S PE C I A LT Y N E W S & T R E N D S
Bills Introduced to
The remaining officers include: president-
elect, Michael Hydeck, MCR, CKBR of
Hydeck Design Build in Telford, Pa.; vice
president, Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR of
Urban Herriges & Sons Inc. in Mukwonago,
Delay Lead Rule Wis.; and secretary/treasurer, Fred Spaulding,
CKBR, of Quality Home Improvements Inc.
in Kingwood, Texas.
ills to delay implementation of the
B Environmental Protection Agency’s
(EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and
Consumer Financing Cash for Caulkers Bill Passes House
The U.S. House of Representatives on
Painting Rule (LRRP) have been introduced GE Money and Champion May 6 passed the Home Star bill (H.R. 5019)
in the U.S. House and the Senate. with a vote of 246 to 161. Also referred to
The House bill (HR 5177) introduced on
Windows Offer Credit as “cash for caulkers,” the legislation aims
April 29, just a week after the new rule, would GE Money, the consumer lending Unit to establish a rebate program to encourage
postpone implementation until accreditation of General Electric Co., and Champion consumers to buy energy-efficient appliances
classes were held for a period of at least one Windows announced a multiyear agreement and undertake energy efficiency home refur-
year. The bill was referred to the Committee to offer consumer financing. The GE Money bishments.
on Energy and Commerce. A Senate version Home Design program enables homeown- Officially known as the Home Star
was introduced on May 4 and was similarly ers to finance purchases from Champion’s Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, the bill now
referred to committee. line of products, including vinyl replace- moves on to the Senate for consideration
Previous to the LRRP implementa- ment windows, entry doors, patio rooms and debate.
tion date, a number of building industry and siding. The program is managed by GE The House bill establishes a new pro-
groups, including the National Association Money’s Sales Finance Unit, which provides gram that provides grants to homeowners
of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National billions of dollars of consumer financ- for weatherizing their homes. Two paths are
Association of the Remodeling Industry ing through more than