The Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project fosters the growth of a high-quality residential energy upgrade market and a skilled, credentialed workforce. As a result, utility and energy-efficiency program administrators can:
- Find, qualify, and retain capable and committed contractors through accredited training programs and professional certifications.
- Ensure contractors can meet program expectations through rigorous professional certifications that validate experience and capabilities.
- Define roles, responsibilities, and skills needed for energy auditors, installers/technicians, crew leaders, and quality control inspectors through job task analyses (JTAs).
- Set uniform expectations for program execution through standard work specifications that define the outcomes of quality work.
- Reduce program costs, improve service delivery, reduce callbacks and installation errors, and lessen legal liability by delivering quality work from an improved workforce.
- Communicate credibility and inspire consumer confidence through U.S. Department of Energy support for standard work specifications, accredited training, and certification programs.
- Improve energy stability and lower energy costs for low-income families through upgraded homes and greater efficiency of U.S. housing stock.