Frequently Asked Questions
Which organizations are responsible for the development of the retrofit market?
As a result of California legislation, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have been given mandates and funding to stimulate and oversee retrofit industry development; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will oversee HomeSTAR. Municipalities working collaboratively or independently are developing energy plans and incentive/financing plans. Nonprofit and for-profit contractors, public affairs, program administration, accreditation and other industry organizations are the heart of the retrofitting marketplace.
Which certifications to I need to complete a retrofit project?
Currently, most retrofit programs require contractors to be California State License Board certified and to meet insurance requirements. New whole home retrofit programs will require these minimum qualifications for basic or prescriptive projects; advanced or performance projects will also require Building Performance Institute ( BPI) certification or accreditation and test-in/test-out of projects by a CEC-approved home rater.
How do I get more information?
- Monitor the Retrofit Central web pages
- Sign-up for the monthly e-newsletter Energy Connection
- Check the Energy Upgrade California, EfficiencyFIRST and San Diego Gas & Electric®web sites for program information
- Monitor organizations highlighted in the Retrofit Central pages (as programs are launched, new information will become available)
How do I keep up to date on the industry?
In addition to subscribing to Energy Connection, you may wish to sign-up for the CEC's Recovery List Server. Green employment opportunities are available at the Green Career Network, which brings employers and job seeks together for green jobs. Stay up to date on future trainings, seminars and workshops through the San Diego Energy Resource Center – a joint partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric® and CCSE.