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According to Honeywell, the program features new products, including energy-efficient foam insulation and sealants, as well as professional development training, ultimately leading to program participants becoming authorized Honeywell EnovatePRO Contractors.
“There is growing interest in making the building envelope at homes more energy efficient, as evidenced by President Obama’s ‘Cash for Caulkers’ program proposal,” said Bryan Magnus, business manager for weatherization products and services at Honeywell. “The EnovatePRO program is specifically designed to help a range of professionals, including HVAC and home energy contractors, insulation and roofing contactors, and renovators, to offer a broader range of solutions for home and building owners seeking more energy efficiency.”
President Obama in December proposed a new program that would reimburse homeowners for energy-efficient appliances and insulation, part of a broader plan to stimulate the economy. Under the program, widely called Cash for Caulkers, a homeowner could receive up to $12,000 in rebates for investment in home weatherization. According to the Air Barrier Association of America, a typical 2,500-square-foot home has more than a half mile of cracks and crevices. The resulting air leakage accounts for 25 to 40 percent of energy used for heating and cooling the average home, according to U.S. government estimates.
Honeywell said the EnovatePRO Contractor Program will include products specifically designed to allow contractors to perform air sealing and weatherization work. The product line will include EnovatePRO brand insulating foam sealant, which will be available in both cans and two-component kits, as well as a line of weatherstripping and caulks to provide contractors with a full range of products to properly air seal a house or commercial building.
Professional development will include training on analyzing the building envelope, methods and products for air sealing and weatherization, as well as health and safety best practices. Contractors completing the training will be certified by Honeywell, as well as by Building Performance Institute (BPI).
Contractors who complete the program will become authorized Honeywell EnovatePRO Contractors and will have access to Honeywell materials. More information on the program can be found at www.enovatepro.com.
Publication date: 01/25/2010