Building a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Energy Efficiency Workforce

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) envisions a future where the U.S. building industry leads globally in delivering quality efficiency products and services to American consumers and businesses. One barrier to achieving this vision is the difficulty reported by energy efficiency employers in finding qualified candidates (NASEO and EFI 2020). However, this barrier also presents an opportunity for the industry to expand in a way that invites and supports a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. The scope of energy, climate, and technology challenges the country faces will require the talents of all Americans. The purpose of this study therefore is to identify key factors to creating successful workforce development and inclusion programs that will support the future of the building industry. These factors can be applied to individual companies, training programs, or broader industry efforts.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages40
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-81498


  • building industry
  • construction
  • DEI
  • diversity
  • energy efficiency
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • workforce


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