Wanted: Opinions on Home Energy Upgrades

December 05, 2010

Have a comment on how to improve the air quality inside your home? I have the platform for you to voice it.

Last month, Chicagoland Real Estate Forum told you about Vice President Joe Biden’s new federal program called Home Energy Score that will help homeowners save energy and money.

Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

During that announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency released a series of best-practice tools “to maintain or improve indoor air quality and residents’ health when performing home energy retrofits.”

Now the EPA is looking for suggestions from the public to help complete the document.

“EPA’s draft, Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, are intended for voluntary adoption by weatherization assistance programs, federally funded housing programs, private sector home performance contractors, and others working on residential retrofit or remodeling efforts of single family and multi-family low-rise residential homes. The protocols include recommended minimum specifications and best practices to be followed during and after home energy retrofits.”

The protocols, in conjunction with the Department of Energy’s Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades, will:

*Provide a practical set of resources for retrofit contractors, trainers and program administrators

*Help improve the quality of the work performed in this expanding industry

*Promote resident health and safety

*Drive consumer demand for energy efficiency retrofit services

If you have an opinion on this subject, now is the time to voice it. It’s especially important for those in the remodeling industry to chime in on these protocols that they will have to one day follow.

Comments must be submitted by Thursday, December 9.

For more information, including links on how and where to comment, visit

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