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California Energy Commission Offers Big Help for Whole-House Home Performance Contractors


As energy costs rise and people continue seeking greater home comfort, plus a more eco-smart lifestyle, many Californians are looking to upgrade their current residence. For some, this means doing it yourself—replacing appliances and light bulbs, perhaps weather-stripping doors, or hiring a workman to install a new HVAC unit.

Yet, in truth, to enjoy comprehensive, long-term energy savings, homeowners will need what is called a full Measured Home Performance upgrade by a certified Home Performance Contractor (HPC)—one that takes a whole-house rather than one-off, task-by-task approach.

A Wealth of Tools at

Fortunately, contractors preparing themselves for this new opportunity can find all the resources they need through the California Energy Commission (CEC) and a rich array of training materials at

A Holistic Approach, a Host of Benefits

Measured Home Performance upgrades are indeed having huge impact on the world of contracting. Far from a simple home improvement project, they take a scientific, integrated approach. Involving close collaboration between the homeowner and contractor, they start by measuring total energy consumption, calculate potential savings based on heating and electric bills, then deliver big improvements by adjusting and/or replacing home appliances, switching out lights, and providing a more efficient sealing of the home ‘envelope.'

But these upgrades are also changing the definition of what a workman is, raising him above the Guy-with-the-Tools stereotype to the position of a certified, consultative, Home Performance Contractor (HPC) per se.

A True Compendium of Home Performance Contracting

This new breed of professional will find a wealth of information at authored by acclaimed experts in the field: a 100-plus-page downloadable best practices guide developed by Chitwood Energy Management under subcontract to the Gas Technology Institute (GTI); along with an eighteen-part video series.

For its sheer scope alone, Measured Home Performance: A Guide to Best Practices for Home Energy Retrofits in California could be considered the bible of Measured Home Performance upgrades, delving into not just the process itself, but how to run a successful HPC enterprise as well. Sections include the all-important Test-In Site Visit, along with Tips and Traps for key phases of the project—from the proposal to HVAC design and renovation, and air sealing as well. The companion videos are equally impressive.

Big Benefits, Big Rewards

In this new era of smarter home ownership, the pay-off can be big for both consumers and industry professionals. For residents, Measured Home Performance upgrades offer an energy savings potential of 40 to 60 percent, with other benefits including increased HVAC safety, better health through improved indoor air quality, higher home resale value, and more. Most important for contractors, those willing to educate themselves and up their game may find a whole new world of lucrative projects waiting for them.

Professionals seeking more information on Home Performance Contracting (HPC) and Measured Home Performance upgrades should visit

About the California Energy Commission (CEC)

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)

GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing the nation's energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 70 years. GTI and partners work across the end use technology product development and commercialization spectrum—from ideation to mass-market commercialization. This span of activities uniquely positions GTI to deliver high-impact program solutions, leveraging our experience, relationships, and capabilities.

J-U Carter, Inc.
Donna Carter, 949-852-5960 extension 103

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