The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring health and safety. BPA is proud to support this work with advocacy, education and training.
Weatherization is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from the elements, and of modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring health and safety.
BPA and WAP
The Building Performance Association (BPA) fights to keep WAP authorized and fully funded by working closely with House and Senate appropriators to ensure that crucial home performance agencies, programs, and initiatives are provided with the funds they need to advance home performance across the country.
Through regional and national conferences, BPA works to educate WAP professionals by developing workshops, tracks, sessions, and program updates that keep the WAP workforce highly skilled, trained, and certified by earning CEUs.
The BPA Allied Partner Network strengthens our collective position on industry programs and initiatives. BPA is proud to call the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) an Ally in regard to weatherization. NASCSP is a professional association whose members are state administrators of the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) and WAP.
How Home Performance and Weatherization Work Together
Home performance work is done by home performance contractors and weatherization professionals.
Weatherization professionals perform a variety of activities to weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, air sealing, adding insulation, and more. DOE’s WAP takes the "whole-house weatherization” approach that analyzes all of the building systems—the building envelope, heating and cooling systems, electrical system, and electric baseload appliances—through the completion of an energy audit.
BPA plays a key role in convening members of the home performance and weatherization communities to develop best practices for working together to ensure private sector engagement and common guidelines.