By incorporating evaluation practices into program design and putting tracking systems in place as soon as implementation starts, sponsors will have critical data needed to assess whether goals (e.g., actual energy savings, peak-demand reduction) are met. It can also help to facilitate continuous improvement in program elements like incentives, the home verification process, training, and marketing strategies. This will allow sponsors to demonstrate critical performance metrics to regulators, and to rebalance program investments to optimize future returns.

The most successful programs evaluate their performance against key savings and peak load reduction targets. Metrics that assist in evaluating program success can include:

  • Number of homebuilder and rater program partners
  • Number of ENERGY STAR certified homes constructed
  • Measurements of peak energy use for certified vs. noncertified homes
  • Utility bills of certified vs. noncertified homes

Implementing quality assurance processes, such as reviewing a sample of ratings or evaluating the quality of on-site inspections, is also considered a best practice. If you plan to include QA processes for the HERS industry, you may wish to collaborate with a home energy rating oversight organization.

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