May 07, 2012
Workshops to Take Place May 15-16 at Bulger Communication Center
To help residential building contractors improve their business models and boost profitability during this slow economy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is sponsoring a two-day workshop with the Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) to include panels of successful contractors who expanded their business by participating in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program.
The workshop will be held May 15-16 at the Bulger Communication Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.
Targeted to contractors focused on residential and small commercial remodeling/replacement, the “New York Contractor Exchange: Grow Your Business in a Difficult Market” workshop includes panel presentations by contractors and energy efficiency experts who have successfully incorporated energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives into traditional contracting business models. Panel discussions will cover leveraging NYSERDA financing, including the On-Bill Recovery Financing Program, which facilitates repayment of home improvement loans through utility bills, and will discuss cash-back incentive programs.
Contractors say that using HPwES, a program administered by NYSERDA, has helped them address customers’ unmet needs, boost customer loyalty and increase their revenue.
HPwES employs a “house-as-a-system” philosophy to improving a home's efficiency. It uses participating contractors accredited by BPI to deliver the next generation of energy-efficient services to homes. Participating contractors can provide New Yorkers with access to free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy assessments, home improvement services and low-interest financing. Contractors can also take advantage of training. Financing, energy audits, and workforce development opportunities are made available through the Green Jobs-Green New York Act of 2009.
For More Information
Visit www.egia.org for more information or to register for the event.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975. For more information, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov.
About the Building Performance Institute
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization. BPI develops technical standards using an open, transparent, consensus-based process built on sound building science. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards. For more information on BPI, visit www.bpi.org.
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