A Guide for Contractors New to the Weatherization Assistance Program

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This guide equips contractors with knowledge to succeed in the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Welcome to the Green Workforce Connect “Contractor’s Guide to Success” for the Weatherization Assistance Program. This guide aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to succeed as a weatherization contractor—whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting in the field. 

Weatherization is a vital service for millions of households nationwide, helping low-income families make their homes more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. It also helps the environment. As a contractor, you are at the forefront of this important work and can make a positive impact on the communities you serve. 

This guide covers essential topics, from business management and technical skills to customer service and compliance. Let’s get started on the path to weatherization contractor success!

The guide can be viewed on this website or as a downloadable PDF.

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2. Preparation

3. Application

4. Starting Work & Quality Control

5. Growing Your Business

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This guide is published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a national nonprofit organization that builds the foundation for the rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. IREC leads the Green Workforce Connect initiative, which aims to hire a new generation of home energy professionals for a rapidly expanding energy industry sector. 

We want to express our gratitude to the contributors who have made this “Contractor’s Guide to Success” possible. Thank you for enriching this guide and empowering weatherization contractors to excel in their profession.

  • Mark Kravatz, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence and East Bay
  • Larry Zarker, Building Performance Institute, Inc.
  • Kelly Carey, Building Performance Institute, Inc.
  • Nancy Kaplan, Building Performance Institute, Inc.
  • Kye Garvin, National Association for State Community Services Programs
  • Suzanne Harmelink, Slipstream Group, Inc.
  • Destiny Murrell, Oklahoma Department of Commerce