Striving for Market                               Transformation                             Developing a Collaborative St...
A Science-Based Approach toImproving Illinois’ Housing Stock
The IHP ProcessFrom a drafty, inefficient home to one that’ssafe, comfortable, and saves energy!  Assess the home’s       ...
Program Objectives• Build demand for existing home energy upgrades, prompting job retention  and creation within the resid...
Rationale for a Statewide                Approach• Reduce existing market confusion   – Simplify a complicated message• In...
One program,many players
Delivering a Statewide             Program Locally                              Statewide   National HPwES          Coordi...
Consistent Contractor Participation                      Requirements• BPI Building Analyst + BPI Envelope Certifications ...
The Importance of a Nationally                 Recognized Certification• Transferable across state lines   – Many Illinois...
Highlighted Activities Planned for                      PY2011 - 2012• Coordination with Energy Impact Illinois• Work with...
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Striving for Market Transformation - Developing a Collaborative Statewide Home Performance Program in Illinois

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Learn about MEEA's work developing the collaborative, statewide Illinois Home Performance with Energy Star program, the first comprehensive market-based residential retrofit program in Illinois. This effort involved coordinating with Illinois utilities as well as government agencies and other nonprofits in order to make a sustainable program that will encourage homeowners to invest in home energy upgrades and support contractors and auditors who perform these services.

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Striving for Market Transformation - Developing a Collaborative Statewide Home Performance Program in Illinois

  1. 1. Striving for Market Transformation Developing a Collaborative Statewide Home Performance Program in IllinoisJamie Peters, Program ManagerMidwest Energy Efficiency Alliancejpeters@mwalliance.org6-29-2011
  2. 2. A Science-Based Approach toImproving Illinois’ Housing Stock
  3. 3. The IHP ProcessFrom a drafty, inefficient home to one that’ssafe, comfortable, and saves energy! Assess the home’s Improve with Verify work quality current state through a airsealing, insulation, and energy savings diagnostic energy audit HVAC/duct repair with “test out” & QA Driving this process are program resources : -Quality Assurance -Rebates & financing -Marketing & education -List of qualified contractors -Contractor training opportunities
  4. 4. Program Objectives• Build demand for existing home energy upgrades, prompting job retention and creation within the residential contractor and energy auditor industries;• Enable Illinois residents to lower their energy costs and increase home comfort and safety;• Build a knowledgeable and skilled contractor/auditor community, armed with building science expertise and able to market whole-home improvements to homeowners;• Increase homeowner awareness of and interest in the energy used by their homes;• Position Illinois as a leader in the whole-home retrofit program field; and• Leverage existing regional, local, and statewide resources to the greatest extent possible.
  5. 5. Rationale for a Statewide Approach• Reduce existing market confusion – Simplify a complicated message• Increase contractor participation – Provide direction & consistency within a fragmented market• Leverage existing resources – Utility EEPS funds – State-led HPwES pilots – Nascent home performance industry
  6. 6. One program,many players
  7. 7. Delivering a Statewide Program Locally Statewide National HPwES Coordination and Local Program Infrastructure Implementation Development Ameren Illinois U.S. EPA & U.S. Nicor DCEO & MEEA DOE Gas/ComEd Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas-Program requirements -Contractor training -Program delivery-Guidance & support -Homeowner education -Rebates & marketing-Marketing templates -Support utility efforts -Quality assurance -Statewide coordination inspections
  8. 8. Consistent Contractor Participation Requirements• BPI Building Analyst + BPI Envelope Certifications – Both required for individuals acting as energy auditors & crew chiefs – Additional certifications encouraged & will be highlighted on website• Illinois Good Standing Certificate• General Liability Insurance & Workers Compensation• Valid Business License• References (several options)• Documentation of experience performing energy audits and/or retrofits*Utilities and other delivery partners may add an addendum to theStatewide IHP Participation Agreement to allow for necessarycustomization
  9. 9. The Importance of a Nationally Recognized Certification• Transferable across state lines – Many Illinois contractors also work in neighboring states – BPI certifications stay with the worker (not the company!) and is a valuable credential• National standards are a turnkey solution – IHP does not have the resources to develop standards and certifications• BPI includes health & safety protocols vital to our program• Training infrastructure already in place in Illinois – Leveraging the private market
  10. 10. Highlighted Activities Planned for PY2011 - 2012• Coordination with Energy Impact Illinois• Work with utilities to facilitate launch• Add IHP to Green MLS systems• Rebates on BPI BA+E and Air Sealing Installer certifications• Advanced building science CEU trainings• Contractor Equipment Loan Program• Homeowner Education & Community OutreachLearn more at www.IllinoisHomePerformance.orgor by contacting Jamie Peters at jpeters@mwalliance.org

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