Advocating for the building performance industry

As businesses in the building performance industry, we all know that policies and standards inform every part of our working life. It’s unavoidable, it keeps current best practices in place, but it doesn’t always allow for the improvements we know we can make.

At Efficiency First we pride ourselves on the unique position we hold in the industry. Empowered by the voices of our member contractors, manufacturers, service providers, and state chapters, we raise your voice and get your opinions heard by policymakers and program officials in Washington DC, state capitals and city halls.

We advocate for federal and state policies that support and strengthen our industry, lobbying government officials on your behalf to achieve the real changes that will help us delivery the energy efficiencies and savings that in turn will help our industry grow.

Efficiency First is currently engaged in initiatives around federal appropriations, tax legislation, financing and performance-based incentives. More about our local advocacy can be found through our state chapter activities.

Federal Advocacy

Learn about some of the initiatives we're engaged in:


In this time of uncertainly as to the future of federal programs, Efficiency First is engaged in advocating for greater opportunities and benefits for the building performance industry.

Tax Legislation: Credits and Other Provisions

As part of their effort to enact comprehensive revision of the tax code, Congress is examining provisions that impact building performance, such as the 25c tax credit -- the first residential performance-based tax credit given to homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements.

Financing and PACE alternatives

Efficiency First believes in providing a variety of traditional and creative financing options for customers to use for energy efficiency retrofits.

Performance-Based Incentives

A "performance path" offers an incentive to households that choose to conduct a comprehensive energy audit and then implement a variety of measures that are designed together to provide greater total returns in energy savings. The performance path means that state-of-the-art building science is used to identify problems, present solutions and deliver verifiable energy savings, generating confidence among homeowners and investors alike. This technology-neutral approach is based on performance, not specific products, so market forces will direct funds to solutions that achieve the best results. A certified professional with accreditation from the Building Performance Institute (BPI), the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) or an approved equivalent conducts an energy audit before work begins, and a test-out when the performance retrofit is complete. Consumers receive incentives based on their modeled energy savings.

State and Local Advocacy

Efficiency First chapters conduct policy work at the state and local levels. Learn more about what are chapters are up to, or get involved by clicking here.