Energy Retrofit – New Market for Contractors

The emergence of the Energy Retrofit market will deliver attractive value and savings for homeowner and buyers.   2011 will bring rebates, increase home value, immediate comfort and energy savings.

As much as all this value for homeowners delivers, one of the key incentives is to stimulate the economy and the ailing construction industry.  Construction is suffering unemployment anywhere from 25% to 38%.   We have a depression industry inside our lackluster economy.

Several rebates are slated for the beginning of 2011.  SDG&E’s Energy Upgrade California will be available first.  National HomeSTAR awaits senate approval.  Chula Vista launched Home Upgrade/Carbon Downgrade.  City of San Diego also has plans to also offer energy retrofit rebates.

Energy Retrofits
The Energy Retrofit market is a great opportunity for contractors.  Energy Retrofits will create immediate work and add incremental work for any remodels.  It will also launch contractor into a new specialization as a Home Performance Contractor.

Contractors must be certified as Home Performance Contractors.  Certification is required through Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a Business Analyst and House Envelope.   Also required certification is a Home Energy Rating Service as a HERS II designation.

Now is the time for contractors to take advantage of subsidized training from government grants.  Center for Sustain Energy & Cuyamaca College are presently offering BPI training free for qualified attendees.   Other training companies and colleges have access to Workforce development funds for companies to get their employees trained.  Please see table below for further information.

This is a new market niche that will only grow from government policies, rising energy costs and limitation of natural resources.  With existing inventory of pre 1980 homes, there’s a solid future of improving residential energy efficiency for a long time to come.

Training Contact   Prerequisite Incentives *
Center for Sustained Energy Justin Fulton
Program Mgr-EUC
BPI Construction background, Mandatory orientation Basic course is free. Will have costs for certification/tests
Cuyamaca College
Clean Energy Workforce Training
Molly Hughes
Project Coordinator
619 660-4046
BPI Unemployed or under employed, Free to individuals.Subsidized costs for employers
Greener Dawn – Solana Beach Cortland Weisleder
(858) 345-1679
BPI   Subsidized costs for companies to train employees.
CBPCA  Karen
HERS Unemployed or under employed Subsidized costs for companies to train employees
* Funds are limited.  Promptly evaluate these programs

Energy Efficiency & Appliance Rebates – San Diego County

Homeowner and Home buyers can take advantage or existng and upcoming rebates to improve energy efficiency.  This will reduce capital investment while at the same time lowering energy costs and improving sustainability.   More rebates are scheduled for 2011.  Homeowners, buyer,  real estate agents & lenders will leverage these programs to stimulates business in the struggling construction and real estate industy. 

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