Existing Homes

Client: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Project: Green Jobs Green New York

NMR conducted a process evaluation of and market characterization and assessment NYSERDA’s “Green Jobs Green New York” program, which operates in conjunction with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. The overall objectives of the study were to document the experience of early changes to the program, provide input on the effectiveness of the program, and assess the degree to which program activities were in alignment with program goals. The evaluation specifically assessed barriers to achievement of program goals, influences of program activities on program perceptions, and processes for each program component. The evaluation drew upon information from primary and secondary data sources including a review of HPwES and GJGNY program documents and databases; in-depth interviews with program staff, implementation contractors, and HPwES contractors; surveys of program participants, general population non-participants, and low-moderate income non-participants; surveys of HPwES contractors; and reviews of secondary information.

Read the Green Jobs – Green New York Process Evaluation and Market Characterization Assessment Report

Client: California Public Utilities Commission

Project: Evaluation of the Designed for Comfort (DFC) Program

As part of the California New Construction Codes and Standards evaluation, NMR (under subcontract to KEMA) tracked the DFC program, which targets older affordable housing and provides design assistance, training, and incentives to improve building energy efficiency by 20% above existing conditions. The NMR team also conducted on-site inspections at two complexes in order to verify that incentivized measures were installed and operating properly.

Read the Impact Evaluation for the California Investor-Owned Utilities’ Residential New Construction Program Evaluation for Years 2006-2008

Clients: Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board in cooperation with Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating

Project: Weatherization Baseline

The State of Connecticut has a goal of weatherizing 80% of the residential units in the state by 2030. As a result of this legislation, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB) developed a draft weatherization standard that defines what constitutes weatherization. NMR Group, Inc. was asked to assess the current state of weatherization in Connecticut in an effort to provide DEEP, the EEB, and the electric and gas utilities (“the Companies”) with information that would assist their planning efforts in pursuit of the weatherization goal. The study involved on-site visits to 180 single-family homes across the state. NMR assessed compliance with the weatherization standard using both the prescriptive and performance paths.

Read the Connecticut Weatherization Baseline Assessment Final Report

Clients: Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board in cooperation with Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating

Project: Performance Measures and Financing Focus Groups

NMR conducted focus groups for the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board with the purpose of understanding why customers in a home energy assessment program did not make more frequent use of rebates and, especially, low-interest financing to adopt more costly measures that would nevertheless achieve the greatest energy savings for the households. Focus group attendees included participants who had used rebates for these “big ticket” items and those who had not done so.

Read the Connecticut Home Energy Solutions Stage 1 Performance Measures and Financing Focus Groups Report