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  • 1.  Weatherization Without Walkaways: Change is Coming, But Needs a Push

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 12 days ago

    Part of our U.S. housing crisis is the energy burden faced by people living in older homes who cannot afford efficiency upgrades --or even the basic repairs needed for such work to begin. This affects up to 10.6 million (~30%) of all homes that are eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

    Fortunately, lawmakers are recognizing that we must act, and funding is on its way. But not nearly enough to solve this difficult problem -- more is needed

    Don't miss @Steve Cowell's blog:
    Weatherization Without Walkaways

    Xavier Walter
    State Outreach
    Building Performance Association

  • 2.  RE: Weatherization Without Walkaways: Change is Coming, But Needs a Push

    Posted 11 days ago
    Its nice that this topic is finally getting some attention and funding (DOE Readiness funds).  Unfortunately in Weatherization, deferrals caused by presence of vermiculite insulation or many structural issues like leaky roofs, have caused and are still causing many deferrals of low income Weatherization projects across the country.  These folks need assistance more than anyone.  They have structural issues on top of a drafty and poorly insulated home.  Weatherization isn't about cherry picking and doing the most and easiest projects you can to meet your quota.  It about helping those most in need (at least that's how I see it). Its great that DOE and many states are giving this the attention is deserves.  Unfortunately we need quite a bit more money for this than is likely available.  But its a start. 

    Geoffrey Wilcox
    Vermont Weatherization Program Director
    State of Vermont. Program Director Manager

  • 3.  RE: Weatherization Without Walkaways: Change is Coming, But Needs a Push

    Posted 11 days ago
    Thank you Zave! 
    With Steve's blog, E4TheFuture also offers related resources! See our Toolkit and updates page.

    And it ties to this blog by Macie

    DOE Invests $18 Million in Weatherization


    Increasing WAP-eligibility for multifamily, single family, and manufactured homes – The projects may develop new methods and partnerships to shorten the timeframe for moving buildings and homeowners through the retrofit process, for bringing previously unserved homes off deferral/waitlists and into the weatherization pipeline by addressing high-cost repairs and health and safety hazards, and protocols for identifying and preparing homes to become all-electric or electrification-ready. 

    Carol Harley
    Communications Director
    Framingham MA