Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Releases Sponsor Guide and Reference Manual v1.5

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsor Guide and Reference Manua... (Sponsor Guide), a technical operations guide for the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.

First conceptually introduced at the 2012 ACI National Home Performance conference in Baltimore, Md., the Sponsor Guide is the result of more than two years of industry engagement. The final document, developed over the past year, required extensive program evaluation and stakeholder engagement. It provides a platform for implementing a whole house approach for achieving energy efficiency and improved performance in homes. The release of the Sponsor Guide marks a major milestone in the national program’s development and we are excited to share it with you. Furthermore, the national program believes for years to come, it will be a valuable document for the industry.

On the Sponsor Resources webpage, you can download the following documents:

All industry participants are invited to use Sponsor Guide. It is organized by seven sections, covering:

  1. Use and Management of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Mark
  2. Program Design and Development
  3. Workforce Development and Support
  4. The Assessment
  5. Project Installation
  6. Quality Assurance
  7. Tracking and Reporting

Each of these sections includes:

  • A detailed narrative of program requirements and checklists outlining the program’s minimum requirements.
  • Recommended approaches, including optional guidance for implementation and suggested strategies based on lessons learned from successful residential programs nationwide.

DOE’s goal in developing and releasing the new Sponsor Guide is to clarify the rules of participation in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, thereby improving the consistency of program implementation around the country. In addition to developing the guide, DOE provides tools, templates, and recommended guidance to: help reduce the administrative burden of program delivery; empower participating businesses to be as successful as possible; and enhance the value for homeowners. Current program participants will have one year to comply with the requirements set forth in the Sponsor Guide in order to remain active participants in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.

Thank you for your work that improves the lives of homeowners by providing solutions to improve the performance of homes nationwide.

Questions or comments? Email homeperformance@energystar.gov


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