Best Practices for Residential Energy Retrofit Program Design

Best Practices in Multifamily Retofit Programs

An extensive best practices white paper and three case studies on residential multifamily retrofit programs. [March 2012] View the reports


California Contractors Survey

A survey of contractor assessments of the Energy Upgrade California program as of August 2011. n extensive best practices white paper and three case studies on residential multifamily retrofit programs. [August 2011] View the survey results document. 


Retrofit Program Best Practices Project

The Best Practices Committee of the Home Performance Resource Center developed this series of reports to aid program managers, program designers and policymakers in the design and implementation of successful home energy retrofit programs. The series includes nine case studies analyzing state and local energy retrofit programs, and four sets of best practices recommendations focusing on the areas of finance and incentives, marketing, workforce development and business models. [March 2010]

Case Studies:

Best Practices White Paper

Summary of best practices recommendations developed from the nine case studies

Finance and Incentives Recommendations

How programs should structure audit incentives; how retrofit incentives can best increase consumer demand; the most effective kinds of financing structures; considerations for programs in small vs. large areas

Marketing Recommendations

Marketing strategies for launching residential retrofit programs; long-term marketing strategies; how marketing campaigns can increase audit-to-retrofit conversion rates; considerations for designing marketing campaigns

Workforce Development Recommendations

Increasing worker awareness and interest in the industry; how to conduct worker training programs; how training programs can promote quality work; strategies for maximizing job creation and long-term, sustainable employment

Business Models Recommendations

Designing programs that encourage private investment in growing the market and expanding industry capacity; allowing for innovation in technology and business models; creating and maintaining industry standards; considerations regarding the auditor-contractor relationship