In 2009, Vice President Joe Biden asked the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop a proposal for Federal action to increase energy savings by improving home energy efficiency. This resulted in the Recovery Through Retrofit report, released in October of that year.
The report identified access issues when it came to homeowners getting information, skilled labor and financing. These were identified as main barriers preventing the growth of the home energy retrofit market. The report also set out recommendations in how to break down these barriers.
Achievements included improved access to home energy information, the creation of a Home Energy score and increased accessibility to more and better financing options.
For more information, see Recovery Through Retrofit: Saving Homeowners Money and Creating Jobs.