Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Getting to know the 'Cash for Caulker' program

The California Energy Commission and the Building Performance Institute are among the organizations sponsoring a webinar about the proposed federal Home Star incentive program.

The event, dubbed "Cash for Caulkers" because of its similarity to Cash for Clunkers, is from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Click here to register.

The proposed program -- with estimates as high as $6 billion -- would give homeowners incentives by way of low-cost loans, rebates and tax breaks to pay for weatherization and energy-efficiency retrofits. It recently passed the U.S. House and was sent to the Senate.

The title of the webinar is "Getting GOLD STAR Ready: Roadmap to Accreditation with
The Building Performance Institute for California Home Improvement Contractors
." Discussion includes information about federal and state programs requiring BPI accreditation to access rebate and incentive programs, details about the BPI, testimony from home performance contractors already accredited and details about applying for accreditation.

The Building Performance Institute figures to play a major role in the program, as only BPI-accredited companies or companies with accreditation approved by the U.S. Department of Energy can recommend energy efficiency retrofits under the Gold Star portion of the program.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.

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