The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) participated in the unveiling of the House version of the proposed HomeStar Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 during a news conference today on Capitol Hill. (CLICK HERE for more on Homestar).

NLBMDA president and chief executive officer Michael O’Brien spoke at the news conference today alongside Home Star’s sponsor, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt), and Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass), Vern Ehlers (R-Mich) and Denis Cardoza (D-Calif).

“Many building material dealers provide installed services for these types of energy-saving products, such as windows, doors and insulation, and would be able to provide one-stop service to homeowners seeking to take advantage of the new HomeStar rebates,” said O’Brien. “Since the majority of our members are multi-generational, family-owned small businesses, it is imperative that the proposed HomeStar rebate program work as effectively and efficiently as possible to ensure that companies of all sizes and in all markets are able to participate in and benefit from the program.”

The HomeStar legislation has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, according to the NLBMDA. Lead sponsor of the senate bill (S. 3177) is Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and is co-sponsored by senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.). No bill number has been assigned to the House bill yet.

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