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Welcome Home Wounded Warrior Act Of 2012 aka “HOME ENERGY SCORE” (SCORE!) Act Home Energy Scoring Program- Training and Implementation University of Missouri- Extension US Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories Spirit Foundation, a U.S. Department of Energy Partner www.homeenergy.gov Veterans Training at Universities & Community Colleges HESQA (HOME ENERGY SCORE Qualified Assessor) Legislation to Increase Home Energy Efficiency Create Jobs Nationwide for Wounded Warriors returning home Tax Breaks for HOME ENERGY SCORE Modifications for Homeowners With Energy efficient homes Senator Claire McCaskill


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Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Act of 2012 (Introduced in the Senate)

Wounded Warrior Act ------------------------------------------------------------------------------112th CONGRESS 2ndt Session

Provide for the establishment of a HOME ENERGY SCORE Act, Wounded Warrior training, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Ms. McCASKILL (for herself, Mr. BINGAMAN , Mr. WARNER, Mr. GRAHAM, Ms. SNOWE, Mr. MERKLEY, Mr. BROWN of Massachusetts, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. SANDERS, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. CARPER, Mr. PRYOR, Mr. BEGICH, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Ms. CANTWELL, and Mr. HARKIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL To provide for the establishment of a Wounded Warrior Act, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, hereby requests an “Energy Action” as outlined in TITLE 42, CHAPTER IV, SUBCHAPTER 77, USCS 6421


A.

Table of Contents

B.

Sections 101-114

A. Table of Contents 1. Sec. 101. Definitions 2. Sec. 102. HOME ENERGY SCORE Qualified Assessor Tax Credit 3. Sec. 103. HOME ENERGY SCORE Qualified Assessor (HESQA) 4. Sec. 104. HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization & Modification 5. Sec. 105. HESIRR (Home Energy Score Interest Rate Reduction) 6. Sec. 106. $199 HOME ENERGY SCORE Tax Credit 7. Sec. 107. Home Energy Score for Military Personnel and Indian Tribes 8. Sec. 108. Job Placement and Training Grant for Wounded Warriors & Post 9/11 vets 9. Sec. 109 Reporting 10. Sec. 110. Administration 11. Sec. 111. Treatment of Tax Credits 12. Sec. 112. Penalties 13. Sec. 113 HUD Power Saver Loan Program 14. Sec. 114 Tax Credit Eligibility

B. 1.

Sections 101-114 101. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (a) The term ‘QUALIFIED ASSESSOR’ means a residential energy efficiency assessor that meets the minimum applicable requirements established under section 103


(b) UMCSE - The University of Missouri- Extension and Spirit Foundation (working together) – also known as the ‘HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization & Training Provider (c) BPI- The term ‘BPI’ means the Building Performance Institute (d) RESNET RATER & BPI Analyst- The term RESNET Rater means a residential energy efficiency auditor that has completed coursework through the University of Missouri-Extension to receive the RESNET RATER Certification. BPI Analyst means a residential energy efficiency auditor that has completed coursework through the University of Missouri-Extension to receive their BPI Analyst Certification. (e) HES SCORING TOOL – refers to the Home Energy Scoring Tool automated software developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (f) CONDITIONED SPACE- The term ‘conditioned space’ means the area of a home that is: •

intended for habitation; and

intentionally heated or cooled

(g) DOE- The term ‘DOE’ means the Department of Energy (h) ELECTRIC UTILITY (aka HOME ENERGY SCORE Program Partner)- The term ‘electric utility’ means any person or State agency that delivers or sells electric energy at retail, including nonregulated utilities and utilities that are subject to State regulation and Federal power marketing administrations (i) DOL – The term ‘DOL’ means the Department of Labor (j) FEDERAL MODIFICATION PROCESSING SYSTEM- The term ‘Federal Modification Processing System’ means the Federal Modification Processing System established by FNMA, FHLMC and FHA for home energy HOME ENERGY SCORE modifications on existing mortgages (k) HUD POWER SAVER LOAN PROGRAM- The term ‘HUD Power Saver Loan Program’ means the HUD energy efficiency loan program (l) HOME- The term ‘home’ means a principal residential dwelling unit in a building with no more than two (2), dwelling units that: •

are located in the United States; and

are constructed before the date of enactment of this Act

(m) HOMEOWNER- The term ‘homeowner’ means the owner occupied resident of record of a home (n) HOME ENERGY SCORE QUALIFIED ASSESSOR TAX CREDIT PROGRAM- The term ‘Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Tax Credit Program’ means the HOME ENERGY SCORE Tax credit Program established under this Act


(o) INDIAN TRIBE- The term ‘Indian Tribe’ has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b) (p) NATURAL GAS UTILITY- The term ‘natural gas utility’ means any person or State agency that transports, distributes, or sells natural gas at retail, including nonregulated utilities and utilities that are subject to State regulation (q) QUALIFIED ASESSOR- The term ‘qualified assessor’ means a residential energy efficiency auditor that meets minimum applicable requirements established under section 103 (r) QUALITY ASSURANCE FRAMEWORK- The term ‘quality assurance framework’ means a policy adopted by UM and Spirit to develop high standards for ensuring quality in ongoing HOME ENERGY SCORE training activities at Universities, Community Colleges, and promotion of training in green job creation throughout State & Federal funded Universities and Community Colleges in the United States (s) QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM-Means review of 5% of all Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE s, and approval of all HEHOME ENERGY SCORE s; and •

The term ‘quality assurance program’ means a program established under this title , to oversee the delivery of home energy HOME ENERGY SCORE s by HESQA (s) and ensure that homeowners receive their HOME ENERGY SCORE label

For purposes of subparagraph (A), delivery of HOME ENERGY SCORE label reviews of Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE s performed by HESQAs, and proper promotion of the training and implementation of the program at Universities and Community Colleges

(t) QUALITY ASSURANCE PROVIDER- The term ‘quality assurance provider’ means designated QA provider, approved by Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization and DOE. (u) HOME ENERGY SCORE PARTNER ORGANIZATION- The term Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization means an entity that meets the requirements of section 104 (v) BPI/RESNET- The term “BPI” and ‘RESNET’ means the Building Performance Institute and Residential Energy Services Network, which are both standard setting organizations that evaluate the energy performance of a home (w) ESME- The term ‘ESME’ means the University of Missouri-Extension, External Subject Matter Expert (x) HOME ENERGY HOME ENERGY SCORE TAX CREDIT PROGRAM- The term ‘Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Tax Credit Program’ means the HOME ENERGY SCORE Program established under section 106 (y) STATE- The term ‘State’ means: •

a State;

the District of Columbia;


the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

Guam;

American Samoa;

the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands;

the United States Virgin Islands; and

other territory or possession of the United States

(z) VENDOR- The term ‘vendor’ means any retailer that sells directly to homeowners and contractors the materials used for the energy savings measures under section 106

2. Sec. 102. HOME ENERGY SCORE TAX CREDIT PROGRAM (a) In General- This Act shall establish the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Tax Credit Program (b) Federal Tax Credit for Homeowners that have a HOME ENERGY SCORE and has paid the $199 for a HOME ENERGY SCORE through a partner organization, or on the designated website. (c) Requirements: •

in general- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury , shall:

establish a Federal Tax Credit System which shall serve as a database and information technology system that will allow homeowners to submit claims for federal tax credits for a HOME ENERGY SCORE provided by an HESQA using standard data protocols;

establish a national HOME ENERGY SCORE website that provides information on the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Tax credit program, including: A home that receives a HOME ENERGY SCORE of between 5 and 7 will receive a $1000 tax credit, and a home that receives a HOME ENERGY SCORE above 8 receives a $3000 tax credit

(d) Website reporting of all applicable requirements of this title, to be submitted to the DOE by the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization: •

each qualified HOME ENERGY SCORE assessment on completion of a HOME ENERGY SCORE ; and

each quality assurance report on completion verification

(e) Distribution of HOME ENERGY SCORE Orders from homeowners- Not later than 24 hours after the date a homeowner orders the HOME ENERGY SCORE at the designated DOE website, the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization shall distribute the orders by zip code to a HESQA


(f) National communication- The DOE shall post, on a weekly basis, on the national HOME ENERGY SCORE website information on: •

the number of Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCOREs approved for tax credits; and

the address and HOME ENERGY SCORE of each home

(g) Program adjustment or termination- Based on the information from the Aggegator, the DOE shall announce a termination date (h) Model forms- the DOE shall consider the model software (HOME ENERGY SCORING TOOL) developed by the LBNL (i) Administrative and Technical Support- Effective beginning not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the DOE shall provide administrative and technical support to the Home Energy Partner Organization, Universities, and Community Colleges as is necessary to carry out this title (j) Public Information Campaign- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall develop and implement a public education campaign that describes, at a minimum: •

the benefits of home energy HOME ENERGY SCORE

the availability of tax credits for: Increasing a home’s HOME ENERGY SCORE through the installation of efficiency measures Value added to a home by selling or purchasing a home with the HOME ENERGY SCORE Requirements for qualified homeowners able to receive a .50 modification to their current mortgage for the HOME ENERGY SCORE greater than 8

(k) Limitation- Tax credits and modifications may be provided for the same home only if: •

the home is owner occupied

energy savings obtained from measures under the HOME ENERGY SCORE are at the time of the HOME ENERGY SCORE (the home will have to be re-HOME ENERGY SCORE d once upgrades are completed)

the combined HOME ENERGY SCORE tax credit for efficiency and selling the home with a HOME ENERGY SCORE of 8 or greater will not exceed 3,000

(l) Availability- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization shall ensure that the HOME ENERGY SCORE training module is available to Universities and Community Colleges in the United States to the maximum extent practicable

3. SEC. 103. HESQA


(a) HESQA Qualifications - A HESQA may perform a HOME ENERGY SCORE in a State under this title only if the HESQA meets or provides: •

all applicable HESQA certification requirements established by the DOE Partner Organization

is not a registered sex offender

does not have a felony for any type of violent crime

has not been convicted of a drug related crime within the previous seven (7) years

has completed all online (web-based) curriculum required for certification by Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization

completes at least 4 hours of Continuing Education Credits for HESQA certification through the UM-Extension on an annual basis

Is a post 9/11 veteran or Wounded Warrior

(b) Provide the owner of the home the HOME ENERGY SCORE , including a disclosure regarding tax credits and modification term availability, and information regarding the HUD Power Saver Loan for energy retrofits (c) An agreement executed by the homeowner and the HESQA (including their RESNET RATER Certification # and BPI Analyst Certification #) disclosing the fee to be charged of $199, or $99 if they meet certain criteria as outlined in the Wounded Warrior Act as well as information including: •

The website to gather information to process the modification on their home

The website that includes in8formation regarding the means by which the tax credits will be available to the homeowner

(d) HESQA qualifications for participation in the HOME ENERGY SCORE Program- a HESQA may perform the HOME ENERGY SCORE for the homeowner only if they: •

meet the requirements for qualified assessors established by Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization

are accredited by the BPI as an Analyst; or RESNET as a RESNET RATER

have taken the U.S. Department of Energy proctored exam (part one), with a of 80% or better, through the partner organization.

Submitted 3 test cases (part two of proctored exam) to the U.S. Department of Energy standardized curriculum program and have been approved and issued an assessor ID to use the HOME ENERGY SCORING Tool through a DOE Partner Organization.


4. SEC. 104. HOME ENERGY SCORE PARTNER ORGANIZATION AND MODIFICATION HOME ENERGY HOME ENERGY SCORE PARTNER ORGANIZATION (a) In general- Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization shall develop a network of Universities and Community Colleges nationwide that will provide online training and promotion of the program (b) Responsibilities of the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization: •

review the proposed request for HOME ENERGY SCORE from the homeowner for completeness and accuracy via an automated ordering system (web based)

Conduct on-site QA of 5% of all completed HEHOME ENERGY SCORE s through a designated third party QA provider, submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy in the partner’s implementation plan to the U.S. Department of Energy

provide data to a Federal Data Processing Center consistent with data protocols established by the DOE

distribute orders received from homeowners to an approved entity, as outlined in this ACT, in order for the HOME ENERGY SCORE QA to complete a HOME ENERGY SCORE by zip code using electronic mail

(c) HOME ENERGY SCORE labels The Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization shall: •

submit the HOME ENERGY SCORE results to the DOE Processing Center after the date of receipt of a completed HOME ENERGY SCORE from a HESQA

notify the homeowner regarding the website that explains tax credit availability, and modification information

Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization will also issue the HOME ENERGY SCORE label and other disclosures to the homeowner by US Postal Service, or by e-mail, after the date of receipt of completion from the HESQA, including an official seal of approval from the DOE

(d) Public Utility Commission Efficiency Targets, Universities and Community CollegesThe DOL Secretary shall: Develop guidelines for States to create jobs as a HESQA and to allow utilities participating as HOME ENERGY SCORE Parter Program Affiliates to count the energy savings from the participation of the utilities toward State-level energy savings targets Cooperate with Universities and Community Colleges in creating jobs for HOME ENERGY SCORE QA’s for the duration of the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Qualified Assessor Program


Provide grants to post 9/11 Wounded Warriors & military personnel returning from the war to participate in training and implementation (e) Modification HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization will be any FDIC approved servicer of mortgage loans owned by FHLMC, FNMA or HUD

5. SEC. 105. HESIRR - HOME ENERGY HOME ENERGY SCORE INTEREST RATE REDUCTION LOAN MODIFICATION (a) In General- A homeowner shall be considered eligible for a .50 reduction on their current fixed rate mortgage, if the homeowner: •

receives a HOME ENERGY SCORE of 8 or higher from a certified HOME ENERGY SCORE QA

Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization confirms the HOME ENERGY SCORE after upgrades are completed through a re-HOME ENERGY SCORE

their mortgage is partially or wholly owned by FNMA, FHLMC or HUD

(b) Homeowner does not have to qualify with lender for the modification, except lender must verify: •

mortgage loan payments are current

current mortgage loan must be a fixed-rate loan with a remaining term of more than 24 months, and no longer than 359 months

Owner pays local filing fees up to $50.00; (not available to add into the modification)

all fees charged by lender for the modification cannot exceed 1% of loan balance and the 1% can be re-cast into the current principle balance of the loan

modification does not change existing terms of the loan, or extend the amortization – HESIRR reduces the current fixed rate by .50

(c) Inclusions- homeowner shall not be eligible for a HESIRR under this title if: •

the HOME ENERGY SCORE HOME ENERGY SCORE is below 8

their mortgage is not owned by FNMA, FHLMC, or HUD

Homeowner is not current on payments (current, meaning is not delinquent at the time of modification)

property is non-owner occupied

6. SEC. 106 $199 HOME ENERGY SCORE TAX CREDIT


(a) In General- If the HOME ENERGY SCORE is completed after the date of enactment of this Act by a HESQA, a tax credit for the cost of the HOME ENERGY SCORE shall be awarded the following year, up to $199 per HOME ENERGY SCORE (b) A homeowner can claim up to three HOME ENERGY SCORE assessments per year, including one original HOME ENERGY SCORE, and two re-HOME ENERGY SCOREs

7. SEC. 107. HOME ENERGY SCORES FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND INDIAN TRIBES (a) In General- An active or inactive military person who was honorably discharged in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, or Indian Tribes that receive a HOME ENERGY SCORE shall: •

Pay a maximum $99.00 for the HOME ENERGY SCORE ;

Sign a disclosure to educate a minimum of 2 other persons on energy efficiency

Agree to log into a social networking site for receiving the HOME ENERGY SCORE at a discount

Provide proof of honorable discharge or active duty to the HOME ENERGY SCORE PARTNER

Agree to receive additional information about energy efficiency from the DOE & Partner

8. SEC. 108. JOB PLACEMENT AND TRAINING GRANT (a) Initial Grants- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the DOL shall make the initial training grants available to Universities and Community Colleges, using the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program ($2 billion available), of which $20,000,000 of which 65% will be made available to the post 9-11 Veterans & Wounded Warriors for training through the University of Missouri – Extension, of which 25% will be used to build an energy efficient training facility and research facility, specifically called the Wounded Warrior Energy Efficiency Training Center, and 10% used for Partner organization for administrative procedures. b) DOE Home Energy Score Partner Organizations training and implementing Wounded Warrior training and implementation shall work directly with the University of Missouri – Extension. (b) Indian Tribes- The DOL shall reserve an appropriate amount of funding to be made available to carry out online training for each fiscal year to make grants available to Indian Tribes and military personnel under this section (c) Incarcerated Individuals- the Second Chance Act shall be amended to provide $4,000,000 in 2013 and $4,000,000 in 2014 to provide online training of incarcerated individuals that will be released within 12 months using the HOME ENERGY SCORE training program through the UMCSE (d) there shall be educational grants available to students in all States in accordance with the DOL Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program for military personnel returning from war (e) Quality Assurance Programs-


In general- a State funded University, Community College, Federal Institution or Indian Tribe may use the DOL training grant to carry out a HESQA training program that is: Operated as part of the HESQA program through the online coursework developed and provided by the UM-Extension

If the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization determines that an Indian Tribe, Federal Institution, University or Community College has not provided or cannot provide adequate oversight, they have the authority to: Withhold further training Require onsite training overseen by a HOME ENERGY SCORE Partner Organization

(f) Implementation- Any entity that receives educational funding under this section may implement a quality assurance program with other entities, including: •

an energy service company

an electric utility

a natural gas utility

a University or Community College

a unit of local government

a non-profit organization

(g) A private Company that is a certified “B” Corporation can also: •

assist in marketing

facilitate job development and placement

assist in implementation of the HOME ENERGY SCORE program

assist in training programs

assist with the HOME ENERGY SCORE label system

9. SEC. 109. REPORTING (a) In General- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Home Energy Partner Organization shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on the overall success of the HOME ENERGY SCORE Program (b) Contents- The report shall include a description of: •

the energy savings produced as a result of this title


the direct and indirect employment created as a result of the programs under this title

the specific entities implementing the HOME ENERGY SCORE QA programs;

the individuals who received their HOME ENERGY SCORE QA certification;

the manner in which training was provided;

the sources (such as military divisions, Universities, Community Colleges, Indian Tribes) and types of programs and job placement assistance used by the sources;

the results of verification requirements; and

any other information the DOE considers appropriate

10. SEC. 110. ADMINISTRATION (a) In General- not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the DOE shall provide such administrative and technical support to Home Energy Partner Organization, Military, and Indian Tribes as is necessary to carry out the functions designated to entities under this title (b) Appointment of Personnel- Notwithstanding the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service and General Schedule classifications and pay rates, the DOE may appoint such professional and administrative personnel as the Secretary of Energy and President of the United States consider necessary to carry out this title (c) Rate of Pay- The rate of pay for a person appointed under subsection (b) shall not exceed the maximum rate payable for GS-15 of the General Schedule under chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code. (d) ESME(s) - Notwithstanding section 303 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 253), the UMCSE may retain such ESME(s) on a noncompetitive basis as the Secretary of Energy or other UMSCE administration considers necessary to carry out this title at the rate of pay for a GS-15 of the General Schedule under chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code provided by funds in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. (e) Contracting- in carrying out this title, the Secretary of Treasury may waive all or part of any provision of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369; 98 Stat. 1175), an amendment made by that Act, or the Federal Acquisition Regulation on a determination that circumstances make compliance with the provisions contrary to the public interest (f) Regulations•

In general- notwithstanding section 553 of title 5, United States Code, the DOE may issue regulations, in the sole discretion of the DOE, determines necessary to carry out the Home Energy Score Program

If the Secretary of Energy determines that regulations are necessary; the regulations shall be issued not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act


Information Collection- Chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, shall not apply to any information collection requirement necessary for the implementation of the Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE Program

Adjustment of Tax Credit Amounts- effective beginning on the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the IRS may, after not less than 30 days public notice, prospectively adjust the tax credit amounts provided in this section based on: Use of the HOME ENERGY SCORE Program Other program data

11. SEC. 111. TREATMENT OF HOME ENERGY SCORE (HOME ENERGY SCORE !) TAX CREDITS (a) In General- For purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 198 received for eligible credits under this title-•

shall not be considered taxable income to a homeowner

shall prohibit the consumer from applying for a tax credit allowed under section 25C, 25D, or 25E of that Code for a duplicate energy tax credit from the homeowner

shall be considered a credit allowed under section 25C, 25D, or 25E of that Code for purposes of any limitation on the amount of the credit under that section

(b) AVAILABILITY OF TAX CREDIT FORM- A participating HOME ENERGY SCORE QA shall obtain tax credit form and provide to the homeowner on a designated website

12. SEC. 112. PENALTIES (a) In General- It shall be unlawful for any person to violate this title (including any regulation issued under this title), other than a violation as the result of a clerical error (b) Civil Penalty- Any person who commits a violation of this title shall be liable to the United States for a civil penalty in an amount that is not more than the higher of: •

$15,000 for each violation; or

3 times the value of any associated HOME ENERGY SCORE under this title

(c) Administration: The Secretary of Energy may: •

assess and compromise a penalty imposed


require from any entity the records and inspections necessary to enforce this title

prosecute any person who commits a fraudulent violation of this title

13. SEC. 113. HUD POWER SAVER LOAN PROGRAM (a) Definitions- In this section: •

Eligible Participant- The term ‘eligible participant’ means a homeowner who receives financial assistance from a HUD approved lender to carry out energy efficiency or renewable energy improvements to an existing home or other residential building of the homeowner in accordance with the HUD Power Saver Loan based on recommendations from the HOME ENERGY SCORE Tool

Program- The term ‘program’ means the Power Saver Loan Program under HUD

Qualified Financing Entity- The term ‘qualified financing entity’ means any entity approved by HUD under the Power Saver Loan Program

Qualified Loan Program Mechanism- The term ‘qualified loan program mechanism’ means a loan program that is:

Administered by HUD HUD funded: 

by funds provided for energy efficient retrofits

through the energy loan program of the Federal National Mortgage Association

(b) Establishment- The Secretary of Treasury shall establish a Home Energy Loan Program under which the Secretary of HUD shall make funds available to homeowners to support financial assistance provided by qualified financing entities for making, to existing homes, energy efficiency improvements that qualify under the HESQA Program (c) Eligibility of Qualified Financing Entities- To be eligible to participate in the program, a qualified financing entity shall: •

offer a financing product under which eligible participants may pay over time for the cost to the eligible homeowner based on the HOME ENERGY SCORE Tool Software

require all financed improvements to be performed by RESNET certified EnergySmart contractors in a manner that meets minimum standards, following local code requirements

establish standard underwriting criteria to determine the eligibility of program applicants

use standard underwriting criteria


14. SEC. 214. TAX CREDIT ELIGIBILITY (a) In General- Subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after section 25D the following new section: •

HOME ENERGY (SCORE !) TAX CREDITS In General- In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to $1000 for a HOME ENERGY SCORE of 5-7; and $3000 for a HOME ENERGY SCORE of 8-10 performed by a HESQA for the taxpayer during the taxable year Buyer of any single family residence purchased with a HOME ENERGY SCORE , performed by a HESQA will be eligible for a $2000 federal tax credit

(b) Accreditation Rule •

A HOME ENERGY SCORE shall not be treated as qualified unless such HOME ENERGY SCORE is conducted by a certified HESQA through the UM- Extension (b) Election Not To Claim CreditThis section shall not apply to a taxpayer for any taxable year if such taxpayer elects to have this section not apply for such taxable year

Election Not To Claim Credit- This section shall not apply to a taxpayer for any taxable year if such taxpayer elects to have this section not apply for such taxable year

Termination- This section shall not apply with respect to any costs paid or incurred after December 31, 2013

(c) Conforming Amendments•

Section 26(a) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting 25E, after 25D

The table of sections for subpart A of part IV of subchapter A chapter 1 of such Code is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 25D the following new item: Actual HOME ENERGY SCORE ! costs

15. SEC. 115. DETERMINATION OF RATING SYSTEM HOME ENERGY SCORE a) IN GENERAL- the HOME ENERGY SCORE of a residence shall be determined by an HESQA, certified by BPI, RESNET and the HESQA online training program at the UM-Extension, using the Scoring Tool, developed by LBNL.


(b) REGULATIONS- Not later than December 31, 2012, in consultation with the President, the Secretary of Energy shall prescribe regulations which specify the costs with respect to energy improvements which may be taken into account under this paragraph as part of a qualified home energy efficiency retrofit for further tax credits (c) Home Energy HOME ENERGY SCORE - For purposes of this section: •

IN GENERAL- the rating system HOME ENERGY SCORE shall be the HOME ENERGY SCORE assigned under the Scoring Tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Wounded Warrior Act allows jobs creation nationwide for military personnel returning from war, including wounded warriors in all branches of the military. It creates jobs in manufacturing for energy efficient items which are mainly made in America. The Wounded Warrior act allows for incarcerated individuals to get a second chance, with oversight through the U.S. Department of Justice. The Wounded Warrior Act does not cost the taxpayers any money, as it is “voluntary” through homeowners. It increases federal tax revenue, education in energy efficiency, lowers utility bills and adds value to the homes across America, (based on the recent CA model – 8% increase in value)

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