President Trump has released a proposed budget that includes cuts to a number of programs run by the Environmental Protection Agency – including the popular Energy Star certification program for new and remodeled homes and many home appliances.
The administration’s budget proposal is the first step in what is expected to be a long process later this spring and summer as Congress wrestles with a number of competing priorities – its own and the president’s – to finalize the fiscal 2018 budget.
NAHB will be involved in the process every step of the way to advocate for cost-effective budget changes that best serve our members and their home buyers.
The voluntary Energy Star program has become a household name since it was launched in 1992. It now includes 70 product categories from air conditioners to refrigerators and counts 18,000 private and public sector organizations – including many home building companies – among its partners.
The Energy Star home certification program helps builders market and promote their energy-efficient homes and is now being used to improve the accuracy of home appraisals.
Even as Congress is in the midst of preparing its own budget, NAHB continues to meet with members and their staff to talk about the programs and services the agency provides and why it’s important to keep – or not to keep – the programs that most affect the home building industry.
As these talks continue, NAHB needs to hear from our members to get their opinions. Please contact NAHB Legislative Director Billie Kaumaya and let her know what’s most important to you.
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