The delusion that real change for the homeowner and for the environment can be brought about by this form of unregulation must be shattered. Those in power who control energy distribution do not want people to conserve. It is against human nature to expect any human run entity to give up their steak once they already took a bit of it and tasted how juicy it is. To put a policy in their hands and leave them in charge of its success is dooming it to failure. The policy in its current state is simply just a waste of time in terms of the environment; a slow moving effort that very few take advantage of while millions of homes continue to lose their energy efficiency and millions of dollars are wasted on inefficient fuel consumption. In terms of the economy, it serves as a building block for job creation in the green sector. Touché! The pro-capitalist goal somehow managed to emerge out of an initial environmental policy and thereby diminishing its original purpose.
Perhaps there may be room for the two philosophies to coexist but only with a set of green building standards that ‘all’ contractors must adhere to which are much like the building codes. For example, implementing a retrofitting guideline that say “contractor shall insulate around replacement window frames before install in order to prevent air leakage through the building envelop”. If a contractor fails to adhere to this simple yet widely unpracticed step then they are responsible for making the proper corrections. The burden of dealing with inefficient renovation should not be on the homeowner. It should be on the industry. It should be part of its evolution.
If contractors were forced to adhere to green building and renovation guidelines on a daily basis, would their jobs intermix with the current and separate “green jobs” sector? If more home owners saw the benefits of green building and renovation without being tricked into some type of scheme, would the idea catch on even faster? If more people bought into this idea would it drive down the price of home energy efficiency transition? It is truly my belief that if the interests of the homeowner and consequently the environment were put first, then the effects would resonate strongly into the economy for there are countless renovations and improvements to be made in this country. It is silly to think we would ever reach a point where every building is perfect and no one will have a job in maintenance and repair.