Last fall, with generous support from E4TheFuture, a group of five industry groups, the Building Performance Institute (BPI), Efficiency First (EF), Home Energy Magazine and the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) to conducted an industry-wide survey. This survey was conducted by a third party, Acadia Consulting Group to ensure anonymity in responses. It’s good to get some statistically significant data rather than just hallway anecdotes, and the results are interesting (here a summary). Worth a review!
Some highlights include:
- Topping the list of challenges was finding qualified employees and contractors. This certainly verifies what I hear from contractors around the country day after day.
- Contractors also cited programs’ administrative burden up near the top of their list of challenges. Program folks, take note, this is real! Oddly enough, program sponsors didn’t see this as a problem! Market awareness gap?
- Contractors find the availability of low-cost financing, support in recruiting employees, and sales/lead generation support among the most helpful resources that building performance industry partners could provide.
- The highest rated potential policy initiatives focus on rebates and tax credits, weatherization for low-income families, financing, and contractor training–although contractors cited access to financing as the resource they would find most useful.
The highlight for me: seeing different industry organizations working together, collaborating, on something like this rather than talking past each other. That’s smart!