The New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA), located in East Syracuse, NY and its corporate office located in Guilderland, NY was incorporated in 1985 with the goal of providing a collective voice and influencing public policy for directors of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) across the state.
This developed into a uniquely collegial relationship with the state and federal administrators and helped shape the New York State program into one of the best in the nation. NYSWDA continued to grow and expand services over the years and projects such as bulk purchasing of materials, compliance with other state and federal regulators, and conference organization were added to our roster of activities.
Due to the nature and complexity of the Weatherization Program, the next logical step was to provide a centrally located training center where field as well as management staff could go to receive the latest information on technological advancements in the field of energy conservation.
In 2004, NYSWDA was established as a subgrantee by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and a full time staff was hired. With staff on board, we were ready to move into a permanent structure and realize a dream that had been on the drawing table for many years.
In 2006, NYSWDA established a permanent training facility on Fisher Road in East Syracuse, New York.
Expanded in 2010, the facility provides a modern, state of the art site for training weatherization staff and home performance contractors from around the country. With an emphasis on applied mechanical skills and using the latest diagnostic equipment, we integrate classroom training and laboratory exercises to provide energy auditors and field technicians an exceptional learning experience.
The training center includes two classroom spaces which can accommodate up to 54 individuals. A full complement of audio visual equipment and ‘hands on’ props enhance the adult students’ learning experience. Last year over 1000 students attended 80 separate trainings both nationally and at the center. The trainings encompassed a variety of relevant subjects including: small home energy auditing, insulation techniques, HVAC, air sealing, lead safe work practices, OSHA safety training, EPA Lead Renovator, BPI Certifications and more.
Since that time, NYSWDA has expanded its core membership to include building sciences professionals and allied individuals who are committed to improving home comfort and energy efficiency through variety of venues.
Membership in NYSWDA is not limited to agencies within the New York State Weatherization network.