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Building Performance Institute Included in 'Cash for Caulkers' Recommendation from President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB)

HOME STAR proposal recommended by PERAB includes standards for home performance contractor accreditation and certification 

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI), a nationally recognized standards development and contractor credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work, is pleased to be included in President Obama's proposed national weatherization incentive program, HOME STAR, unveiled in the President's speech on Job Creation and Economic Growth at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

A formal recommendation to the President from PERAB last week cited BPI as a key contributor to the proposed HOME STAR program by providing training and accreditation for the development of the new home performance workforce, as well as third-party quality assurance on the installed retrofit measures: 

"In addition to creating immediate jobs and economic activity, to provide long-term sustainability, we must ensure that companies deliver measurable and reliable results.... Standards for home performance contractor accreditation and Building Analyst auditor certification will be implemented by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and through a national network of third party providers... Program standards will be maintained with the help of a robust program of third-party verification and inspection designed to ensure that homeowners get what they pay for under HOME STAR. Inspections will be calibrated to program performance and the adoption by contractors of front-end quality measures, such as BPI accreditation and use of a well-trained construction workforce in order to quickly address quality problems."  

Also dubbed 'Cash for Caulkers,' HOME STAR is designed to encourage homeowners to weatherize their homes in order to create more than 500,000 new jobs.  The proposed program would provide $23 billion in funding: $18 billion for homeowner incentives, $2 billion for quality assurance audits on efficiency projects and $3 billion for retailer incentives and awareness-building activities. The basic structure of the HOME STAR program was developed by an ad hoc committee of private sector advisors, with strong participation by Efficiency First (www.efficiencyfirst.org), a national non-profit trade association that unites the home performance workforce. 

"The training, individual certification, company accreditation and inclusion of a robust quality assurance program aspects of the proposed national program are fundamental to protecting the dollars that will be invested in energy efficiency retrofits by both homeowners and the Federal government," says David Hepinstall, Chairman of the BPI Board of Directors. "We are proud to be a part of this historic initiative and embrace the responsibility we are being entrusted with as the program comes to fruition."

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