NEECC Accreditations BPI - Building Performance Institute America's existing housing needs help. Many of the 128 million homes in this country were constructed before modern energy and building codes were established. These homes often suffer from performance problems ranging from inflated energy consumption to poor thermal comfort to indoor air quality issues.

We are a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work – providing training through a network of training affiliate organizations, individual certifications, company accreditations and quality assurance programs. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together leading building science experts from across North America to develop our standards using a consensus-based methodology.

The result? Sustainable, green-collar jobs in local communities that improve the comfort, health, safety, durability and energy efficiency of America’s existing houses.

We are a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work – providing training through a network of training affiliate organizations, individual certifications, company accreditations and quality assurance programs. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together leading building science experts from across North America to develop our standards using a consensus-based methodology. We are a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work – providing training through a network of training affiliate organizations, individual certifications, company accreditations and quality assurance programs. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together leading building science experts from across North America to develop our standards using a consensus-based methodology. We are a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work – providing training through a network of training affiliate organizations, individual certifications, company accreditations and quality assurance programs. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together leading building science experts from across North America to develop our standards using a consensus-based methodology. Efficiency Maine
Efficiency Maine's Residential Program helps Mainers save money and energy.
About Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Maine was initially established in 2002 by the State Legislature's "Act to Strengthen Energy Conservation," with clear goals of saving energy, reducing energy costs, helping the environment and promoting sustainable economic development in our state. At that time, Efficiency Maine was managed by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Today, Efficiency Maine continues to help businesses and residents all over Maine use energy resources more efficiently, reduce energy costs, and lighten the impact on Maine’s environment from the burning of fossil fuels.
Efficiency Maine's Residential Program helps Mainers save money and energy.
Efficiency Maine’s energy savings programs reduce the use of natural gas, propane, oil and electricity through energy efficiency improvements and the use of renewal resources, such as wind, solar and bio fuels.

We offer a wide range of programs providing incentives, training and technical assistance to residents, businesses, contractors, schoolchildren and others. We have special programs to help low-income Mainers and small businesses save energy and money. Some of our fastest-growing programs foster development of renewable wind and solar power.
  • Efficiency Maine's Business Program has trained hundreds of mechanical and electrical contracting businesses as "Efficiency Maine Qualified Partners," to provide efficient products, services, technical advice and assistance to commercial customers. Since 2003, Efficiency Maine has paid cash incentives to more than 3,130 businesses to help them purchase energy-saving equipment; saving these businesses more than 177 million kWh annually – worth more than $234 million in avoided electricity costs.
  • Our Residential Program partners with more than 300 retail stores to help promote high-efficiency CFLs and Energy Star appliances. Efficiency Maine also offers a Home Energy Savings Program that provides incentives to home owners who conduct a home energy audit and make home improvements to increase energy efficiency. Partners such as the Maine State Housing Authority and local Community Action Programs help serve low-income Mainers.
EnergyStar® Partner
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
Take a Whole-House Approach Contractors who participate in a locally-sponsored Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program offer homeowners a comprehensive approach to home improvement that provides better energy efficiency, greater comfort, and lower utility bill.

These specially-trained contractors evaluate homes using state-of-the-art equipment and recommend comprehensive improvements that will yield the best results.

More than 75,000 families have had their homes improved through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and home comfort, while helping to protect the environment.

These families are enjoying benefits like, fewer drafts, consistent temperatures across rooms, better ventilation and humidity control, and lower utility bills.
EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm (RRP Certified) Certified under rule: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)
EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm (RRP Certified)
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning.

Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.