Skip to content

Resource Library

DOE: WAP Standard Work Specifications

Website

Overview

Visit the WAP Standard Work Specifications (SWS) webpage for a free online tool and industry guide that defines the minimum acceptable outcomes for home energy upgrades.

The Standard Work Specifications (SWS) is a free online tool and industry guide that defines the minimum acceptable outcomes for home energy upgrades.

What Are the SWS?

Download the SWS Fact Sheet 

This one-pager provides a brief overview of the SWS as an industry guide and a free online tool.

The SWS define the minimum acceptable outcomes for home energy upgrades installed on single-family, multifamily, and manufactured housing. The SWS reflect a whole-house approach to installing energy efficiency measures, which can include ventilation, insulation, and air sealing. 

By developing industry-approved work specifications and defining quality work, the SWS help establish residential energy upgrades as a national industry, and provide a common benchmark against which consumers, financers, and policymakers can measure performance of home energy efficiency measures.

The Standard Work Specifications (SWS) are a free online tool and industry guide that defines the minimum acceptable outcomes for home energy upgrades.

Online Tool Features

Learn how to create a free customizable field guide on the SWS Help page.

Along with access to the industry-approved work specifications, the SWS online tool provides its users with the ability to build, customize, and share field guides. This feature allows users the flexibility they need to create guides for implementing weatherization measures specific to their needs. Features include:

  • Branding the cover page with a customizable title, logo, and disclaimer.
  • Selecting relevant details and adding images and captions.
  • Choosing to make the field guide private or shared with the community.
  • Accessing other community-shared guides.
  • Downloading the customized field guide as a PDF

Learn more and access resources

Related Resources

Hyperlink icon to reveal a BPA Resource

Weatherization Program Notice BIL-5: BIL Average Cost Per Dwelling Unit and Allowable Use of Funds Update

This is an update to how BIL grantees should calculate the ACPU in weatherized homes & allowable expenditures for WAP funds.

Hyperlink icon to reveal a BPA Resource

IREC: A Guide to Success for Contractors New to the Weatherization Assistance Program

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

Hyperlink icon to reveal a BPA Resource

DOE: State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants

The State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants makes $200 million available to state energy offices so they can train, test, and certify residential energy efficiency and electrification contractors.