An organization and its suppliers are interdependent. A mutually beneficial relationship enhances the ability of both to create value.
It’s what people call a win-win situation.
In addition to dependable supplier relationships, relations with subcontractors and industry resources such as associations and government programs can be essential sources of expertise and experience.
- Increased ability to create value for both parties.
- Flexibility and speed of joint responses to changing market or customer needs and expectations.
- Optimization of costs and resources.
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|When using subcontractors, apply consistent documentation and clearly define roles and expectations, including quality assurance.|
|Use standard forms for all subcontractor contracts, invoices, tax needs, insurance and work orders.||
Basic Subcontractor Standard Forms
Subcontractor Insurance Verification Log
|Have a standard agreement with all contractors that communicates quality and technical requirements for the job and any necessary documentation.||Sample Short Subcontractor Policy|
|Participate in collaboration and networking opportunities, and share successful practices and lessons learned.|
|Online Home Performance information and experience exchanges.||
BPI Home Energy Pros Online Community
RESNET BPI – Energy Audit and Home Performance community on LinkedIn
BuilderLink community of builders, remodelers, building supply and other industry professionals
|Local, regional and national conferences include sessions featuring success-building information for the home performance-committed professional.||
Affordable Comfort Institute (ACI)
Electric and Gas Industries Association
North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
Building Performance Contractors Association (New York State)
Blow-in-Blanket Contractors Association (BIBCA)
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SFA)
Air Conditioning Contractors of American (ACCA)
|Follow success stories represented by industry awards.||Home Performance with Energy Star Awards (national and local)|
|Participate in programs that support home performance services and policy issues|
|Follow home performance program updates, new tools, and policy issues||
Home Performance with Energy Star
Home Performance with Energy Star: Find a Local Program Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings
Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings
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- BPI Accredited companies shall have staff capable of analyzing, specifying and overseeing building performance projects and taking responsibility for the quality of the work in conformance with BPI Standards.
- When subcontracting work, BPI Accredited companies shall attempt to hire companies that are accredited by BPI as this brings quality assurance oversight to both companies' work.
- BPI Accredited companies may hire non-accredited companies (recognizing that they are still responsible for a certain level of quality control on the entire project) so long as all building performance work at the site has on-site oversight of the job and its quality control by a BPI Certified professional with the appropriate certification designation for the work being conducted.
- In emerging markets or those with few BPI Accredited companies and BPI Certified Professionals available, an organization obtaining BPI Accreditation shall be allowed to subcontract work to non-BPI Certified individuals so long as the value of the subcontracted work does not exceed 20 percent of the volume of business of the BPI Accredited organization.
- All residential work covered by BPI Standards that is subcontracted to the accredited organization by a non-accredited general contractor must conform to the terms of the Accreditation Agreement.