Weatherization Training Takes Off in the Southeast

January/February 2004
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2004
To increase cooling efficiency in hot climates, trainers are taking the whole-house approach where it hasn't gone before.
        A new training regimen is helping Mississippi adopt a whole-house approach to weatherization.And the whole-house approach is spreading to other hot-climate states. In 1995, representatives of the hot-climate states met in Dallas with building scientists from the nation’s research laboratories to address what the states felt were inadequacies in the way weatherization was done in climates that were dominated by cooling energy needs. The southeastern states felt that national weatherization funding was primarily directed at reducing winter heating energy needs in cold climates, and that not enough attention was given to reducing cooling energy use in hot climates.         A result of the Dallas meeting was DOE’s Hot Climate Initiative, the purpose of which was to help hot-climate states increase energy savings for their low-income clients.The initiative languished for several years due to lack of funding, but when funding became available again in 2001, the initiative was reinvigorated. As part of the initiative,D&R International developed a technical training project and piloted it in Mississippi in the summer of 2003.The focus of the training was to help the state adopt a whole-house approach ...

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