One of the short-term effects of the COVID-19 epidemic is the loss of jobs in the energy efficiency area. The longer-term effects may be more of the same. Given this reality, the Building Performance Association is moving its in-person conference scheduled for the end of the month in New Orleans to an online event. See here for how you can be involved. If you have signed up for the conference in New Orleans, there are options to use your payment towards the online event, put it towards the 2021 National Conference, or ask for a refund. DOE is allowing weatherization agencies in its network to allocate TT&A money to be spent on training from the online conference.
Also, check the Building Performance Association web site for resources to help you through this crisis, including information about how to apply for low-interest loans through the federal government for your business, and to retain your work force. It is possible to make these loans into grants if you keep your workforce on the clock.
You all are piling up stories and experiences to share. There have been many inspiring events in the last two weeks, from the balcony concerts in Northern Italy to huge donations of medical equipment from people who can afford to give that much. In my town of Walnut Creek, California, there was a story in today’s paper about a group of teachers at an elementary school putting on a parade for their students. The teachers created a car caravan and road around their school’s neighborhoods while the kids stood on their lawns and cheered them.
You can offer one thing right now—your stories of how you are meeting challenges because of the pandemic and how the building performance community can help you meet even more challenges.
Please tell us your story so we can work for you to keep our industry working. Email email@example.com.
Our friends at ACEEE and E4TheFuture have teamed up to provide you another place to offer your wisdom gained from this conflict. I will get in trouble with our social media folks if I don’t ask you to please “cross-post” your stories if you want to see them in two (or more) places. We hope that you do. That’s two-for-the-price-of-one in story economics.