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  • 1.  Removing Barriers to Weatherization Services

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 06-28-2022 14:12

    Last week, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced the selection of a Program Operator for the Statewide Weatherization Barrier Remediation Program, partnering with the nationally recognized non-profit International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST). 

    Costly removal of mold and asbestos can be a barrier to updating home insulation.
    Credit: National Institutes of Health

    ICAST has a long history of establishing successful programs globally, providing sustainable solutions to underserved communities. This partnership will bring ICAST's community-oriented, thoughtful, and results-driven approach to Connecticut to deliver barrier remediation services to up-to 1,000 households. The new Weatherization Barrier Remediation Program combines health and safety improvements with statewide weatherization services to lower household energy costs and energy burdens and improve health outcomes.  

    With $12.3 million of initial funding, this program will address health and safety barriers such as mold and asbestos in up to 1,000 income-eligible households that will be prioritized based on demonstrated energy burden or overall need. After barrier remediation, households will receive energy efficiency improvements through either Connecticut's state-managed or utility-managed weatherization program for income-eligible households. Over half of this initial funding comes via the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was prioritized by Gov. Lamont in his budget last year to help those most vulnerable with their energy costs, a proposal that was ultimately approved by the legislature.  


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    Macie Melendez
    Editor in Chief, Building Performance eJournal
    Building Performance Association
    Moon Township PA
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  • 2.  RE: Removing Barriers to Weatherization Services

    Bronze Contributor
    Posted 06-29-2022 11:24
    The first part is about CT, but don't miss an important part at the end, about supporting US Rep Tonko's legislation which can have a very positive effect on states beyond Connecticut.

    BPA, BPI and others such as E4TheFuture are offering a letter that supports removing constraints on program implementation for low-income homes. Homes can get weatherization services when health, safety and structural barriers are addressed.


    We encourage you to sign as an individual, and spread the word!
    https://bit.ly/Wx-Flex_CTA 
    You only need to sign once; the organizations' letters are identical. THANK YOU!


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    Carol Harley
    Communications Director
    E4TheFuture
    Framingham MA
    774-777-5121
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  • 3.  RE: Removing Barriers to Weatherization Services

    Bronze Contributor
    Posted 07-08-2022 16:56
    Whoo-whoo! See quotes from BPA board member Leticia Colon de Mejias in the headliner of 7/7 Northeast Energy News:

    Conn. program will tackle weatherization barriers | Energy News Network


    Excerpt:
    30% to 40% of the homes her staff was visiting had barriers that prevented efficiency work from being done. Most were low-income and under-resourced households. Other contractors she talked to were experiencing the same thing, and, she learned, the weatherization programs simply paid them a fee for their time. The homeowners received no additional support.

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    Carol Harley
    Communications Director
    E4TheFuture
    Framingham MA
    774-777-5121
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