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House Approves $6 Billion Home Star Program

The U.S. House of Representatives announced their passing of the Home Star program bill, also known as ‘Cash for Caulkers,’ earlier this month. Hopefully, this will pass the Senate soon, as it will be a huge boost for the building & remodeling industry.

From CNN Money, May 6, 2010:

House lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6 billion measure that aims to provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements — but not without a fight from Republicans.

The bill, officially known as the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act but better known as “cash for caulkers,” has been touted by President Obama since December as one of the signature pieces of his administration’s larger job-creation strategy.

The act “is a common-sense bill that will create jobs, save consumers money, and strengthen our economy,” President Obama said after the House passed the measure. “We have workers eager to do new installations and renovations, and factories ready to produce new energy-efficient building supplies.”

You can read the rest of the story here: “House approves $6 billion ‘cash for caulkers’

For more information on the Home Star program, here is a fact sheet from the White House website.

Energy Star and EPA RRP Update Meeting a Huge Success!

A great turnout of interested contractors

A great turnout of interested contractors

Our Energy Star and EPA RRP Update Meeting on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 was a huge success last week! We had an excellent turn-out of our contractor customers who want to stay informed. The Energy Star segment, presented by Mike Berry, was very informative, teaching the contractors how to improve their profits by building more energy efficient homes.

Mike Berry from Energy Star

Mike Berry from Energy Star

The EPA RRP rule has all the builders focused on complying with the new rules. But our guest speakers also explained how to improve the way they contain construction dust and make a healthier work environment for themselves. Dennis Brophy of Dust Door and Wall System showed containment equipment and explained its use for meeting the new regulations. Andrea Goldman, active NARI member and principal of the Law Office of Andrea Goldman in Newton, Massachusetts, gave a detailed update on the legal issues of the EPA RRP rule.

Dust Door Containment Equipment

Dennis Brophy of Dust Door demonstrating containment equipment

UPDATE 5-21-2010: Pictures now available on Facebook at this link!


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