Working with a professional contractor will help you identify the best solutions for your home or business. There are many different programs that can help you find certified building energy experts or local contractors. Use the links below to find building professionals, contractors, or raters in your area, and learn more.*
- Ventura County Contractors Association - The VCCA is a non-profit membership association of general contractors, subcontractors, building material suppliers, and many other leading construction industry businesses. Search the member database for a local contractor.
- Energy Upgrade CA - Statewide program to help homeowners reduce energy use and save money.
- Southern California Edison - SCE has compiled a directory of contractors and vendors from all over Southern California.
- Building Performance Institute - BPI develops standards for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. Find a BPI certified professional or accredited contracting company using the BPI Locator.
- RESNET - RESNET is responsible for creating the national training and certification standards for HERS Raters and Home Energy Survey Professionals. Homeowners can find a RESNET professional in their area to conduct an energy assessment.
- LEED - The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building solutions. In addition, the USGBC also provides training and accreditation for green building professionals.
*These links do not represent an endorsement of the contractors' services. The City encourages residents to conduct research and ask for estimates from multiple contractors to find the right contractor for their particular project.
If you are a contractor interested in promoting green building and energy efficiency improvements, contact the organizations below for more information about training opportunities.
Tips on Choosing a Contractor
Choosing the right contractor can be a tough and sometimes overwhelming process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put together a list of items for you to consider when you are evaluating contractors and putting an agreement together. A reputable contractor should:
- Perform an onsite inspection of the work you want completed and provide a detailed bid in a timely manner
- Demonstrate to you that the company is licensed and insured to do the work requested
- Have several years of experience in your community
- Provide samples of other work completed with names of customers you can contact
- Leave all equipment manuals and provide documentation of installation procedures
After you've reviewed estimates, checked references, and selected a contractor, you should sign an agreement with your contractor before work begins. A well-defined agreement should:
- List in detail all the work that is being contracted
- Specify all products by quantity, name, and model number
- Provide manufacturer's warranty and contractor installation warranty information (if applicable)
- Give payment schedule
- State the scheduled start and completion date
- Describe how disputes will be resolved
- State the contractor's liability insurance and licenses, if required
- Outline paperwork and permits needed for the project
- Identify incentives to be targeted, and how the application for those will be handled