Become a Participating Contractor

Follow this process to join the program, take advantage of benefits and start completing jobs through the Residential Existing Homes program

Step 1: Become a Building Performance Institute (BPI) GoldStar Contractor

To participate in the Residential Existing Homes program (Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® and EmPower New York), your employees will need to pass BPI certification tests, and your business must be a BPI GoldStar Contractor. Training can help your employees get the preparation they need. Find a training program near you. For additional information, visit BPILink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Step 2: Read the Participation Agreement and Sign Signature Form

Read the current Participation Agreement in its entirety. To apply for participation, you will need to download, complete, sign, and submit the Participation Agreement Signature Form.

Step 3: Purchase diagnostic equipment

You'll need to lease or purchase diagnostic equipment, including a blower door, computer software and other tools. You may also want to invest in equipment such as an insulation blower to help you complete energy efficiency projects.

Participating contractors are eligible for financial incentives that can help reduce equipment and other operating costs.

Step 4: Market your services

NYSERDA invests in marketing outreach throughout New York to promote our participating contractors. This helps generate leads for participating contractors—which come through listings on NYSERDA’s website and hotline referral database.

Step 5: Perform home energy assessments

The home energy assessment is a top-to-bottom examination of a home’s energy efficiency performance—and a cornerstone of home performance contracting. Every home performance project you complete will begin with a home energy assessment.

For most homeowners, the home assessment is free (NYSERDA pays the contractor directly), so home assessments are an excellent tool for promotion and sales.

Step 6: Do Home Performance work

Following the home assessment, you will provide your customers with a report explaining the energy efficiency performance of their home. This report becomes each customer’s roadmap for moving forward with energy efficiency improvements. Instead of one-shot work on a single aspect of your customers’ homes, you’ll develop long-term relationships where you provide solutions to problems. In terms of revenue and customer satisfaction, that’s a big difference.

After you complete each project, you’ll qualify for a cash incentive worth a percentage of the value of eligible upgrades you installed.

Refer to the Contractor Resource Manual for exact details about participating in the program. If you have questions, feel free to contact your Regional Account Manager (download the full list here [PDF]).