The Big Picture

Background

The concept for a network of qualified retrofit contractors in BC emerged through the development of the HPSC Working Roadmap. The roadmap is a document summarizing the vision and priority actions of industry and stakeholders to advance the home performance industry in BC. It was developed over approximately two years through:

  • Identification and recruitment of key industry stakeholders and leaders in each of the respective sector groups to actively participate.
  • Interviews, workshops, conference calls, and surveys to gather industry input and contributions defining the issues and developing recommendations.
  • Sector Council evaluation for sense checking and vetting of content and ideas.

Out of this document, came the concept of a network to manage accreditation, certification, and quality assurance of retrofit contractors in BC. Since 2018, the HPSC has been working with its Sector Councils to design this network, including developing the criteria, and with industry stakeholders, to provide meaningful synergies between energy efficiency programs.

Development

The criteria for the HPCN, including business requirements, code of conduct, trade designations, training, and ongoing management, were developed through facilitation with HPSC Sector Councils and broader sector contacts.

These Sector Councils consist of volunteer members of the five retrofit sectors ─ Fenestration, HVAC, Insulation, Renovation, and Energy Advisors ─ with current, real-world experience in their specialty. Anyone can apply to join the Sector Councils through the HPSC’s website and successful applicants must commit to a set of requirements. Industry representatives that are not members of the Sector Councils, still have the opportunity to engage with council and HPSC initiatives via newsletters, online surveys, and webinars.

The criteria development is under way for all home performance sectors, with varying timelines for each sector to launch into the HPCN. The first sector to launch is fenestration (windows and doors). The fenestration criteria were developed by the Fenestration Sector Council between 2020-2021 and are intended to serve as an interim standard with a desire to develop comprehensive training in the future.

Looking Ahead

The launch of the HPCN for fenestration is a great step forward for the home performance industry ─ and there are more opportunities to come!

The HPCN will evolve, expand, and improve over time to meet the changing opportunities and challenges in the industry. New initiatives always require some trial and error and the HPSC remains committed to ongoing evaluation and adjustments to the HPCN as warranted. As always, any changes will be considered with stakeholder engagement.

Stay tuned for more information on the HPCN for other home performance sectors.

The HPCN will be an ongoing foundation for the work of the HPSC moving forward. The network will provide new avenues for the HPSC to continue advancing the HPSC Working Roadmap actions as well as to introduce new, emerging priorities. 

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