NYSERDA Launches The New York Home Performance Portal, Advances Standards

670px-Albany_PanoramaEnergySavvy and Conservation Services Group Jointly Deliver Project Management Portal for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Conservation Services Group (CSG) and EnergySavvy have collaborated on a new program management portal that is designed to enhance communication among homeowners, contractors and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA’s) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program managers.  The New York Home Performance Portal will increase customer satisfaction, improve the contractor experience and accelerate completion of energy efficiency projects.

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The Portal provides access to information that allows homeowners, contractors and NYSERDA to track individual energy efficiency projects and program data through an easy-to-access web interface.

“In the past year, NYSERDA achieved a major milestone for its Home Performance program with the completion of the program’s 50,000th project. CSG has worked with NYSERDA for more than a decade and strives to continually enhance the Home Performance program to make it more cost effective and deliver greater efficiencies,” said Mark Dyen, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Products at CSG. “For NYSERDA’s Home Performance Program, we worked closely with contractors, responding to their calls for easier, faster ways to handle everyday program administrative tasks. The integration of EnergySavvy’s Optix software platform with CSG’s project management database accomplishes this.”

To help NYSERDA grow its Home Performance program and increase energy savings per dollar spent, CSG selected EnergySavvy’s Optix demand-side management software platform for its easy-to-use project tracking and workflow features. With integration between EnergySavvy Optix’s platform and CSG’s EnergyMeasure® HUBProgram Management System, the New York Home Performance Portal provides automated incentive and project eligibility screening, incentive optimization, project details, and homeowner financing status.

The New York Home Performance Portal is capable of seamlessly receiving data from any HPXML-compliant* energy modeling tool approved for use in the Home Performance Program. A pilot program, using Energy Design Systems’ Auditor software, is currently underway, making this one of the first production applications of HPXML data transfer in the country. HPXML provides a national standard to easily communicate building retrofit data between software tools and stakeholders.

“NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program provides a model for the industry,” said Aaron Goldfeder, CEO of EnergySavvy. “By focusing on breaking down data silos, leveraging industry standards like HPXML and improving the contractor experience, one of the largest energy efficiency programs in the country will continue to grow to meet the energy efficiency needs of the state. We’re proud to work with CSG and NYSERDA on this important program.”

* HPXML stands for Home Performance XML. Learn more about the industry data standard at http://www.hpxmlonline.com/data_transfer.html.

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