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…

Keeping Score

A package of software tools is designed to make routine measurement of actual energy savings cost-effective for home performance contractors. This article applies Total Quality management thinking to residential energy savings and home performance process for contractors and shows how systems and software can support this process. Tagline: Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas Type:…