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Date:10/1/2013

transformation activities," NREL Principal Lab Program Manager Dan Beckley said. "The industry wasn't going to invest in creating a document like this because it's not organized in that way. It was a great role for NREL to bring in existing partners and then parlay that into an industry effort."

The SWS can be used as an industry guide for workers, training instructors, homeowners, and program administrators involved in the home performance industry. In addition, the Energy Department is working to mandate that all WAP-funded weatherization efforts be inspected by a certified quality control inspector. The new Home Energy Professional Certifications require home energy professionals to demonstrate comprehensive and technical proficiency in the four most common job classifications in the home energy upgrade industry: energy auditor, retrofit installer technician, crew leader, and quality control inspector.

Collaboration from the Get-Go

Photo of a woman shaking hands with a weatherization professional. Enlarge image

Steve Lemaire (left) and Zump Urycki (right) are thanked by Tammara Thayer, whose home they are auditing in Loveland, Colorado. Thayer is participating in an Energy Department program that assists homeowners with weatherizing their homes. Soon, weatherization customers will be able to seek out contractors with the program's new Home Energy Professional Certifications.

Credit: Dennis Schroeder

According to the project team, before launching the SWS there was no go-to source on how to go into a house, retrofit it, and walk away recognizing that the job was done right.

"When we started the project three years ago, it was somewhat unprecedented. We initially brought together well over 100 experts to draft up the first of what these standards would look like," Beckley said. "This wasn't a lab exercise where we said, 'We think we know what's best'; rather, this was driven by industry. It was for industry, by
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Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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