Communication of Energy Efficiency Information to Remodelers: Lessons From Current Practice

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The effective communication of energy efficiency and building science information to remodeling contractors is achieved through varying formats, timelines, and modes depending on who is delivering the information, who is intended to receive it, and what technical, intellectual,and time resources the recipients have at their disposal. Determining what type of communication is effective does notlend itself to a clearly quantifiable test but rather a qualitative one. That qualitative judgment can be supported by the research of current practices deemed effective for one or more of the following reasons: it has led to the successful completion of a certifying test or other evaluation, it has been widely used for the remodeling industry, it has been considered effective by a sampling ofremodeling contractors, and/or it has proven effective in the field for the BARA team. These criteria were used to create a select list of communications to be further analyzed to determine why they are effective and how less successful formats or strategies can be revised for greater effectiveness.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages49
StatePublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Building Media and the Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), Wilmington, Delaware

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-54559

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102012-3565


  • Building America
  • building science information
  • communications
  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • residential
  • residential buildings


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