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Weatherization Assistant: Ramp Up Support. Mark Ternes Mike Gettings Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2009 National Weatherization Training Conference July 21, 2009. Objectives. Improve communications regarding the Weatherization Assistant

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weatherization assistant ramp up support

Weatherization Assistant:Ramp Up Support

Mark Ternes

Mike Gettings

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2009 National Weatherization Training Conference

July 21, 2009

  • Improve communications regarding the Weatherization Assistant
  • Ensure that the training needs for the Weatherization Assistant are met over the next several years
  • Expand the Weatherization Assistant’s information management capabilities to assist states and local agencies
  • Reduce the time and complexity associated with developing priority lists using the Weatherization Assistant
  • Perform technical enhancements to the Weatherization Assistant needed to support ramp up activities
  • Weatherization Assistant newsletter
    • Updates
    • Training
    • Common errors
    • Programming tips
  • Input from states on training and information management needs
    • Emails
    • Phone calls
    • Conference call
  • How would you like to be kept informed?
  • Established training will be continued
    • National, regional, and state training conferences
    • 3-day trainings on the basics of using the Weatherization Assistant and the NEAT and MHEA audits as requested by states
  • Web-based training
    • Individual training alternative to group training and/or prerequisite to group training
    • Basic course equivalent to 3-day group training
    • Work orders
    • Other advanced features in the Weatherization Assistant
training continued
Training (continued)
  • Centralized Group Training
    • Scheduled trainings at regionally dispersed cities (e.g., Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver) as alternative to state trainings
    • 3-day basic training, but possibly other subjects
  • Webinar Trainings
    • Short trainings of 1-3 hours on a specific subject
    • Examples: reports, data transfer, use of the survey feature, measure costs
  • Any specific training topics or approaches?
  • Is there a need for train-the-trainer?
information management
Information Management
  • Facilitate centralized data storage at the state and for agencies not using a server to improve data analysis and reporting
    • Client-server design
      • Enhancement to current software
      • Optional transfer of information over the internet
    • Web application
      • New user interface
      • Must be connected to the internet
      • Easier to ensure that all agencies in a state using the same version
      • Easier to assist in setting up the Setup Library and ensuring consistency in the Setup Libraries
information management continued
Information Management (continued)
  • Weatherization Assistant enhancements
    • Additional reports
    • New form to easily identify measures installed, actual costs, and funding sources used
    • Basic information needed for program evaluation
  • Expanded technical assistance
    • Customized reports
    • To states interested in integrating the Weatherization Assistant into their state information management system
  • What information management needs would you like to see addressed in the near future?
priority lists
Priority Lists
  • Write a manual on how to develop priority lists using the Weatherization Assistant
  • Idea of automating the Weatherization Assistant to help develop priority lists was tabled
  • Would a priority list manual be useful to you?
technical enhancements
Technical Enhancements
  • Continue making enhancements to NEAT and MHEA requested by users
  • Incorporate new technologies into NEAT and MHEA
  • Develop a multifamily audit
  • Any other technical enhancements needed to support your ramp up activities?
  • Would a simplified user interface be useful?
  • Are there any other ways ORNL can assist you to meet your needs concerning the Weatherization Assistant during the ramp up period?
  • If not already discussed, what time frames/schedules are we talking about?