The Energy Department today released a new resource, the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center, to help illustrate proven methods for reducing energy waste and carbon emissions in U.S. homes. Adding to the legacy of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, the Solution Center features insights on how to design, implement and evaluate efficiency programs to improve the energy efficiency of communities across the nation. DOE will host the first of two demonstration webinars on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST.
Now available online, the Solution Center – a one-stop shop for residential energy efficiency program administrators and home performance professionals – highlights proven strategies that Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners adopted to make energy efficiency more accessible to homes and businesses. During the past four years, the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with communities across the country to develop sustainable energy efficiency programs. This commitment helped to facilitate more than 100,000 energy-saving upgrades in homes and buildings, saving families and businesses more than $730 million on utility bills.
The Solution Center is organized into a series of handbooks with step-by-step guidance for planning, operating and evaluating a residential energy efficiency program. The handbooks offer strategies for helping program administrators and home performance professionals bring home energy upgrades to consumers. Each one draws on the experiences of multiple programs and contains resources such as tools, calculators, publications, videos, presentations and program examples. Users can find information regarding business models, program designs, marketing & outreach, financing, contractor engagement, workforce development, and evaluation & data collection.
All content is based on qualitative and quantitative evidence and best practices from existing energy efficiency programs. It has been reviewed by third-party experts. The Department invites users to explore the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center and suggest additional content or materials. Based on feedback from users, the Department will routinely make updates.
Program administrators, their partners, and home performance professionals are invited to register for demonstration webinars showcasing the new tool’s functionality and content. The overview will include a tour of the Solution Center, including how its resources can help in the design, implementation, and evaluation of residential energy efficiency programs. Register to attend:
Through the Better Buildings Initiative, companies and organizations across the country are partnering with the Energy Department and committing to improve the energy efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings. Visit the Better Buildings Residential Program website to learn more about broader efforts to help homes across the United States achieve cost-effective, energy-saving solutions.