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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE THE BRIGHTUP WRITE-UP… BRINGING THE BELTWAY TO YOU BY CRAIG BRIGHTUP, THE BRIGHTUP GROUP LLC BIPARTISAN POSSIBILITIES FOR THE INDUSTRY A s we head into the home stretch before Congress adjourns for the Nov. 6 general election, there aren’t many issues that enjoy broad support. Nonetheless, there are some industryrelated proposals in Congress that are bipartisan and one of them is the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, S. 1000, which was introduced last year by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). On July 14, 2011, the ESIC Act was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by an 18 – 3 bipartisan vote. ESIC would set energy-savings goals for new commercial and residential buildings to be attained by national model building code targets proposed by the Energy Secretary. This approach to ratcheting up energy codes seems reasonable in that additional powers given to the Secretary to set targets come with checks and balances. In addition, targets would be subject to the rulemaking process enabling SPFA to participate. The ESIC Act (or “Shaheen-Portman”) could be important for SPFA members because it could drive the adoption of energyefficient building technologies. It has the support of hundreds of organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but is having a difficulty getting to the floor for a vote with such a crowded legislative calendar. On Feb. 15, 2012, Reps. Charlie Bass (R-NH-2) and Jim Matheson (D-UT-2) introduced the Smart Energy Act (H.R. 4017) as a House companion bill to the ESIC Act. It differs in substance, though, particularly with regard to building energy efficiency. Specifically, the focus is on federal buildings, while for other buildings it proposes a more robust DOE credit fi nancing program for retrofits. Like the ESIC Act, this bill also is suffering from a lack of available floor time. The homeowner energy-efficiency tax credit (IRC Sec. 25C) has always enjoyed bipartisan support and congressional activity has picked up to move a tax extenders bill for some 60 expired credits including 25C. On August 2, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Family Business Tax Cut The ESIC Act (or “Shaheen-Portman”) could be important for SPFA members because it could drive the adoption of energy-efficient building technologies”. Certainty Act, which would extend 25C through 2013 (retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012) in its current form. Of importance to SPFA members is that legislative proposals in both chambers would replace 25C’s flawed roofi ng criteria to product-neutral criteria and make eligible all roofi ng products that meet Energy Star requirements. This would be consistent with product-neutral criteria for other items in 25C and have virtually no impact on the score (revenue effect) to the Treasury. It’s likely that 25C and other expired credits will not be renewed until the lame duck session after the election, in which this Congress will address must-pass legislation before the new Congress convenes in January. However, there’s sentiment in Congress to pass a tax extenders bill before the election in order to preserve more time for major spending and budget issues. o Craig Brightup is chief executive officer of The Brightup Group LLC, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. He has provided services for 15 different organizations since 2009, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Roofing Contractors Association. www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 15 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Fall 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
ABAA NEWS
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SAFETY FIRST
BEHIND THE FOAM
2012 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
GETTING SUSTAINABLE ROOFING RIGHT
MILITARY STANDARDS AND SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM INSULATION – PART 2
IRAQ – U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ BENEFITS FROM PERFORMANCE OF SPF
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM

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