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. Continue reading on the BPA eJournal