Home Performance with ENERGY STAR for Contractors - FAQ

1. What is Home Performance with ENERGY STAR?

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR uses a whole-house approach to make homes more energy efficient, lowering energy usage by 20% or more. Participating contactors use advanced diagnostic equipment to test homes and identify energy efficiency improvements. Participating contractors are required to be certified through the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a national resource for building science technology.

2. What is a home energy audit?

A home energy audit is an in-home evaluation performed by a certified contractor to determine energy-saving measures that can help homeowners reduce their energy use, improve comfort, and save money. During the audit, the contractor tests and evaluates the home using advanced diagnostic equipment and building science principles. The contractor tests specifically for air leakage using a blower door and infrared scan and looks for opportunities to improve the home's insulation, heating and cooling system, windows, appliances, and lighting. The comprehensive audit process is what separates a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor from other home improvement contractors.

3. How do I sign up?

Fill out and submit the Contractor Participation Agreement. Or, and a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Account Manager will contact you.

4. What are typical cost-effective improvements?

Although specific measures will depend on the unique characteristics of each home, typical Home Performance with ENERGY STAR recommended improvements include:

  • Sealing gaps, cracks, and other leaks
  • Adding insulation
  • Sealing, repairing, and insulating air ducts
  • Repairing or replacing old heating and cooling systems
  • Installing ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances

5. What are the training requirements?

A contractor must have at least one full-time employee certified as a BPI Building Analyst. The BPI Building Analyst training consists of an in-class portion and an on-site portion. Several companies in Maryland provide BPI training, and the cost is typically $1,000–$1,500. Certification fees are usually $500–$600.

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