Industry veteran selected to lead trade association of America’s home performance companies
November 4, 2011 – Efficiency First is happy to announce the selection of Jay Murdoch as Executive Director.
Murdoch has been active as a member of Efficiency First – America’s home performance industry trade association – since the organization’s inception in 2009, both at a national level and through involvement in the Efficiency First Chapters in Michigan, New Jersey, and Maryland. He has a wealth of industry experience at all levels and from a variety of perspectives.
Murdoch most recently worked in Business Development for Masco Home Services and the company’s WellHome service offering, with its focus on home performance, as well as its Environments for Living offering, which focuses on energy and water efficient new homes. Prior to that, he has served in leadership roles at Owens Corning, the National Association of Home Builders, the NAHB Research Center, at the US Access Board (working on ADA design and construction guidelines), and as a remodeler and builder in the Washington DC metro area.
“We are thrilled to have Jay on board with Efficiency First, to bring our trade association and the home performance industry to the next level,” said Greg Thomas, Chair of the Efficiency First Board. “Jay knows our industry and our membership inside and out –from mom-and-pop home performance companies to Fortune 500 businesses. Jay understands how to attack the barriers that slow the growth of our industry, nationally and at the state and utility level.”
Murdoch said: “I see Efficiency First as a diverse family of job creating businesses – large and small companies, working in unison to drive meaningful and impactful energy efficiency policy, initiatives, and programs that meet marketplace and consumer needs. The powerful thing about this organization is the richness of its membership — which is comprised of home performance contractors, energy auditors and HERS raters, insulation contractors, HVAC contractors, window and door contractors, weatherization organizations, real estate professionals, lending and financing companies, and building product and equipment manufacturers, suppliers and distributors – just to name a few.
“Equally impressive is that Efficiency First members push to impose on themselves high standards for work delivered in the homes and buildings of customers. It’s the humble home performance company who touches the homeowner every day, who is directly and materially affected by energy efficiency program rules and requirements, and who must execute these program designs in the field. In Efficiency First’s young existence, our members and our Efficiency First chapters have positioned themselves as key stakeholders who know what kinds of policies and programs can help scale the energy efficiency industry.
“This will be an exciting journey, and I am certain that in Washington DC, in state capitols, and at the county and city levels, Efficiency First members will be driving home the fact that energy efficiency is the really the “gift that keeps on giving” and brings with it a superior return on investment for customers, ratepayers and taxpayers. I feel fortunate that I will be part of this effort.”
The Efficiency First Board is also grateful to Kara Saul Rinaldi, who has served Efficiency First as Interim Managing Consultant since June and will continue on in her federal government affairs role for the organization.
Murdoch will be based in Efficiency First’s Washington DC metro area office.
More information about Jay Murdoch can be found here: www.efficiencyfirst.org/about/board/#murdoch
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Efficiency First is the trade association for America’s home performance industry – uniting home performance companies, building product manufacturers and related businesses and organizations in the escalating fight against global warming and rising energy costs.
Efficiency First represents its members in public policy discussions at the state and national levels, to promote the benefits of energy efficiency retrofitting and to help our companies grow do the industry can meet customers’ demand for quality residential energy improvements.
For more information: www.efficiencyfirst.org