STOP INC. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) “Celebrating” October 30, 2019 – National Weatherization Day!!!! Virginia Beach

STOP INC. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) “Celebrating” October 30, 2019 – National Weatherization Day!!!! Virginia Beach, October 11, 2019 – Weatherization Day is an effort to focus local, state, and national attention on the Program and the work being performed by dedicated members of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) network. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the program, which came out of the U.S Department of Energy in 1976. Stop Inc. has been a Weatherization Service Provider (WSP) since the inception of the program. The WAP is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DHCD contracts weatherization services to 17 non-profit agencies around the state. Primary funding for the program is a combination of U.S. Department of Energy funds, Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds, and significant funding from Virginia utilities. In 2018 almost 1,500 homes were weatherized using a total funding amount of approximately $18 million. The mission of the program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings occupied by low-income Americans, thereby reducing their energy costs, while safeguarding their health and safety. Eligibility for the program is based on household income limit of 60% of State Median Income (SMI), but not lower than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Among low-income households, the program prioritizes those with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities and families with children. STOP Inc. Crew members are highly trained and professionally certified weatherization personnel. WAP crews and staff receive state of the art training from several Weatherization Training Centers around the country. WAP professionals are the best trained and most certified workforce in America. The WAP over the last 43 years has pioneered the tools, techniques, diagnostic approaches and measures that have been the guiding force and benchmark for the private sector home performance contracting industry and the national energy efficiency retrofit effort. WAP has developed and implemented proven best practices that are tested daily in real world situations. This experience and expertise has produced a building science laboratory, which has helped master the art of making residential and multi-family buildings safer, more affordable, and more energy efficient. In the 43 years since the beginning of the program, WAP has experienced a huge learning curve. From simple low-cost/no-cost measures such as caulking, plastic on windows and door weather-stripping the program has emerged as a sophisticated diagnostic program utilizing the most recent building science techniques and proven best practice applications, which maximize energy and dollar savings. WAP measures now include blower door directed air-sealing, heating and cooling system safety inspections, efficiency testing, and repair and replacement, duct system diagnostics and repair, advance insulation techniques, inefficient appliance replacement and much more. All of these applications are guided by a sophisticated computerized energy audit procedure which uses data and other analyses to determine the most energy efficient and cost-effective whole house approach. The success of this approach can be measured by the fact that on average weatherized homes reduce their energy burden by 25 percent