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Lake County Contractors Approved for Weatherization Projects

RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2011

**The following information was provided by Lake-Sumter Community College**

LEESBURG - Lake County contractors successfully completed a two-day training program on Aug. 1 and 2 titled Florida Workmanship Standards.  The course was designed to qualify the ten participants to bid for projects awarded under the Florida Weatherization Assistance Program.  Presented by Lake-Sumter Community College, in partnership with Lake Community Action Agency, the WAP is part of Lake County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant project. 
The Weatherization Assistance Program was created by the state’s Division of Housing and Community Development with the goal to reduce the monthly energy burden on low-income households.  The Florida Workmanship Standards course was the third in a series of Lake County educational initiatives designed to promote energy efficiency in construction and retrofit projects, while providing a pathway to energy-related jobs for Lake County’s workforce.
Contractors focused on the various tasks they may encounter during a weatherization job, along with proper health and safety standards and lead-safe practices for jobsite workers and homeowners.  Topics included building codes and permitting procedures, as well as key aspects of worker safety such as carbon monoxide detection and mitigation, lead paint and asbestos handing, and mold and moisture remediation.  Course priorities also included the latest energy-efficient standards involving air sealing, attic and floor insulation, dense pack sidewalls, solar window screens and film, smart thermostats, lighting issues, refrigerators, duct insulation, heating and cooling systems and water heaters.

Sustainability Planner and EECBG Grant Manager for the Lake County Board of County Commissioners Lori Barnes expressed appreciation to the contractors and stated, “It is absolutely crucial that our local workforce be trained and ready to handle these types of projects, especially those that are related directly related to the county’s goals for energy savings.  The readiness of our workforce to handle these types of projects on behalf of our eligible homeowners is a prime ingredient in serving the needs of our residents.”
For information on Lake County’s EECBG grant, contact Lori Barnes at 352-343-9503 or email lbarnes@lakecountyfl.gov.  For information on Florida’s Weatherization Assistance Program, contact Michael Roberson at 352-602-4488 or email michaelr@lakecaa.org.


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