DHCD - Weatherization Software Installation & Training
New reporting requirements have been put in place for all Federal Recovery Act programs. These new federal regulations require state agencies to have the ability to effectively monitor and report the return on their investments in terms of jobs created and homes weatherized, as well as tracking many other details. DHCD needed software that could provide this kind of detailed tracking and reporting.
BITHENERGY provided software and support for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Weatherization Assistance Programs aim to increase the energy efficiency of homes and rental units for low–income households. DHCD is responsible for providing funds to low income households for Maryland’s weatherization programs. The software package (Hancock) provided by BITH allowed DHCD to track qualified families, home energy audits, funding sources and contractors. The software also provides the ability to track prior grants to ensure the maximum use of funds in its weatherization program. The BITH team was tasked with rapidly implementing this solution to allow DHCD and its local agencies to begin processing transactions immediately. BITH worked with DHCD to figure out exactly what the state needed to report and how it needed to show the results.
After discovering the agency needed to track more information than was currently in the software, we helped Hancock configure two additional software modules: the Davis-Bacon module and the Work-site module. Once the system was in place, we trained DHCD employees in three different locations throughout Maryland. We also held two training webinars. DHCD now meets the seamless, transparent reporting capabilities that the new Federal regulations require. Additionally, this program is another key element in Governor O’Malley’s EmPower Maryland Initiative, attempting to reduce state government energy consumption 15% by 2015.