Rebate & Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process

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The PEAP project evaluated AHFC’s weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and develop a feedback mechanism to improve each program.  Evaluation topics will include energy efficiency, affordability, safety, and durability outcomes by region, building type, income level, and program.  Energy savings and CO2 reduction for each program will be summarized and compared by square foot, dollars invested, retrofit option, and compared to other areas in Alaska, the US, and internationally. Further, through this project CCHRC staff will be able evaluate a host of building energy retrofit options to identify the value of energy efficiency retrofits and recommend the most effective ways of tapping into the energy efficiency resource.

Projects

AkWarm Updates CCHRC is updating AkWarm, the software used to rate the energy efficiency of Alaska homes, to account for renewable energy, heat loss characteristics, and regional variations in climate and energy.
HERS Software Development CCHRC is researching and developing guidelines for AHFC staff to use when reviewing software for compliance with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard.
PM 2.5 Reduction Policy CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions, finding that these efforts could cut emissions in half.
4-5 Star Plus Energy Rated Homes Survey & Analysis Ivan Moore Research (IMR) of Anchorage conducted a customer survey of Four Plus and Five-Star Plus homes to determine customer satisfaction and understanding of building components.
6-Star Green Program Development CCHRC outlined a program to add 6th Star to the home rating system, which included an AkWarm energy analysis and a green building analysis a national standard for energy efficiency.