Policy & Programs
The Building Performance Association, with over two decades of leadership in residential energy efficiency and home performance, supports policies that will enhance the expansion of home performance and energy efficiency businesses and industries that employ more than 2.25 million Americans across all 50 states. Energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest and least expensive way to reduce energy consumption while creating local jobs and providing health and comfort benefits to consumers.
Our federal and state-level policy work represent the aspirations and goals of our state and local membership and home performance industry allies. Our work dovetails with and builds upon the efforts of our affiliated regional and/or state chapter organizations. We welcome the input of our members and allies to help us identify new policy issues as they arise. For example, our current COVID-19 response advocacy work at the federal and state level is driven by the requests and informed by the testimony of our local BPA members.
A full list of the fourteen policy principles can be found here.
Recognition of the building performance workforce as a distinct and critical industry
Increased workforce development training and education for home performance contractors and businesses
Increased collaboration between the weatherization and home performance industries
Robust federal and state funding for building performance and weatherization
Economic development programs such as rebates and tax incentives, to increase market penetration of energy efficiency upgrades
Well-designed customer and contractor financing options
Modernized and reformed cost-effectiveness screening practices
The advancement of healthy homes, including policies that help remove barriers to home energy upgrades
Coordinating electrification initiatives with building science-based energy efficiency and weatherization
Expansion and use of smart home technologies
Consistent, secure and reliable access to quality data to improve the quantification of energy savings and non-energy benefits
Standardized data transfer and reporting to scale up energy efficiency upgrades
Policies and research that demonstrate the broader benefits of residential energy efficiency and weatherization in resiliency, healthy outcomes and climate change
Engagement of state and government agencies to advance the economic development potential of the energy efficiency industry