Introduction to Weatherization - Department of Energy

Introduction to Weatherization - Department of Energy

Weatherization Assistance Program Mobile Home Park, Shutterfly Weatherization Energy Auditor Single Family Weatherization Assistance Program Standardized Training Curriculum December 2012 1 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov WEATHERIZATION ENERGY AUDITOR SINGLE FAMILY Introduction to Weatherization WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 2 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012

eere.energy.gov Learning Objectives INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS By attending this session, participants will be able to: Discuss the historical perspective of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Name characteristics of the client base served by the program. Recognize that building science guides the selection of measures installed with program dollars. Describe the principles of cost-effectiveness and the savings-to-investment ratio (SIR). Recognize modern weatherization measures. Cite communication guidelines for working with clients. Describe how energy audits guide weatherization work. 3 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov

Mission INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Mission of the Weatherization Assistance Program To reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, while ensuring their health and safety. 4 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Organization INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Organization: The Team Approach U.S. Department of

Energy Headquarters and the Project Management Centers 50 State Energy Offices, The District of Columbia, Native American Tribal Organizations, and five U.S. Territories Over 900 Local Agencies

5 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 Low-Income Households . eere.energy.gov Weatherization Process INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Wx Program Promotion and Client Recruitment Wx Program Intake and Eligibility Determination Contractor/Crew Final Inspection

Work Scope Implementation/ Installation Agency Final Inspection Client Follow-Up Applicant Selection and Preparation Auditor Background Familiarization Work Scope Development Initial Site Visit Auditor Conducts

Energy Audit, H&S Testing, etc. 6 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Low-Income Households INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Characteristics of Low-Income Households More than 90% of low-income households have annual incomes less than $15,000. More than 13% of these low-income households have annual incomes less than $2,000. Seventeen percent of annual income in low-income households is spent on energy vs. 4% by other households. The average energy expenditure in low-income households is $1,871 annually. The elderly occupy 34% of low-income homes.

7 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov History: 1976 to Early 1980s INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS First Generation Started in Maine as Winterization Originally administered by the Community Services Administration Used volunteer labor Installed low-cost measures Little or no production or financial accountability 8 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov History: Early 1980s to Late 1980s INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS

Second Generation Used volunteer labor under the Department of Labors Comprehensive Employment & Training Act Often installed temporary measures Little or no diagnostic technology Project Retro-Tech was energy audit Addressed the building envelope Blow and Go 9 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov History: 1990s INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Third Generation Used paid professional labor Addressed both building envelope and mechanical heating systems

Some states used diagnostic tools Computerization of various components of program State and national evaluations Structured training and technical assistance 10 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov History: 1990s to Present INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Fourth Generation Weatherization measures are permanent and cost-effective. States have rental plans to ensure that weatherization benefits, i.e., savings on utility bills, accrue to tenants, not landlords. States have health and safety plans that establish protocols for energyrelated health and safety measures, like relining chimneys or replacing faulty furnaces. There is increased use of advanced diagnostic tools and energy audits. Several states leverage funds from other Federal programs and often through utilities to expand the reach of their WAP.

Through coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) housing agencies, comprehensive rehabilitation and weatherization is possible. 11 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Old School Weatherization Measures INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Old School Weatherization Measures Window replacement Some attic insulation Storm windows Caulk (by the case) Door replacement Weather stripping

12 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Modern Weatherization Measures INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Modern Weatherization Measures Blower door-directed air sealing Duct sealing and modification Attic insulation Electric base load measures Dense-pack

Sidewall insulation Heating and cooling equipment repair and replacement CFLs Refrigerator replacement Water heater modification and replacement 13 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Results INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS More than 6.4 million homes have been weatherized to date with Federal and leveraged funds such as state and utility monies and fuel assistance program funds. The average reduction in energy used for space heating is

35%. Favorable benefit-cost ratio of 1.8:1. The program supports tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs nationwide; 52 direct jobs for every million dollars invested (before the Recovery Act). This number is changing dramatically with deployment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. 14 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Cost-Effectiveness INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Cost-Effectiveness Requirements Each individual weatherization materialand the package of weatherization materials installedmust be cost-effective. Cost-effectiveness is measured by the savings-toinvestment ratio, the amount of energy savings versus the cost to install a measure.

15 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Cost-Effectiveness INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Cost-Effectiveness Requirements (cont.) SIR > 1 means energy cost savings over the lifetime of the measure(s), discounted to present value, equal or exceed the cost of materials, installation, and on-site supervisory personnel. States may include additional related costs. Incidental repair costs must be included in overall SIR of entire package of measures. 16 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov

Typical Savings & Payback INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS TYPICAL MEASURES INSTALLED ENERGY SAVINGS PAYBACK PERIOD Virginia homes weatherized July 1988 to June 1989 Caulking Single family Gas heat...10% 30 years Weather stripping Single family Electric heat5%

21 years Replacement windows Mobile homes.10% 53 years Storm windows Attic insulation Virginia homes weatherized July 1989 to June 1990 Advanced air sealing Single family Site built24% 10 years Attic insulation

Mobile homes.17% 17 years High-density wall insulation Heating safety and efficiency improvements 17 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Why Do an Energy Audit? INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Save energy and money for the client Improve indoor air quality Promote building durability Increase comfort Powerful tool for informed decisions

Its a Win-Win (except for the energy vendors!) 18 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Save Energy INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Almost 40% of energy used in the U.S. goes to power commercial and residential buildings. 21% Buildings Residential 28% Transportation Half of that (20% U.S.

energy) is for space heating and cooling. Half of that (heating and cooling energy) is wasted. Buildings Commercial 18% 33% Industry Chart Courtesy of 2008 Buildings Energy Data Book. A 5 Quad savings opportunity! 19 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Improve Indoor Air Quality INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS

Prevent mold/mildew. Eliminate odors. Reduce respiratory ailments. The homeowner installed this device to save energy. Why is it a bad idea? Photo courtesy of Tony Gill 20 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Extend Building Life INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS The same conditions that lower IAQ can reduce building

durability. Whats bad for the home occupants is usually bad for the home. Mold growing on floor stringers over a dirt-floored crawl space. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Energy 21 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Increase Comfort INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS No drafts No cold floors No hot or cold rooms No fogged windows

Photo courtesy of Tony Gill 22 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Communicating with Clients INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Basics of Communication Respect Boundaries Understanding 23 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Communication 101 INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Communication of Feelings and Attitudes

Words (7%) Body Language (55%) Tone of Voice (38%) Actions speak louder than words. 24 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Respect INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS We Are in Their Homes Pride of Ownership Privacy Sensitivity Ask yourself, How would I feel if people behaved

this way around my children/mother/grandparents? 25 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Boundaries INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Personal Space Acceptable distance differs widely by culture Other Boundaries Closed doors Violating personal space is threatening Image created for U.S. Dept. of Energy 26 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012

eere.energy.gov Understanding INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Understanding Each Other Includes understanding and being understood. Intention What are you trying to communicate? Getting answers Client education Know your Audience Use terms they will understand. Barriers Are there barriers to effective communication? Language Culture Poor hearing or sight 27 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Client Interview #1

INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Assessment begins with meeting and interviewing the client. Follow the ground rules of showing respect, honesty, and understanding. Making the client part of the auditing process often yields very important clues about: - Health and safety - Comfort - Energy efficiency 28 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy eere.energy.gov

Client Interview #2 INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Use the interview process to learn more about how the home works. How many people live in the home? Are there cold rooms? Hot rooms? Do they use window shades to control solar heat gain? Are certain parts of the house ever closed off for temperature control? To what temperature is the thermostat typically set? Do they use the fireplace or unvented space heaters? What are the fuel bills? Ask the client about issues related to health and safety. Does anyone in the home have asthma? Are headaches a chronic problem in the heating season? 29 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Client Interview #3

INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS Explain the audit process and discuss retrofit options. Air leakage testing Health and safety assessment Heating and cooling assessment Base load analysis Existing conditions that may effect the building integrity or client health and safety How the home and client lives will be improved through weatherization 30 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov Summary INTRODUCTION TO WEATHERIZATION FOR AUDITORS WAPs mission is to reduce utility bills for low- to moderate-income clients.

Cost-effectiveness guides the selection of measures. The energy auditor collects information to determine the cost-effectiveness of measures and possible incidental repairs. The benefits of weatherization include reduced energy bills, increased comfort, and improved IAQ and building durability. Show respect for clients and their belongings whenever you enter their home. 31 | WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM December 2012 eere.energy.gov

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