NAHB — After a somewhat slow start because of a lack of certified trainers and training facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has now certified more than 511,000 trained lead-safe renovators and 64,000 remodeling firms to date, putting them in compliance with the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule enacted earlier this year, agency officials told NAHB during a meeting at the National Housing Center on Nov. 4.
The agency also reported that it has stepped up its campaign to inform consumers of the need to use certified remodelers when remodeling homes built before 1978.
The USGBC just announced its 2010 Leadership Awards for green building and the Recovery School District in New Orleans is in the mix. Here's the announcement:
The Recovery School District received an award for its steadfast commitment to rebuilding healthy, high-performing schools for New Orleans community. Five years after the devastating hurricanes that ravaged New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, the District made rebuilding sustainably a priority, committing to build all public schools to a minimum of LEED Silver and reducing energy use by 30 percent. When phase one of the master plan is completed in 2013, there will be 17 new and 13 renovated LEED schools. The first of those schools opened in August 2009, with double-digit increases in test scores just in the past school year.
Above: L.B. Landry School in Algiers with solar hot water and other sustainable features. Congratulations to the district.
Green House — USA TODAY: U.S. homeowners will be able to get low-cost energy audits that rank a home's efficiency on a scale of one to 10 and get federally insured loans for upgrades, under an Obama administration plan to be announced today.
With the new Home Energy Score, consumers will find out how their home compares with others and how much money they could save by adding insulation, sealing air leaks or doing other upgrades.Nine U.S. communities will test the score, similar to a miles-per-gallon label for cars, before it's rolled out nationally next summer.
Vice President Joe Biden, facing center, dicusses home weatherization at a private home in Manchester, N.H., on August 26, He's slated to announce Tuesday a new initiative to score homes for energy efficiency and offer low-cost audits and federally-insured homes for upgrades.
"Together, these programs will grow the home retrofit industry and help middle-class families save money and energy," says Vice President Joe Biden, who plans to unveil the initiative at a meeting of his Middle Class Task Force.
Just FYI, I'll be part of the team putting on this CEU workshop Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. If you need CEU credits, and are in the area, register below:
Raised Floors with a Touch of Green
CEU Training for Builders and Code Officials
Nov. 18, 2010
Dec. 2, 2010
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Have you seen Daily 5 Remodel, the new offering led by Leah Thayer, a former senior editor at Remodeling Magazine?
d5R, as it's known, is a daily blast of news and features custom made for remodeling contractors and others in the industry. Here's the shout-out I got today:
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"I've taught thousands of remodeling professionals and teach at least one RRP class a week, but the most fun I've ever had has been since Kathy (my wife) and I moved to New Orleans two years ago to be part of the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Kathy and I live in a house facing the 1,300-acre New Orleans City Park with oak trees that were here when Columbus landed."