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Key Things to Know about Working in the Home Performance Industry
Home performance is a term used to describe how all aspects of a
home work together as one comprehensive system.
Workers in the field:
are individuals, contractors, and weatherization specialists who are trained to work in a home.
identify issues in the home such as drafts, mold, high energy costs, and discomfort.
provide solutions that address issues and improve overall comfort, health, safety, and energy efficiency.
Snapshot of Roles & Career Paths
Auditor, Advisor, Consultant
In this role, you’ll assess homes, measure energy efficiency, and evaluate the effectiveness of systems. Tasks include using data, addressing health and safety concerns, and educating homeowners about energy efficiency.
$22-$53 per hour
In this role, you’ll do essential repairs, installations, and modifications of homes to enhance their energy efficiency. Tasks include adding insulation, sealing air gaps, installing windows and doors, and conducting health and safety inspections.
$12-$25 per hour
In this role, you’ll do maintenance, repairs, and installations of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in homes. Tasks include assessing air pressure, refrigerant levels, and temperatures, customer service, and ensuring that systems are correctly commissioned.
$20-$42 per hour
Earnings Source: Green Buildings Career Map, Indeed.com
Skills & Training You’ll Need
Important to Have
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Experience, education or a general understanding of the building trades, building science, and/or housing construction
- Experience with hand and power tools
Helpful to Have
- Two-year degree, vocational or technical school training
- BPI-Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge
- RESNET HERS Rater certification
Community Colleges and Trade Schools in Maine
Ready to make a difference? Begin your energy efficiency career in Maine!
For more information and resources in Maine, visit the official Maine BPA Affiliate page. We have organized to foster mutual collaboration and the exchange of information and ideas as we support Maine's expansion of home and building performance and energy efficiency businesses and industries.
Green Buildings Career Map
This map explores the four major sectors of the green buildings and energy efficiency industry, charting possible progression between those occupations, and identifying the sorts of credentials necessary to do them well.