Authors: Abhi Kantamneni, HVAC 2.0 Sr. Policy Advisor; Jeff Howard, HVAC Comfort Engineer; and Ted Kidd, HVAC 2.0 C.O.O
HRAI, a trade association of HVAC techs in Ontario Canada, released a report on the role HVAC contractors can play in whole-home residential energy retrofits. You can download the entire report here or read the executive summary here.
As a growing network of HVAC contractors with demonstrated success with tackling whole-home energy retrofits, we at HVAC2.0 read this report with great interest.
This blog post will highlight the many findings from this report that match with our own contractor network’s experiences with whole-home energy retrofits. The next blog-post will highlight how our HVAC2.0 sales process is helping our growing network of contractors address the barriers and issues similar to ones surfaced in this HRAI report.
Industry Perceptions of Barriers
The HRAI report highlights how industry leaders and policy experts' perceptions of HVAC contractors differs from HVAC contractors' own experiences, willingness and capacity to participate in the market for whole-home residential retrofits.
Contractors' Experiences with Barriers
The HRAI highlights barriers to participating in residential whole-home energy retrofits as experienced by HVAC contractors themselves, and resonates with some of our own experiences:
Recommendations & Conclusions
Based on our reading of the HRAI report and our own combined experiences with whole-home energy retrofits both as policy-shapers and as frontline HVAC techs, we make the following recommendations for policymakers:
HRAI’s latest research report highlights the barriers faced by HVAC contractors to participating in whole-home residential energy retrofits.
As a growing network of HVAC contractors successfully and profitably tackling whole-home energy retrofits, we at HVAC2.0 read this report with great interest. Many findings from HRAI’s report match with the challenges our network of contractors faced prior to adopting the HVAC 2.0 process.
We thank the HRAI for tapping into this tacit knowledge, lived experiences and operational reality of HVAC contractors, and for rendering this knowledge explicit through this research report.
Our next blog post - on the HVAC2.0 sales process - will provide contractors, policy makers and industry leaders with a potential path forward on addressing the barriers, challenges and opportunities similar to ones surfaced in this HRAI report.