Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Quality Work Plan (QWP)

Background

The Department of Energy (DOE) is requiring that all States receiving weatherization assistance program (WAP) funds implement a Quality Work Plan (QWP). This plan is being phased in and is expected to be fully compliant by April 1, 2015. The 10 CFR 440.12(b)(6) requires each Grantee application for WAP funding to include a monitoring plan. This monitoring plan shall indicate the method used by the State to insure the quality of work and adequate financial management control at the subgrantee level. Pursuant to 10 CFR 440.12(b)(6), the DOE WAP is instituting a QWP that will establish benchmarks for energy efficiency retrofits in the Program.

The QWP defines specifications for work quality, workforce training and the qualifications required for individuals performing inspections of WAP work. The requirements are based on the resources developed under the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project (energy.gov). Adopting these benchmarks for quality allows the WAP to leverage the institutional knowledge, developed over 30 years, to set the standard for quality in the Program.

Quality Control Inspection (QCI)

In July of 2010, a group of 13 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) met to perform the Job Task Analysis and to create an examination blueprint that would serve as the basis for the worker certification. A Quality Control Inspector (QCI) is a residential energy efficiency professional who ensures the completion, appropriateness, and quality of energy upgrade work by conducting a methodological audit/inspection of the building, performing safety and diagnostic tests, and observing the work. A committee of SMEs considered to be experts in the field created the Quality Control Inspector Job Task Analysis.

A Quality Control Inspector is an evaluator who verifies the work performed against the work plan, specifications and standards, performs building diagnostics, records/reports findings and concerns, and specifies corrective actions; by conducting a methodological audit/inspection of the building, performing safety and diagnostic tests, and by observing the retrofit work; in order to ensure the completion, appropriateness and quality of the work providing for the safety, comfort, and energy savings of the building occupants.

Subrecipient DOE QCI Process

In accordance with WPN15-4, the Department of Energy (DOE) requires all units completed, reported, and paid for using DOE funds must have the final inspection of that unit conducted by a Quality Control Inspector (QCI). The Department of Housing and Community Affairs needs to know ahead of time the process that each Subrecipient is using when it comes to completing and reporting any and all DOE units.

Please complete this form at the beginning of each program year, and update this form anytime there are changes at your agency that impact this process. Once submitted, the Department will utilize this information to plan for future monitoring visits.

Link to form: https://tdhca.wufoo.com/forms/subrecipient-doe-qci-process/

QCI Certification Process

The steps below are designed to be a guide for the subrecipients within the WAP network of Texas to obtain QCI training and certification for their respective staff:

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QCI Recertification Requirements

 

QCI Supplemental Multifamily Training

According to the Department of Energy, “Final inspections in multifamily buildings must be performed by inspectors who are QCI-Certified and have received appropriate supplemental multifamily training.”

QCI certified inspectors must attend and receive a successful evaluation from a program delivering a curriculum based on the NREL Multifamily Quality Control Inspector Job Task Analysis.

As of July 21, 2016, DOE lists these centers as qualified Multifamily QCI-JTA centers.

  1. Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), New York City and San Francisco Bay Area http://aea.us.org
  2. New Mexico Energy Smart Academy, Santa Fe, NM www.energysmartacademy.com
  3. Community Housing Partners (CHP), Christiansburg, VA https://www.communityhousingpartners.org

Steps to take in order to receive the Supplemental Multifamily Training

  1. Obtain QCI Certification as described in previous section
  2. Procure for training services by contacting the available training centers
  3. Complete training at qualified training center

***Travel costs associated in obtaining this certification may be charged to the Training and Technical Assistance Section of your contract.