|10, 2010 Volume 2, Issue 6|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
Weatherization Keeps Hitting Its Targets
DOE Shares Concerns About Quality, Need for Better Practices
At the recent NASCSP meeting, Weatherization’s Team Leader Bob Adams summarized quality assurance issues arising from DOE oversight, state monitoring, and Inspector General reports. Findings include:
Issue: Incomplete documentation of work and of the reasons for choosing/omitting measures.
Issue: Spending more than the SIR justifies on energy measures (Users of priority lists are most at risk.)
Issue: Skipping measures: There are a very few legitimate reasons for choosing a lower-SIR measure over a higher one, yet too many homes have received more windows and less insulation.
Issue: Poor Air Sealing: The "art" of W.A.P. work is really understanding the building as a system and sealing it appropriately. The network has too few "artists" for the demand, and quality assurance reviews reflect that fact.
Weatherizers Concerned About New Prohibition on Reimbursement for Call-Backs
DOE General Counsel ruled that once a unit is counted as complete, any call-back costs are not reimbursable. Many agencies assert that "legitimate" reasons for call-backs exist, including winter issues with furnaces repaired in summer, client confusion about new equipment, and monitors’ requests for additional measures. (No one disputes on paying for the same work only once.) EOS’s new staff will be supporting the national organizations in defining the impact of the ruling and crafting alternatives. If you are interested in joining a webinar/online-discussion to help, email email@example.com to be notified of the date.
EOS’s New Team Member
EOS is happy to announce Fred Stratton will be our ARRA Project Coordinator for Weatherization Management and Innovation Assistance. Fred has worked in the Tennessee State Energy Office for nearly two decades. His C.V. includes years managing utility efficiency programs, running his own energy services company, and service on a CAA Board in Bend, Oregon. He’ll be at the NCAF-CIF Conference, so stop and say hello!
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