Contractors

Become a Participating Home Upgrade Contractor

Participating Contractors are essential partners in helping homeowners save energy and save money with energy efficiency upgrades. Skilled whole-home and specialty contractors are encouraged to become part of the Home Upgrade network.

As a Participating Contractor, you’ll receive training, which SDG&E will provide at no cost, and mentoring opportunities to increase your marketability and competitive edge.

Benefits

  • Listing in an online directory that is the go-to resource for energy efficiency projects in the SDG&E service territory
  • Connections to homeowners looking for energy efficiency improvements
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Technical training, including Home Performance Assessment Skills and Home Energy Modeling courses, provided at no charge by SDG&E 

Eligibility

  • Have a California contractor’s license appropriate to the scope of work required for performing Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade projects
  • Meet insurance and bonding requirements
  • Employ or subcontract with at least one person who holds an active BPI Building Analyst (BA) certification. Additional BPI certifications and company BPI Accreditation is strongly encouraged. Please refer to the website for a list of BPI certified individuals.
  • Complete a Contractor Participation Agreement or a Rater Participation Agreement.

Orientation

Attending an orientation  is the first mandatory step in the enrollment process. At the orientation, you’ll learn more about what’s required to become a participating contractor.

An orientation will be conducted by an Account Manager and will cover:

Program Overview

Training/Events

Mentoring

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

HU EECP User Guide

HU Advanced EECP User Guide

Home Upgrade

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can increase energy efficiency and make homes more comfortable. Managed locally by San Diego Gas & Electric, and supported by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, Home Upgrades are provided by participating Home Performance Contractors.

Key Features

  • Address the envelope of the home before properly sizing the cooling and heating systems
  • Meet a minimum  value of $1,000, plus install a minimum combination of three energy-efficient measures for customer to be eligible for incentives
  • Install a minimum of one of three base measures
  • Add a shell measure if you and the customer decide a heating and/or cooling system upgrade is needed
  • Complete air leakage, duct leakage (optional) and combustion safety testing after the Confirmation of Incentive Reservation is approved

Advanced Home Upgrade

Key Features

  • Customize the scope of work to each home
  • Determine the total energy savings using approved modeling software
  • Address the envelope of the home before properly sizing the cooling and heating systems
  • Meet a minimum energy reduction of 10 percent by installing a combination of qualifying energy-efficient measures for customer to be eligible for incentives
  • Install a minimum of one of three base measures
  • Complete air leakage (optional), duct leakage (optional) and combustion safety testing before and after the improvements are installed

Training/Events

All training and events will take place at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC), located at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego.  Please view all upcoming training courses on the SDG&E EIC website calendar.

Required Training

All Participating Contractors must complete the following training:

Orientation Workshops

Attending an Orientation Workshop is the first mandatory step in the enrollment process. At the workshop, you’ll learn more about what’s required to become a Participating Contractor.

Program Orientation Workshops take place every 2 months at the San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center. Workshops cover:

Contractor Roundtables

Contractor Roundtable events take place every 2 months to provide contractors and other key stakeholders a forum to network and provide feedback to the program management team. We encourage all participating contractors to engage in these discussions in an effort to continually improve the program and customer satisfaction.

Available Training

Home Performance Assessment Skills Training

Home Performance Assessment Skills training course, involving both classroom and field training, introduces candidates to building science and its applications. 

This certification training course is designed to provide building professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification written and field exams. The course will be conducted partly in a classroom setting and partly in the field to give candidates practical experience using some of the diagnostic tools necessary for properly evaluating a home's performance.

Mentoring

How Mentoring Works

  • All Participating Contractors are eligible for mentoring and must complete a minimum of three mentoring sessions with a satisfactory score.
  • Contact an account manager for more information on additional mentoring opportunities.

Field Mentoring and Data Collection

A mentoring session can take place either before or after the energy efficiency work is done, but preferably before. You will be evaluated on baseline performance in key areas of field work and quality assurance. Ratings will be based on BPI Building Analyst Technical Standards and Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade QA/QC Guidelines. You will receive the ratings within two business days of the mentoring session. The mentor will discuss the results with you and offer areas for improvement.

Scheduling Mentoring

  • Request a mentoring session by contacting RHA at 858-609-8861
  • Provide three options for dates and times
  • Select a current project for the Field Mentoring and Data Collection session

You can request discretionary mentoring during any phase of a project. Additional mentoring sessions can affect your overall rating.

Frequently Asked Questions