The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) supported two projects that allowed local weatherization agencies to experiment with including new and innovative materials and energy efficiency technologies provided to weatherization clients.
Under the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC) project, DOE provided grants to local weatherization agencies to install weatherization materials and technologies that have promise for additional energy savings and benefits beyond traditional measures. This project was funded by the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and you can read about SERC goals in the fact sheet titled SERC Grants Expand Weatherization Technologies.
Previously these materials or technologies were not included in the list of measures approved by WAP. For example, weatherization agencies used SERC grants to test the effectiveness of solar electricity, wind energy generation, various hot water heating technologies, in-home energy monitors, heat pumps, and cool roofs. See the list of SERC projects.
DOE has published several fact sheets summarizing SERC projects:
Monitoring SERC Technologies Webinars
The following webinars deal with how to install and monitor performance of equipment installed by weatherization service providers.
Monitoring Ground Source Heat Pumps
November 3, 2011
Monitoring Solar Thermal (Hot Water)
October 27, 2011
Monitoring Solar Photovoltaics
October 20, 2011
Monitoring On-Demand/Tankless Water Heaters
October 4, 2011
SERC Technologies Webinars
The following webinars deal with how to include the following technologies in weatherization services.
April 11, 2011
Efficient Residential Water Heaters
February 22, 2011
Photovoltaics for Residential Buildings
January 25, 2011
Community-Based Social Marketing for Weatherization Programs
January 11, 2011
Residential Geothermal Heat Pump Retrofits
December 14, 2010
Passive Solar Building Design and Solar Thermal Space Heating
November 30, 2010
Solar Water Heating
November 16, 2010
DOE began the Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program (WIPP) in 2010 to accelerate innovations in whole-house weatherization for low-income families. These innovations include the use of new materials, technologies, behavior-change models, and processes for whole-house weatherization. Read a summary of WIPP objectives in DOE's Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program fact sheet.
In addition, WIPP projects include new and nontraditional partners for weatherization service providers and leverage significant non-federal financial resources. See the list of WIPP projects.
DOE published the following WIPP highlights: