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U.S. Department of Energy has published core competencies for contractors who work in the energy efficiency and weatherization field. OTI provides two endorsements for REA program contractor accreditation for contractors that meet or exceed those core competencies. Both endorsements require the following:

  • Company owner or primary supervisor must have the following certifications: Shell Technician, Energy Analyst 1, Diagnostic Technician, Crew Leader.

  • Company must have applicable state business licenses.

  • Company must have general liability insurance of $1,000,000.

  • Company must employ U.S. citizens or properly documented aliens.

  • All work must be accomplished in accordance with "Site Built Housing and Mobile Home Weatherization Specifications for the State of Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program", "Oregon Weatherization Field Guide", and "Oregon Mechanical Systems Field Guide".

  • Company agrees to allow OTI-designated Inspectors to visit any job site to observe compliance, and agrees to provide access to OECA-designated Inspectors to review work packages.

Residential Weatherization Installation Contractor

A Residential Weatherization Installation Contractor is a contractor that installs energy efficiency and weatherization measures on residential properties.

  • Contractor must have Oregon Residential General Contractor license or Oregon Residential Specialty Contractor license, or the equivalent in the state the contractor intends to work.

  • Work must be supervised by a worker that possesses REA program Crew Leader certification. That supervisor must be present on the job site at the beginning of the job, at the completion of each weatherization measure, and at the completion of the job. The Crew Leader is responsible for all quality control of the project.

  • Contractor must employ workers or sub-contractors that possess REA program Shell Technician certification. At least one certified Shell Technician must be present on the job site at all times. A Shell Technician can supervise no more than two non-certified workers who are working as installers. All contractors and sub-contractors must be identified in the work plan or package.

  • All jobs completed by the Contractor must be inspected to the satisfaction of a REA program Inspector who is not employed by the Contractor.