Concord, Mass.–The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) selectedAbode Energy Management (Abode) to lead the technical development of a new energy assessment for the Decarbonization Pathways pilot program. The pilot will develop and test a home decarbonization assessment for single-family and low-rise (i.e., three stores or less) residential buildings. The pilot will first develop a new and fully comprehensive residential decarbonization assessment protocol. Using this protocol, decarbonization assessments will then be performed on a diverse cohort of around 100 homes and create customized decarbonization plans for participating residents. The goal of the assessment is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels from the home, in addition to promoting energy efficiency and comfort.

As the technical lead for the project, Abode will facilitate the development of the protocol as well as a model for comprehensive consumer engagement and develop consumer resources to support homeowners and landlords that are ready and able to take action to decarbonize their buildings. The goal is to create a program that can be scaled in service of achieving the state’s decarbonization targets as mandated by An Act Creating A Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. Decarbonization Pathways is an evolution in the thinking about what energy efficiency means for families, helping them navigate complex solutions to maximize their carbon reduction and increase savings.

“Abode is honored to lead this important effort to enhance the future of residential energy efficiency in Massachusetts. Decarbonization is the next needed and logical step in the states already robust energy efficiency programs,” said Dave Boettcher CEO and founder. “Given the importance and complexity of decarbonization, we are excited to collaborate with other industry experts and stakeholders to provide an inclusive and scalable decarbonization assessment.”“As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pursues our ambitious climate targets, the Decarbonization Pathways program will help establish the best practices for electrifying and improving the efficiency of our homes,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “We’re excited to be working with Abode in this important endeavor.”

Abode will leverage their experience as the Mass Save®Lead Vendor for National Grid’s Home Performance Contractors (HPCs) in Massachusetts to build on the success of a program that has already helped so many families. Their work with Eversource in Connecticut to provide virtual screening services as part of Energize CT in response to COVID highlighted the need to find new ways to support families looking for decarbonization solutions. Over the last year, Abode has expanded their services to support multiple municipal light plants (MLPs) and communities in Massachusetts implementing heat pump consulting and quality assurance programs. Abode brings a breadth of experience that will be leveraged through collaborative efforts with the stakeholders of this project to deliver the greatest impact possible.

Abode Energy Management|www.abodeEM.com339.707.0918|555 Virginia Road, Suite 202, Concord, MA 01742Abode has assembled a team of partners to help support different areas of development throughout the project.Partners include All Aces, Advanced Building Analysis, Ideas42, Tohn Environmental and Jonna Lyons Design.