Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ACCA and Others Seek Improvements to Home Star

According to ACCA's official release, the HVACR contractor association has joined with the Green Mechanical Council, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, the National Roofing Contractors Association, and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association on a letter to the Senate urging two primary improvements to the latest "Home Star" bill:
  1. Redirect the rebates to homeowners rather that to contractors
  2. Open up "Gold Star" and the parallel 25E tax credit to more than BPI Accredited contractors

The bill faced signficant challenges prior to the concerns raised by these six influential organizations. Whether these changes are made might not matter since there continues to be little agreement on how to pay for the $6 billion program. HARDI agrees that opening up the contractor eligibility is essential for passage of the bill, however passage of an unappropriated Home Star could be far more disruptive and costly on the industry than no passage at all.

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