Step 8: Kick-Off Meeting

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The Kick-Off Meeting: Why hold one?

The kick-off meeting, also known as a pre construction meeting, is an important step in the process. It may be the only time that all key players are in the same room. This article presents reasons for including this type of meeting in your process and items to discuss.

What should the builder bring to the meeting?

The builder should demonstrate commitment to the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program. The simplest way to communicate this is to verbally describe the energy efficiency goals of the project. The builder can also present the ENERGY STAR Partnership agreement to further demonstrate commitment to the program.

The builder should also provide documents to all trade partners regarding the work each trade must complete. We recommend providing the items below for each trade:

  • Builder + Trade Contract (The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has a comprehensive set of contract documents)
  • Statement of Work
  • Specifications for all work to be completed
What should the Rater bring to the meeting?

The Rater will be presented as a resource for the builder and the trade partners and should be ready to answer questions about the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program. The Rater should also be prepared to notify what will be inspected and when inspections will occur.

What should trade partners bring to the meeting?

It is important for trade partners to attend this meeting. It may be their only opportunity to ask the builder and Rater questions prior to construction. It is also an opportunity to clarify all ENERGY STAR requirements. In addition, it gives trade partners a chance to notify the builder of training needs. Check the NCEEA’s calendar for training opportunities in your area.