About the WISE Program

Workforce Instruction for Standards and Efficiency (WISE) is a training and education program designed to support the transition of California’s new residential buildings towards High Performance Attic (HPA) and High Performance Wall (HPW) construction practices.  HPA / HPW will soon become prescriptive requirements in California’s 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, creating challenges for the state’s homebuilding industry which faces a post-recession shortage of skilled labor and limited experience with the construction techniques necessary for code compliance. Funded by the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program, WISE is designed to help accelerate learning and implementation of high performance building by training workers and providing a platform for the exchange of best practices and solutions from industry experts.  This web portal is designed as a central point for sharing information related to the program, including reports, technical briefings, case studies and event coordination.