The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan establishes a benchmark for quality home energy upgrades. The plan includes a communication requirement that all WAP Grantees must meet. In this section you will learn more about this requirement and find resources and examples to help you meet this obligation in the field.
Once field standards and field guides have been aligned to meet the guidelines and standards requirement, state Grantees must meet a communication requirement to ensure that the Grantee is implementing work quality standards that align with the Standard Work Specifications (SWS); anyone doing the actual home energy upgrade work is aware of these standards; and that every home is inspected and complies with the SWS.
HOW TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT
- Grantees must provide subgrantees and/or contractors with technical requirements for field work including: audits/testing; installation of energy conservation, health and safety and incidental repair measures; and final inspections.
- The Grantee must confirm receipt of those requirements and provide follow-up and clarification upon request. A signature on a contract can serve as proof of receipt.
- The technical requirements must be clearly communicated and the specifications for work to be inspected must be referenced in subgrantee contracts.
- Contractors hired by the subgrantee must have agreements that include the same technical requirements referenced above. The work of the contractor must be consistent with the Grantee standards and field guides.
This document walks Grantees through the Communications requirement of the Quality Work Plan.
EXAMPLES FROM THE WAP NETWORK
The National Renewable Energy Lab and the U.S. Department of Energy are currently seeking the below resources to further support the WAP network. Materials can be submitted to WAPinfo@nrel.gov.
- Example of communication with compliance from subgrantees
- Sample contract language
- Testimonials on meeting this requirement
Immediately – All subgrantee agreements and vendor contracts, active in Program Year 2015 and beyond, will contain language which clearly documents the specifications for work as outlined in this section.