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AARP American Association of Retired Persons, a non-profit membership organization and intervener in utility rate cases. (aarp.org)
Appliance manufacturers Organizations that design and produce residential and commercial appliances that consume energy.
Appliance vendors Organizations that sell residential and commercial appliances that consume energy.
Appraisal Foundation A not-for-profit organization with federally delegated responsibilities to establish property valuation standards and appraiser qualification standards. (appraisalfoundation.org)
Appraisal Institute A non-profit membership organization whose mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices. (appraisalinstitute.org)
Appraisers Licensed residential and/or commercial property valuation experts.
Architects Licensed or unlicensed residential and/or commercial building designers.
Arizona Association of Realtors® (AAR) A trade association representing more than 38,000 Arizona  REALTORS® subscribing to the Code of Ethics of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR). (aaronline.com)
Arizona Attorney General Serves as the elected chief legal officer of the State. The Office of the Attorney General investigates and prosecutes consumer fraud. (azag.gov)
Arizona Board of Appraisal A state agency charged with ensuring all Arizona appraisers meet the education, experience and examination criteria established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation. (appraisal.state.az.us)
Arizona Building Officials A non-profit organization that represents the interests of the three International Code Council (ICC) Chapters in Arizona, promotes professionalism and educates the public regarding building codes. (azbo.us)
Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) A public-private state economic development organization with a mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. (azcommerce.com)
Arizona Corporation Commission An elected, constitutional fourth branch of government that has constitutional responsibility for granting or denying utility rate adjustments, enforcing safety and public service requirements, and regulating securities matters. (azcc.gov)
Arizona Department of Real Estate A state agency that regulates real estate (including licensure), cemetery and membership camping brokers and salespersons. (re.state.az.us)
Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy (GOEP) A state agency that provides information on energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics. (azenergy.gov)
Arizona Registrar of Contractors A state agency that licenses and regulates residential and commercial contractors. (azroc.gov)
Arizona State Legislature The elected bicameral legislature of the U.S. state of Arizona. (azleg.gov)
AZ ASHI Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors, one of two organizations representing home inspectors in Arizona. (azashi.org)
AZ Community Action Association Arizona Community Action Association, a non-profit agency that develops and implements strategies to end poverty and a frequent intervener in utility rate cases. (azcaa.org)
AZ for Electric Choice & Competition Arizonans for Electric Choice and Competition, a coalition of large retail electricity customers and a frequent intervener in utility rate cases. (azelectricity.com)
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (AZHPwES) An affiliate of the U.S. EPA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, AZHPwES helps improve the safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency of homes while also helping to preserve the environment. (azhomeperformance.com)
AZ Interfaith Power & Light Arizona Interfaith Power & Light, a coalition of religious organizations whose aim is to reduce the causes of global climate change and which provides comments in utility rate cases. (azipl.org)
AZ PIRG Arizona Public Interest Research Group, a non-profit, citizen-funded consumer advocacy group and an intervener in utility rate cases. (arizonapirg.org)
Better Business Bureau A non-profit organization that provides services and programs to assist consumers and businesses participate in an ethical marketplace. (bbb.org)
BOMA Building Owners and Managers Association International, an association of commercial building owners and managers with two Arizona chapters. (boma.org)
Builders Umbrella term used to indicate residential home builders, from small custom builders to large production builders. Also includes their home sales staff.
Building buyers Individuals or companies in the market to purchase a commercial building.
Building Performance Institute A non-profit organization that develops standards and accreditation for energy efficiency retrofit work. (bpi.org)
Commercial brokers Agents who lease commercial or industrial buildings or space within them.
Commercial utility customers Organizations purchasing energy from a utility under a commercial rate plan.
Contractors General contractors and/or sub-contractors who build commercial, industrial or residential buildings.
County recorder The elected official and staff that maintain legal documents related to real estate property.
Developers Companies engaged in the acquisition and preparation of land for residential home construction by builders.
Educators People involved in the practice of education, both in the public and private sector which includes universities, colleges, trade schools, non-profits, associations, unions and consulting companies.
EE Implementers Umbrella term indicating those who do the physical energy efficiency upgrade work, from certified auditors to insulation installers to project managers and the companies that employ them.
EE Manufacturers Umbrella term indicating companies that design and produce building technology that is energy efficient or technology specifically created to save energy.
EE technology manufacturers An umbrella term for companies that produce either more efficient versions of common building technology and appliances or innovative technologies specifically designed to manage energy use.
Energy modelers Specialists, typically engineers, who use approved computer simulation software to estimate energy usage of a building or building plans.
Energy raters Certified specialists who use a combination of building documents, visual inspection, and tests to measure or validate the energy performance of a building.
Engineers Professionals who develop or assist with the design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and civil aspects of building.
Escrow agents Third party agents critical to the real estate transaction process in ensuring both parties fulfill obligations of the contract, including disclosure.
Facility managers Personnel responsible for the ongoing maintenance and efficiency of a building’s operations.
Financial advisors Securities consultants who advise municipalities in the packaging and placement of financial instruments into the markets.
Green raters An accredited third-party professional who evaluates compliance of a building or maintenance processes to a green building rating system.
Home buyers Citizens, residents and investors looking for, evaluating or purchasing a new or existing home.
Home inspectors Professionals licensed by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration that evaluate the condition of a home.
Home sellers Citizens, residents and investors considering or in the process of selling an existing home. Homebuilders and their sales staff selling new homes are referred to as “Builders”.
IFMA International Facility Management Association, a member organization of facility management professionals with two Arizona chapters. (ifma.org)
InterNACHI International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, one of two organizations representing home inspectors in Arizona. (nachi.org/AZ)
Landscape architects Professionals who impact energy usage through the use of shade, vegetative transpiration, permeable surfaces, as well as the reflectivity, emissivity and thermal mass of materials choices for the exterior surroundings of buildings.
Lenders Mortgage lending institutions.
Local governments County, city and/or town governments, or coalitions or associations of such governments.
Media Diversified media technologies that are intended to reach a large audience by mass communication.
Mortgage-backed securities owners Financial market actors who purchase bundled mortgages as financial instruments.
Multiple Listing Service boards Organizations typically consisting of realtors who govern the operations of a real estate multiple listing service for a geographic region.
NGOs Non-Governmental Organizations, an umbrella term indicating local community groups, neighborhood associations, environmental groups and/or other advocacy organizations.
RE Implementers Umbrella term indicating developers, designers, installers and integrators of commercial and residential renewable energy systems.
RE Lessors Organizations that finance and own renewable energy systems that are leased for use to residential and/or commercial customers.
RE Manufacturers Organizations that produce renewable energy systems or components.
Realtors Real estate sales professionals. New home sales agents employed by builders are included under the term “Builders”.
Regional associations of government Regional organizations such as the Maricopa Association of Governments or Pima Association of Governments that facilitate cooperation among local governments.
Remodeling contractors Contractors who focus on traditional cosmetic or space alteration remodeling projects and who are not typically trained for home energy performance work.
Residential utility customers Utility customers purchasing energy from a utility under a residential rate plan.
RESNET Residential Energy Services Network, a non-profit organization that develops the Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) standard, procedures and accreditation requirements. (resnet.us)
Rewards Partners Any organization interested in offering a discount for products or services as a promotional reward as a means to market and/or gain access to new customers.
RUCO Residential Utility Consumer Office, a State of Arizona entity led by a governor-appointed director, that advocates on behalf of residential customers in utility rate cases. (azruco.gov)
Sierra Club The Arizona chapter of a grassroots environmental organization and an intervener in utility rate cases. (arizona.sierraclub.org)
Social gaming providers Organizations that develop and provide interactive online entertainment for multi-player or player-comparison environments.
Software developers Entrepreneurs or established companies that write and publish computer applications for desktop or mobile devices.
Southwest Building Science Training Center A hands-on learning laboratory and classroom training facility for weatherization, energy efficiency and building science. (swbstc.org)
State Board of Appraisers A state agency charged with ensuring all Arizona appraisers meet the education, experience and examination criteria established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation. (appraisal.state.az.us)
STB manufacturers Set-top box manufacturers, producers of cable, satellite and digital video recorder equipment for televisions, including multi-function videogaming equipment such as the XBox.
SWEEP Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, a non-profit energy efficiency advocacy organization and a frequent intervener in utility rate cases. (swenergy.org)
Tax equity investors Organizations that provide capital to pay for a portion of an energy efficiency or renewable energy project in exchange for revenue streams including tax credits and deductions that accrue, as well as other revenue streams.
Taxpayer interest groups A variety of NGOs that advocate on behalf of taxpayer interests. Examples include PIRG and the Goldwater Institute.
Television service providers Digital satellite, fiber-optic, and coaxial cable video entertainment operators.
Tenants Lessees of space in commercial buildings.
Third-party administrators Non-profit or for-profit organizations that manage the disbursement and collection of revenue associated with PACE-financed energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Title companies Companies that research, document and insure the chain of title on property deeds, as well as encumbrances on them.
Unions Organizations of workers who have banded together to achieve common trade and industry goals.
University climatologists Researchers who analyze climate data, interactions and impact, including the urban heat island effect.
USGBC-AZ US Green Building Council – Arizona Chapter, a non-profit membership-based organization that promotes and advocates for green building. Has a Residential Green Building Committee. (usgbcaz.org)
Utilities Arizona’s investor-owned, municipal and co-op utilities.
Workforce development candidates Applicants who qualify for grant-funded training assistance to re-tool their skills for positions that meet industry demand.
Workforce development programs Federal, state and local programs with the mission to provide workers with the information, advice, job search assistance and training they need to get and keep good jobs and to provide employers with skilled workers.