HOME ENERGY SCORE PROGRAM Pilot Summit Update to Stakeholders

Thank you for your continued interest in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score pilots. The pilots wrapped up their scoring efforts last month, with more than 1,000 homes assessed and scored in total.  We are now in the process of analyzing the pilot data as well as the wealth of information our pilot partners provided to us last week at a pilot wrap-up meeting in Washington, D.C. 


As you may recall, Vice President Biden announced the Home Energy Score pilots in November 2010 as part of the Recovery thru Retrofit effort.  Since then, DOE and its pilot partners -- energy organizations, co-ops, and other non-governmental organizations in different climatic and geographic areas – have worked together to test the Home Energy Scoring Tool and the Home Energy Score. The pilots trained dozens of home energy assessors and provided scores and energy improvement recommendations to more than 1,000 households across the country.

 

Representatives from the following pilots participated in last week’s wrap-up meeting in D.C.: Cape Cod (MA), Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The pilots discussed successes and challenges in implementing the scoring program and using the scoring tool as part of their residential energy efficiency programs. They recommended methods for improving communication with assessors and homeowners; and, they highlighted issues to address prior to a national launch of Home Energy Score.  We are very fortunate to have had such committed and thoughtful pilot partners. 

DOE is now in the process of applying the pilot recommendations and lessons learned to develop and launch a scoring program that can effectively inform and motivate homeowners to invest in energy improvements.  Stay tuned for a webinar in September 2011 during which we will provide more details on pilot findings and next steps. 

To get added to the DOE Home Energy Score distribution list, please contact homeenergyscore@ee.doe.gov.  Please direct questions about the Home Energy Saver APIs (application programming interface) to hesapi@lbl.gov.  

Look out for an email from me in late August about our next webinar. 
You can also email me at homeenergyscore@ee.doe.gov.
 
Thank you.

Joan Glickman
Home Energy Score, Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
homeenergyscore@ee.doe.gov

 

For more information, visit www.homeenergyscore.gov

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Comment by Evan Mills on September 8, 2011 at 1:31pm

More info from DOE:

 

Hello Home Energy Score Stakeholders,

I have recorded a webinar on Home Energy Score and posted it on homeenergyscore.gov. On the webinar, I discuss the Home Energy Score pilots conducted in spring and summer 2011. I also talk about our lessons learned and next steps. After watching the webinar, please submit any questions you have by 5pm EST on Wednesday, September 14 to homeenergyscore@sra.com.
 
I will do a live webinar to answer these submitted questions from 1:30 -2:30 PM Thursday, September 15.  As time allows, I will also answer other questions that come up during the live webinar.

To register for the live Q&A webinar, please visit, https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/806358648.
 
Thank you.
 
Joan Glickman
Home Energy Score, Program Manager
homeenergyscore@ee.doe.gov

Home Energy Score
www.homeenergyscore.gov

Comment by Hannah C. Wood on September 1, 2011 at 4:55am

Hi Bruce and Debra

 

Joan Glickman, DOE Project Manager for Home Energy Score, will do a webinar that will be posted to www.homeenergyscore.gov in mid-September and will answer these and any other questions you ask. All stakeholders who are on our stakeholders list will be notified when that is posted. If you're not already on that list, please email homeenergyscore@sra.com with subject header: Add to Home Energy Score Stakeholder List.

 

Joan will then do a live Q&A session over the phone with all interested parties.

 

Please also read the most recent update from Joan on the link below.  

 

Home Energy Score Update to Stakeholders

 

Thank you for your interested in Home Energy Score.

Comment by Bruce Glanville on August 25, 2011 at 3:59pm
When will we have access to the scoring tool?
Comment by Debra Little on August 25, 2011 at 11:00am

Hi Joan

 

To what extent is the HES currently available throughout US?

 

I am involved w/ education outreach for appraisers & Realtors:  Green Homes-  Valuation contribution of green & EE. 

I have introduced the HES as a resource for appraisers w/ advanced EE expertise.  When  lkg to assign value to a home w/ E upgrades, obtain & analyze their utility bill for E consumption (proof of % reduction) – HES can provide a reference for avg in region. It can be a terrific tool if we know the data is reliable.

 

I am still not clear on source & reliability of data.  Are the RECs files the only source?  I’ve heard that the RECs file only include approx. 3,000 homes from entire US.  Can you confirm?  And that the most recent data is from 2002?  Then next most recent data will be from 2008- coming soon?

 

I have suggested (to DOE last winter ) that in addition to their peer neighborhood AVG, a more objective ‘base goal’ be included in the HES report- that of a high performing home.  Based on IECC as ‘code built’ w/ a few examples like Energy Star at 15% better (or green certified homes typically are at least 15% better) , then  Passive or highest range of typically attained at 80% improved, up to ZNE as stated goal for homes in US by 2020.

  Great opportunity to educate public- not to be missed!

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