Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Best Practices Guidance for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released for comment today a series of best practice tools to maintain or improve indoor air quality and residents’ health when performing home energy retrofits. These protocols are intended to ensure home energy retrofits include appropriate health protections. EPA’s draft protocols will be available for public comment for 30 days.

The draft “Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades” are intended for voluntary adoption by weatherization assistance programs, federally funded housing programs, private sector home performance contractors, and others working on residential retrofit or remodeling efforts of single family and multi-family low-rise residential homes. The protocols include recommended minimum specifications and best practices to be followed during and after home energy retrofits.

The protocols are a companion document to the Department of Energy’s Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades. The DOE guidelines are intended to foster the growth of a skilled work force that will increase the homeowner’s confidence in the retrofit industry and increase the demand for home energy retrofits.

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