Senate Introduces Homestar Legislation

April 6th, 2010 by DWM Magazine

The Homestar Bill was officially introduced in the Senate on March 26, and the proposed legislation offers many details of interest to manufacturers and dealers. Officially known as the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, the legislation would “establish a Federal Rebate Processing Systems which shall serve as a database and information technology system that will allow rebate aggregators to submit claims for reimbursement,” among other items.

According to Section 7, the Silver Star Home Energy Retrofit program, this would cover, “a window replacement that replaces at least eight exterior windows or skylights or 75 percent of the exterior windows and skylights in a home, whichever is less, with windows or skylights that are certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council and comply with criteria applicable to windows and skylights under section 25(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”

The program would also apply to storm windows that are installed on at least five single-glazed windows that do not have storm windows.”

According to the legislation, the amount of a rebate in this section “shall be $1,000 per measure for the installation of energy savings measures described in subsection b.” (See the full text of the legislation at the end of this story for all the details.)

Regarding implementation of the legislation, should it pass, “the State shall develop a quality assurance framework in consultation with industry stakeholders, including representatives of efficiency program managers, contractors and environmental, energy efficiency and labor organizations.”

CLICK HERE for the full text of the legislation.



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