National Building Museum Presentation

Slides from a 2007 presentation, outlining the industrialization of the process of producing energy savings. Outlines a pilot program in California using TREAT and implementing low-cost rapid feedback of energy savings. Tagline: Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas Publisher: PSD Type: Presentation Sector: Programs

Head of Ithaca Firm Featured in HUD Energy Webcast

Greg Thomas, president Performance Systems Development, spoke with a small group of colleagues from around the country in a webcast sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday, May 17, 2007. The webcast focused on energy efficiency improvements for high-rise and multi-family housing units. “There is an increasing demand for…

So You Want To Be a Home Performance Contractor

Overview of the home performance contractor business, getting started in the home performance industry, and tools of the trade. Published in Home Energy Magazine, 2005. Topics: The Big Picture — using a whole-house approach, tools and training, and business basics. Why Do It? — Top five reasons to go into home performance contracting: Ethics, differentiation,…

Ithaca Company Gets National Recognition for Energy Efficiency Accomplishments

At a press conference held today by the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Performance Systems Contracting (PSC) was recognized for its national leadership in developing and providing Home Performance with Energy Star services. The press…

Greening of a Home Performance Contractor

This article from Home Energy Magazine examines the expansion of Performance Systems Contracting into renewable energy and green building, driven by local competition and consumer demand and the resulting success and growth. Tagline: May 2005, Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas Publisher: Home Energy Magazine Type: Article

Charting the Home Performance Contractors Territory

This peer reviewed paper reports on the survey work and the resulting development of a comprehensive set of protocols for home performance contractors. The paper also looks briefly at how the total resource cost test impacts home performance programs. Tagline: August 2004, Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas

Strategies for Success

A summary of business practices for whole-house contractors to consider adopting for growth and success.   Tagline: March 2004, Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas and Bill Knight Publisher: Home Energy Magazine Type: Article Sector: Contractors

PIER Whole House Contracting Study

This report, sponsored by the California Energy Commission through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Buildings Program, was co-written by Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc. and Performance Systems Development. Summary: Results of a survey of home performance contractors across the country, designed to identify best practices for home retrofits. Focus was placed on both business and technical practices, with the…

Welcome to the Machine

This paper examines how the process of producing energy savings in energy efficiency programs can be compared to the Total Quality Management approach to process control for an industrial process producing manufactured products. The comparison indicates how a process of continuous feedback and process improvement can be appropriately designed for energy efficiency programs. A combination…