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Congratulations to the Home Performance with Energy Star Housing Innovation Award Winners!

Posted by Ely Jacobsohn on November 20, 2014
Congratulations to the Home Performance with Energy Star Housing Innovation Award Winners!

Winners for the Department of Energy’s 2014 Housing Innovations Award were announced on September 23rd during a special event at Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EBBA)’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, MO. The Housing Innovation Awards support the Department’s commitment to help harness American ingenuity to commercialize and deploy cutting-edge technologies, as well as to promote improving the energy efficiency of the U.S. housing stock. Home Performance with Energy Star and Zero Energy Ready Homes programs recognized the very best in energy efficiency, comfort, and health in homes across the nation. Home Performance with Energy Star recognized participating contractors who excelled in the areas of Sales and Marketing, Industry Leadership, High Energy Savings, and Customer Relations.

Green Energy Improvement was recognized for Customer Relations and Sales and Marketing. Their outreach efforts go above and beyond the call of duty to spread awareness of home performance. The company has hosted over 50 private house parties and over 200 presentations with community organizations to share the value of home performance across the Chicago area. Their Home Performance with Energy Star Sponsor, Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, recognizes them as a clear leader among their 76 participating contractors for their efforts to expand the industry. Read more about the company here.

Isaac Home Energy Performance was awarded for its achievements in Industry Leadership. Their training program, Isaac University is available to all of their employees who can take classes oriented around their career goals. The company also administers a successful mentoring program, Lean on Me. Seasoned professionals accompany new hires on their jobs to answer questions and provide feedback. The program as yielded quantifiable results: skills are acquired faster and employee turnover is down. Read more about their success here.

Neil Kelly Home Performance was awarded for Industry Leadership and Customer Relations. An exemplary Quality Management System (QMS) plan sets them apart from their peers in efforts to ensure that all clients are satisfied with their projects. The company is constantly striving to improve the quality of their work. Management participated in a an eight month quality consultation program with Advanced Energy and Energy Trust of Oregon to develop a robust internal quality control process and a comprehensive quality management plan. All clients receive a survey from a third party to provide feedback on their project and a task force incorporates QMS results and customer feedback into procedures and trainings. Read more about the company here.

Quality Insulation Installers was recognized for its achievements in Industry Leadership and High Energy Savings. Quality Insulation Installers takes on projects that other contractors balk at and deliver high energy savings for their customers. They were recognized by their Home Performance with Energy Star Sponsor, Focus on Energy, with the Highest Energy Savings per Project Award in 2013. However, they would prefer if more contracting companies can complete the same quality projects as they can. Their philosophy is to move the industry forward by sharing information and techniques with other contractors. Read more about their success here.

 

Ely Jacobsohn is the HPwES Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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