September 2018 Newsletter
Issue 95 9.26.18
  Policy and Advocacy News
Connecticut Energy Efficiency Policy Issues Get a Fast Start on the Fall Season

September has already been a busy month on two critical energy efficiency (EE) issues directly impacting home performance contractors in Connecticut. First, the United States District Court in Hartford heard oral arguments on a lawsuit to restore $145 million on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy funds that were “swept” or taken out of EE program accounts by the Connecticut legislature in 2017. Second, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced a new, comprehensive review of cost effectiveness testing for customer funded, utility administered EE programs in Connecticut. Both developments will have a decisive impact on residential energy efficiency program funding this year and many years into the future.

A New Blog Series: Why Open Standards Matter for Home Energy Efficiency

Julie Caracino, Director of Research and Standards at HPC, launches the first of a new monthly series that will showcase the benefits of HPXML in scaling the home energy efficiency industry by organizations that use the data standard. Every month, the blog will feature a new writer who will describe their organization or program’s experiences with HPXML , including both the technical and business aspects of HPXML adoption and use. The goal of this blog will be to help the residential energy efficiency industry understand the real world benefits of adopting HPXML for the distribution and/or consumption of residential building and energy performance data.

New Report finds Billions in Potential Energy Efficiency Savings for North Carolina Consumers and Small Businesses

North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) released a report yesterday projecting the potential for $13.9 billion in energy savings in North Carolina over ten years.

The report includes sample legislation that sets in motion an “Energy Efficiency First” strategy for addressing North Carolina’s current and future energy needs. NCBPA estimates a $5.15 return for every $1.00 invested in energy efficiency, far greater than other energy sources.

Looking Ahead to Energy Efficiency Day

Friday, October 5, 2018, marks the third annual  Energy Efficiency Day, which showcases the benefits, methods, and successes of efficiency programs across the nation. At HPC we celebrate  Energy Efficiency Day  as part of our overall mission. We educate the residential energy efficiency workforce, to equip them to do their jobs better so that homeowners and tenants save on energy usage and costs. We offer the industry’s leading educational events through conferences , workshops, and training in partnerships with the nation’s leading experts in home performance and weatherization.

Conference Happenings

T he 2019 National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show is coming to the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, April 1 - 4, 2019. Plan to join us for an exciting experience, from the best educational agenda in home performance and weatherization to networking opportunities like none other!
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Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
Training & Technical Assistance Expense (T&TA)

Costs related to attending the 2019 HPC National Home Performance Conference, are allowable as a WAP Training and Technical assistance expense (T&TA). This year’s conference will include multiple tracks specifically developed for the WAP network. The Weather Assistance Program Manager has released a  memo  that provides further details regarding the use of allowable training funds for this year’s national conference and can be found  here .
The 2018 NEEP Summit will take place at the brand new, upscale, and energy efficient Cambria Hotel & Suites in Middletown, Rhode Island. Just a stone's throw from the classic coastal town of Newport, this new resort will be home to NEEP's two-day Summit featuring an exciting agenda highlighting leaders and leading examples of advanced energy efficiency solutions and approaches.

Join the dialogue. Connect with peers. Learn from leaders. Be inspired. Follow along at #OceansOfOpportunity and learn more here!
  Upcoming Events, Webinars, and Trainings
Registration is OPEN!

Join HPC along with leading experts, John Tooley and Mike Rogers as you learn how to focus on quality, reduce waste, cut operating costs, invest in efficient processes, improve operational consistency, and create satisfied and loyal customers and employees. You will see how value is defined by the customer and how value drives the market, your relationship with customers, and market volume. The training will help you lead your business to better sales, stronger employees, and larger rewards.

This training is for contractors interested in taking their business to the next level. Join us in Tempe, Arizona and take a ride on the road to excellence!

NEEP Webinar: Pay for Performance Primer

Will Pay for Performance (P4P) encourage people to cut their energy waste in businesses and homes? On Friday October 12 at 1:00 p.m., you are invited to join NEEP and Pay for Performance program experts in the Northeast for our one-hour webinar primer.

If you know absolutely nothing about P4P, or you would like to find out about its history and the different P4P programs in the Northeast, this webinar is for you! Our experts are hands-on with the P4P programs in this region and look forward to sharing their knowledge with you, and answering any questions you may have.

ASHRAE 62.2 Online Course: Ventilation for Single-Family Dwellings

Heatspring in partnership with HPC will offer an online course on the topic of Ventilation for Single-Family Dwellings that runs October 1, 2018 - November 11, 2018. This is a comprehensive, hands-on training course for professionals. Instructor Rick Karg has been a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation committee since 2007 and heads the existing dwellings group.

The extensive curriculum focuses on the ASHRAE 62.2-2016 Standard, but also addresses the 2013 version of the Standard.

Energy Efficiency Awards Gala
This evening, September 26, 2018 at the  Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Gala , 400 energy efficiency leaders across industry, government, and non-profit sectors will gather at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. At the black-tie celebration, the Alliance to Save Energy and guests will toast the accomplishments of the 2018 award recipients.  Be a part  of this important event and show your support for advancing energy efficiency.
  Partner News
Home Depot / Efficiency First Savings

All Efficiency First (EF) members with at least $30,000 in registered purchases during 2018 will receive one year of free membership with EF.

EF members with at least $100,000 in registered purchases during 2018 will receive one year of free membership with Efficiency First AND paid registration for one person at an HPC national or regional conference of your choice!   Learn more here.
Join Home Energy Pros Forum Today!

Home Energy Pros Forum is a social network and community dedicated to Home Energy professionals. Our purpose is to amplify the collective knowledge base of the Home Energy professional network by offering a space for sharing resources, education, and knowledge. Join the discussion; share the journey!
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Your brand’s name recognition is important; consider print and online advertising in our industry’s most trusted resource Home Energy Magazine!

As an HPC newsletter subscriber, you can read the latest digital version of Home Energy Magazine for FREE! The fall edition was just released - read it here!
Send In a Stumper for BPI’s E-Newsletter,  Performance Matters , and Earn BPI Two CEUs!

 The Stump the Chump segment in  BPI’s newsletter  is  the most popular  part of the publication. If you submit a Stumper, you'll get: an opportunity to share your technical knowledge, free individual and company advertising with a link to your company website, and two BPI CEUs. For more information, please contact  marketing@bpi.org .

Last Chance to Apply for the EA and QCI Pilot Program

 As of September 30th, 2018,  BPI will stop accepting new applications for the Energy Auditor (EA) and Quality Control Inspector (QCI) pilot program. Approved candidates can take their exams through Sunday, October 14th. Learn more and apply here.
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