RESBlog - Legislation

American Institute of Architects U.S. Energy Policy Priorities

April 4th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Baden under Legislation, RESNET News

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reacted to President Obama’s proposals for increasing the nation’s energy security by reiterating its top five energy conservation legislative priorities. “Architects make design decisions every day that have significant impact on the energy that buildings use both during their construction and throughout their life cycles, ” said AIA 2011

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Obama Administration’s New “Recovery Through Retrofit” Program to be Featured at the 2011 RESNET Building Performance Conference

December 21st, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Conference, Hot Topics, Legislation, Recovery Through Retrofit, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - December 2010

On November 9, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden announced the new Recovery Through Retrofit Program. The program has the following key features: New Home Energy Score survey for existing homes New FHA PowerSaver loan program to finance energy upgrades through the mortgage loan New Workforce Guidelines for home energy upgrades The 2011 RESNET Building Performance

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ENERGY STAR New Homes Version 2.5 Delayed to April 2011

December 21st, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, Legislation, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - December 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that ENERGY STAR New Homes Version 2.5 has been delayed until April 1, 2011. Single family homes that are permitted before April 1, 2011 can continue to be qualified under the current v2 guidelines until July 1, 2011 (previously, this applied only to single family homes permitted

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Congress Extends Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

December 21st, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, Legislation, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - December 2010

After hard work by RESNET and its strategic allies, Congress has extended the $2,000 federal tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes. The extension will last from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011.  The extension was part of a sweeping tax package negotiated by the White House and Republican Congressional leaders.  President

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Reminder: November 26, 2010 Deadline for Submitting Comment on Proposed Amendment on Lighting, Appliance and Miscellaneous Energy Usage Profiles

November 23rd, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Legislation, RESNET News, RESNET Notes - November 2010, Technical

RESNET home energy ratings considers all energy uses of a home including lighting, appliances and plug loads of miscellaneous energy uses such as clothes washers and dryers.  A comprehensive DOE-funded study of miscellaneous loads in residential buildings conducted by the Florida Solar Energy Center and National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that these loads are significantly

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Energy Legislation Outlook in “Lame Duck” Session of Congress

November 23rd, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, Legislation, RESNET Notes - November 2010

Congress has convened for a “lame duck” post election session.  The lame duck session represents the last chance for Democrats to enact legislation before the new Congress goes into session with the Republican majority in the House and reduced Democratic Senators. The opportunity to have major legislation passed in the lame duck session is very

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HUD to Pilot New PowerSaver Loan Program

November 23rd, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Home Builders, Hot Topics, Job Opportunities, Legislation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a new pilot program that will offer credit-worthy borrowers low cost loans to make energy saving improvements to their homes. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration, the new “PowerSaver” loans will offer homeowners up to $25,000 to make energy-efficient improvements of their choice, including the installation

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