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Google doesn't see anything changing:
What makes people optimistic, love to hear...
Not too surprising that "home performance" is unfamiliar jargon to the average citizen doing google searches. Different terms will give different pictures. I layered in "comfort" and "energy". The results vary a lot by region. Looks like your initial filters might have picked up the global totals. Chart below is just US (I noticed that results vary widely among English-speaking countries). Results also vary a lot within the US, with the "home performance" rating more than twice as high in WA than TX, for example.
Matt Golden commented on a parody video "Single Pane" a few months back that the 9 year old video is funny again because almost none of the same people are here. THAT IS A MAJOR FREAKING PROBLEM! I starved to death trying to do good insulation contracting (which evolved into Home Performance.)
There are NO viable program-related HP business models that I know of. Programs will not save us.
The critical thing is DEMAND. Until consumers ASK for HP, we are lost in the wilderness. Early adopters don't need proof. They will just try stuff. Early majority needs PROOF. We have none. Show me the serious case studies with real metrics. (I'm close to publishing 11 of them on our projects.)
If we measure and rank, we are much more likely to get the early majority to act. I'd suggest ranking on test in/predicted/test out for both blower door and Energy Use Intensity (EUI in kBTU/sf/yr).
Until that happens, I remain extremely pessimistic about HP. It will be another 40 years in the wilderness. Can we please start measuring and ranking?
Here are the results of the poll: https://polldaddy.com/poll/9473877/?view=results
Be sure to read the thoughtful comments posted there too.
This poll would change on a day to day basis :)
I'm cynical one day and extremely optimistic the next. Talking to true home performance professionals can make me very enthusiastic. However, one phone call with a McMansion Owner immediately crashes me back to earth.
In short, I am excited and scared. These feelings lead to industry change in my humble opinion -- hopefully for the better.