Who's Who at HPC: Julie Caracino
Julie Caracino is the Director of Research and Standards at the Association. Julie leads the organization’s national efforts to promote data standardization in the home performance industry through the development and management of several Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards including BPI-2200, BPI-2100, and BPI-2101. Julie has been instrumental in establishing HPXML as the common software language for the industry’s transactions. She also works closely with realtors and appraisers to make home energy information visible and accessible to homeowners, and writes on the value of smart home technologies for reducing energy usage and demand. Prior to joining HPC, Julie was a project manager on the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program at NYSERDA, where she led several new initiatives under the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision.
What do you enjoy the most about your role at HPC?
I enjoy working with a diverse group of stakeholders to identify and find solutions to some of the toughest barriers for growing the residential energy efficiency industry.
What is your proudest accomplishment at HPC?
Since I joined HPC in March 2016, I’ve been able to strengthen our partnerships with the real estate and appraisal industries. Their support is critical for ensuring that energy efficiency improvements are properly valued in the real estate transaction. We are currently working with the Building Performance Institute to update and expand the Home Performance Certificate (BPI-2101). The standard specifies requirements for documenting home energy upgrades in a way that is consistent with data standards used by realtors, appraisers, and lenders, an important foundational step for auto-populating multiple listing services.
I’m also leading an industry roadmapping process with the Department of Energy and the HPXML Working Group to identify strategies for increasing the adoption of open data standards, like HPXML, in the home energy efficiency industry. The Data Standards Roadmap is expected to be released in September 2017.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself we may not know.
I spent five years living abroad in my twenties. My experiences in India, England, and Israel really shaped my perspective of the world. It made me more tolerant, open-minded, and adaptable to new situations.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy most art forms and like being creative whenever possible. I paint, draw, refinish discarded furniture, and have previously worked in graphic design. I’m still a novice oil painter, but take classes at the famous Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. My dream is to one day have a studio where I can dedicate more time to my artistic endeavors.
*This painting below is Julie's reproduction of Goyita by R.Tufiño 1957.