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April 2013 WAP Wire


Announcements

DOE State Plan 2013–2014 hearing is April 19

The hearing for the DOE State Plan 2013–2014 year will be held on April 19 in the Summit Conference Room of the Golden Rule Building at 85 7th Place East in St. Paul. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until noon, or until all interested parties have had an opportunity to speak.

No funding amounts are included in this draft plan because no funding amounts have been announced at this time. When the funding is known, the plan will be adjusted. Minnesota will follow the regular DOE allocation plan to distribute the funds. 

A copy of the plan was sent to Executive Directors and Weatherization Coordinators of all Minnesota sub-grantees of the Weatherization Assistance Program. Additional copies can be obtained by contacting Caren Warner (Caren.Warner@state.mn.us).

Policy Updates

Completing baseload measures in all homes where an energy audit is completed

It is Minnesota WAP state policy for auditors to model baseloads in the Weatherization Assistant (WA) Software whenever an energy audit is completed. If a Weatherization job is completed and paid for with EAP/WX funds and the Service Provider has DOE funding available, the Service Provider must complete the recommended baseload measures with DOE funds. Baseload measures include pipe wrap, lighting, and refrigerators.  If a Service Provider has no available DOE funding, any available CIP funds should be used to complete baseload measures. If a Service Provider does not have any funding available for baseload measures, the lack of funding must be noted in the comment section of the baseload being modeled in WA.

Program Updates

Evaluating lighting for replacement in WA

All light fixtures must be modeled in the Weatherization Assistant Software and evaluated for CFL light bulb replacement. This includes fixtures with existing CFL light bulbs. For instance, if a light fixture has an existing 20 watt CFL light bulb and the software generates an SIR of 1.0 or higher to replace the existing 20 watt bulb with a 13 watt bulb, then the existing CFL bulb must be replaced.

What to do if mold and moisture is present at an audit

Whenever mold is present in a dwelling or there is a situation where water enters the home, service providers should exercise extreme caution and carefully evaluate the dwelling before continuing with an audit.

If mold is present in a dwelling, the auditor must first determine the source of moisture that is causing the mold.  If the moisture source can be addressed by weatherization activities as outlined in the Measures and Measure Types Chart, the audit may proceed. If fixing the moisture source is outside of the activities allowed in the Measures and Measure Types Chart, the dwelling must be deferred until the client addresses the issue.

The same course of action is true for bulk water entering a basement through the foundation wall or the floor. For instance, if the owner or renter reports that a basement has water in it every spring, it is likely that the dwelling should be deferred until the water entry issue is resolved. Once the moisture problem is resolved, an audit may be conducted.

Missing data plates for heating plants

If an existing heating plant is missing the data plate, energy auditors must use the following steps when entering the data into the Weatherization Assistant software:

  1. Enter a note in the comment section stating that the heating plant was missing the data plate.
  2. Take a picture of the inside of the heating plant to document that the data plate is missing.
  3. Follow these steps for each fuel source
    1. Natural gas: Clock the gas meter to get the input rating of the existing heating plant.
    2. Fuel oil: Check the nozzle to determine the input rating for fuel oil heating plants.
    3. Propane: Leave the input rating blank for propane heating plants and enter a statement in the comment section to document why the input and output rating is blank.
  4. Use the following information when entering the AFUE in the Main Heating Plant tab in WA.
    1. If the heating plant is sealed combustion, use 89% for the AFUE.
    2. If the heating plant is an induced draft heating plant, use 80% for the AFUE.
    3. If the heating plant is multi-chambered or atmospherically vented (without an inducer fan), enter 75% for the AFUE.

Training and Technical Assistance

Administrative trainings begin

Administrative training is underway! The first training, Client Education, was held on April 9 in Mankato. The remaining trainings are scheduled as follows:

Client Education: April 18, Bemidji

Required attendance: WX Coordinators, WX Auditors, WX Final Inspectors

Invited: WX Staff, Executive Directors, Contractors

Project Management: May 14, Bemidji; May 21, Mankato

Required attendance: WX Coordinators, WX Auditors, WX Final Inspectors

Program Management (two–day training): April 23 – 24, Bemidji; May 8 – 9, Mankato

Required attendance: WX Coordinators, WX Fiscal Program Managers

Invited: WX Staff, Executive Directors

Contact Chris Trost (Christine.Trost@state.mn.us) for more information.