demonstrate the updated template will be held on Thursday, March 14th. This webinar will be recorded and posted online.

We will be issuing an updated Quarterly Report Template for use in reporting HPwES completed projects and field inspection activities for the first quarter of 2013. Quarter 1 2013 reports are due by Tuesday, April 30.

If you have questions, please contact your Account Manager.

Back to top

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Home Performance Events:

Events
Back to top

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Team
www.energystar.gov/hpwes
EERE logo