Insulation Makers Launch Lobbying Group

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com


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Las Vegas, Nev. —
January 20, 2010 —
Insulation industry leaders launched the Council of
the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association at the International
Builders Show today as a new organization created to provide a unified, focused
voice for the industry in legislative policy debates, according to a news
release from the group.

 

“The Council of NAIMA will
advocate for policies and programs that mandate, encourage, and incentivize
increased energy efficiency in new and existing residential and commercial
buildings and industrial applications,” including the proposed Home Star or
“Cash for Caulkers” program, the release states.

 

 “With the Obama Administration and
Congress focused on energy policy, climate policy, and job creation, we believe
the time is right for our industry to unite and educate policy-makers about how
insulation can address each of these issues and make positive contributions to
the country’s future,” said Jeffrey Brisley, Chairman of the Council’s
Organizing Committee and Senior Vice President for Sales & Business
Development at Knauf Insulation.

 

Membership is open to thermal and
acoustical insulation manufacturers – regardless of insulation product type –
and their suppliers located in North America.
It is a voluntary group that will operate independently of the North American
Insulation Manufacturers Association.

 

“If policy-makers want to create
good jobs and support products made right here in the United
States
while increasing the energy efficiency
of the nation’s building stock, increased funding for insulation installation is
the quickest, simplest way,” said NAIMA President and CEO Kate Offringa, who
will direct the council’s day-to-day operations.

 

“We are engaging immediately in
relevant policy debates, including the effort to pass the President’s proposed
Home Star or ‘Cash-for-Caulkers’ program in a jobs bill and to move energy
efficiency provisions forward in any energy and climate legislation,” Offringa
added.

 

More information about the
Council of NAIMA can be found on the group’s Web site at www.naima.org/council.

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