Consumers

Consumer education and participation in our industry is NCBPA’s top priority.  Our association provides a variety of consumer education resources that encourage participation in residential, commercial and industrial performance improvements across the state.  Continue reading below and contact us directly with your questions.

Homes, Homeowners & Renters

Residents living in or building new homes have a lot to do with how their home performs.  There are a variety of benefits to improving home performance, whether through new construction builds or retrofitting/repairing existing homes.  NCBPA provides these resources to support residential consumer education:

  • Click here to visit our residential consumer education website at www.HomeEnergyNC.org.  This website includes:
    • DIY tips and tricks for saving energy at home.
    • Options for building “green”, including selling and buying green homes.
    • Certification and verification programs for high performance construction.
    • Contractor Directory for all home performance contractors and builders in North Carolina.
  • Click here for more information on our Residential page on this website.
  • Click here to view the educational workshops we offer residents.
  • Visit our Member Directory to find a member company in your area.

Buildings, Building Owners & Operators

Workers, customers, owners and operators are all impacted by the performance of the building they work, eat, worshop or spend time in. Studies show that high performance buildings result in more productive workers, more satisfied customers, greater market value and less maintenance.  All these benefits come with high performance design, construction and maintenance, which also reduces environmental impacts from buildings. NCBPA provides these resources to support commercial and industrial consumer education:

  • COMING SOON!  NCBPA will soon launch www.BuildingPerformanceNC.org as a one-stop online resource for learning about, and taking action on, building performance.  The website will soon provide:
    • Best practices for designing, constructing, improving and maintaining buildings to perform well.
    • Rebates and incentives for owners and operators.
    • DIY tips for restaurants, retail shops and many other building types to save energy and improve performance.
    • Contractor Directory for architects, commissioning agents and other contractors able to improve the performance of buildings across North Carolina.
  • Click here for more information on our Commercial & Industrial page on this website.
  • Click here to view the educational workshops we offer building owners, operators and contractors.
  • Visit our Member Directory to find a member company in your area.

How Can Building Performance Help You?

Building performance is a way to describe and measure how well a building performs – or the benefits that it offers residents, workers, owners and maintenance managers (to name just a few) – regarding a variety of criteria that include:​

Energy Efficiency and Savings:

Lower energy usage saves money and reduces a home or building’s impact on the environment.  With U.S. residential and commercial buildings accounting for roughly 40% of the nation’s energy usage, opportunities to improve energy efficiency make a big impact on individual buildings and the nation’s energy security.

Resource Efficiency:

Lower water and resource usage also saves money while lowering a home or building’s environmental impact.

Health and Safety:

Improved home and building performance creates a healthier environment for residents, occupants and workers that is free from indoor air issues, mold and mildew, rid of combustion safety and water issues, and much more.  Home and building performance contractors help residents and businesses address safety issues in homes and buildings like combustion safety, electric and gas usage, material hazards and more.

Comfort and Productivity:

High performance buildings not only perform better, but they’re more comfortable, providing higher customer satisfaction to builders and developers and also increased productivity and employee morale for businesses.

Sustainability:

Reducing energy, water and other resources through high performance design, construction and maintenance reduces environmental impacts from buildings, which account for 40% of the nation’s energy usage.  Additionally, “green” materials provide lower environmental impact and high performance buildings strategies, such as passive design, promote additional indoor air quality and health benefits while maintaining design and functionality.

Durability and Maintenance:

When you build or retrofit a building to perform better, it’s going to last longer affording the occupants and owners less maintenance and improved durability for years to come.

Value:

A better home or building is worth more in the marketplace, affording home and building owners the opportunity to earn an increased return on investment for their added performance features when compared to standard homes and buildings.

Control Systems and Automation:

High performance buildings incorporate technology and systems that make them easier to operate and, in some cases, autonomous, HVAC, lighting, ventilation and other controls can be automated to ensure that the building is operating at optimal performance with little ongoing interaction with the occupants.