Home Performance Coalition Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. Partners will focus on expanding awareness of homes’ energy efficiency and streamlining the processes used to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes. The Home Performance Coalition is proud to have joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and is committed to strengthening the energy efficiency industry through policy work and conference education.
The Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator supports the President’s Climate Action Plan with a goal to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country. Today, 32 partners were welcomed by the Energy Department for their commitments to advance home energy efficiency across the country.
The Home Energy Information Accelerator brings together leaders in real estate and energy efficiency to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions. Accelerator partners will develop and demonstrate replicable, sustainable approaches that make energy-related information—such as a home’s efficiency certification or its estimated energy usage – easily available through multiple listing services and other reports.
The Home Performance Coalition will support this initiative through its mission of creating energy-efficient, healthy, sustainable homes through education, training, advocacy, and outreach. “By combining policy work at the federal and state government levels with conference education, HPC’s work is a natural fit for this partnership as the organization strives to strengthen the residential energy efficiency industry,” said Brian T. Castelli, president and CEO of the Home Performance Coalition.
“By improving the efficiency of buildings across the country, Better Buildings partners are saving money by saving energy, creating more sustainable communities, and helping to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change,” said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr. “Expanding the program to include water savings and the residential sector means that American families can be a part of this successful partnership that cuts costs and pollution.”
Better Buildings Accelerators convene leaders across sectors and building types to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency. As Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator partners share their successes with the market, resources will be posted in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center. The Solution Center is an online tool designed to help organizations explore the solutions tested and proven by partners.
As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
For a detailed progress report on the Better Buildings Initiative, and for more information on how to join these partners and advance your own energy efficiency work, visit: http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov
Stephanie Rex is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Home Performance Coalition.
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