-- Chandler von Schrader, ENERGY STAR Home Improvement Program
“The Department of Energy is working to develop a strong home retrofit industry. We are creating a state-of-the-art tool that home inspectors can use on a handheld device to assess energy-savings potential and identify the most effective investments to drive down energy costs.”-- U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu2
“New homeowners expect climate comfort in their dream homes. Most home energy systems are inefficient; i.e. uncomfortable and costly. Home energy contractors make homes climate comfortable. Pairing home inspectors with home energy contractors is a brilliant way to connect a comfort problem with a comfort solution.”-- Stephen Michael Self, Sustainable Ideas
1. Burrows, Kristi. Smart Energy Program Consumer Study, Understanding Consumer Lifestyle Drivers and Energy Attitudes as Motivation, Best Buy Consumer Insight Unit, September 2010.Best Buy - Home Energy Mangement Report.pdf
2. Chu, Steven, Op-Ed on Energy Efficiency from the World Economic Forum: http://energy.gov/articles/secretary-chu-op-ed-energy-efficiency-world-economic-forum. March 16, 2011.3. Siniavskaia, Natalia, PhD., “Spending Patterns of Home Buyers. Special Studies.” December 4, 2008.4. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements.” September 2010.5. Siniavskaia, op. cit.6. Siniavskaia, op. cit.
7. National Association of REALTORS®. Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2011.8. Market Enhancement Group. National Association of REALTORS® Home Inspection Study. 2001.9. National Association of REALTORS®, Pending Home Sales Index. http://www.realtor.org/research/research/phsbackground10. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), “Annual Sales of Existing Homes .” U.S. Housing Market Conditions. Exhibit 7. Existing Home Sales 1970-Present. November 2010. Page 68.
11. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/retrofit_guidelines.html.12. InterNACHI, Online Training and Education Curriculum, Required courses for home performance contractors who understand the house as a system, “The House as a System” https://www.nachi.org/house-as-a-system.htm, "Energy Movement" https://www.nachi.org/house-as-a-system.htm, "Comfort and Climate" https://www.nachi.org/comfort-climate.htm, "Indoor Air Quality" https://www.nachi.org/indoor-air-quality-course.htm. www.nachi.org/education.13. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Report, "Motivating Home Energy Improvements. Focus Groups for the U.S. Department of Energy.” 2010.14. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). “Contractor Sales Training: Providing the Skills Necessary to Sell Comprehensive Home Energy Upgrades.” August 17, 2011.15. DOE, Report, op. cit.
16. InterNACHI. International Home Inspector Code of Ethics: https://www.nachi.org/code_of_ethics.htm.17. InterNACHI. "Sales, Customer Service and Communication for Inspectors." Free, online training course for property inspectors provided by InterNACHI. A required course for all InterNACHI-certified home inspectors: https://www.nachi.org/customer-service-communication.htm.18. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Buildings Energy Data Book. Table 9.1.2. http://buildingsdatabook.eren.doe.gov/TableView.aspx?table=184.108.40.206. DOE, Table, op. cit.20. DOE, Table, op. cit.21. McKinsey & Company. McKinsey Global Energy and Materials. Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy. July 2009.22. Burrows, op. cit.23. InterNACHI. Number of inspections performed, Vision and Mission Statement: https://www.nachi.org/vision-mission-statement.htm.
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28. U.S. Energy Information Administration. Pie chart, Annual Energy Review 2009, and Monthly Energy Review (June 2011), preliminary 2010 data.29. Crawley, Drury. Commercial Building Research Team Lead, Building Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department Of Energy. Testimony: The Building Technologies Program.30. Goldstein, Benjamin. Rebuilding America, A National Policy Framework for Investment in Energy Efficiency Retrofits. August 2009.