The "Bacon" Bites Back!

Unions in Nevada, have thrown down the gauntlet, ...The Davis-Bacon act. State of Nevada Weatherization agencies and their contractors have tried to skirt the prevailing wage issue, but not so fast!
The Nevada AFL-CIO contends that the Nevada Housing Division is not complying with a new state law that requires contractors doing stimulus-funded weatherization work to pay prevailing wage, offer health insurance and hire half of the workers from a training program that has not yet begun.
Actually, this is true.
Prevailing wage is determined by the state labor commissioner and is often close to the union wage in an area.

State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasuer Danny Thompson said the dispute is not a conflict between labor and management. It's about the reluctance of the housing division to follow the law.

"I have got people trained who could do the work if the housing division let them, and not just union workers," Thompson said. "This is not a union, nonunion issue."

Dianne Cornwall, director of the state Department of Business and Industry, said she can't understand why the union wants a restraining order to block the start of $10.4 million in "weatherization" projects.

The state risks losing the money if it's not spent.$$$$$$

Hmmmm??? Wonder how this will play out.

Radiant Barrier Study from the Smokey Mountains

Appalachian State University Study Quantifies Benefits of Radiant Barrier
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The Energy Center of Appalachian State University (ASU) today announced the results of a case study to measure
the benefits of adding radiant barrier in home attics.

Key findings of the study include:

-- A 23-degree drop in the peak attic temperature occurred in a home
outfitted with radiant heat barrier versus a similar home without the
-- A 20 percent reduction in the run-time of the air conditioning unit
during the seven hours of peak attic temperatures; and

-- The radiant barrier improved the efficiency of cooled air delivered
through the air ducts by 57 percent during this period.

"This particular study showed the installation of a radiant barrier in an attic can make it easier for your air conditioner
to do its job in the summer heat," said Jeff Tiller, P.E., Appalachian State University. "That translates to lower electricity
usage, which also impacts the carbon footprint of homes."

The study was conducted in the summer of 2008 by an ASU team led by Tiller, chair of the ASU Technology Department, and
Bruce Davis, Building Research Scientist at the ASU Energy Center. The study was funded by a U.S. Department of Energy
Building America grant provided through the North Carolina Energy Office. The research team utilized two side-by-side,
four-bedroom model homes built by Centex Homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. A total of 61 sensors were installed inside
and outside of the homes to gather data.

"Radiant barriers are a key feature of our Centex Energy Advantage suite of energy efficiency features," said Clayton Traylor
who heads environmental affairs for Centex. "We're very pleased that this study validates the significant energy saving benefits
our customers can expect from owning a Centex Energy Advantage home."

"We're pleased to have been able to work with Centex on this project. They strongly believe in the value of research
to make decisions that help achieve energy efficiency gains - not just in the building phase of the home, but over its
entire operating life," added Bruce Davis.

Centex began building its homes with radiant barrier roof decking in January of 2009 as part of its
Centex Energy Advantage suite of energy-efficient features.* Centex sold 2,843 homes in the quarter
ended March 31, 2009. Homes with Centex Energy Advantage features have been shown to have an overall
energy efficiency gain of up to 22 percent over comparable homes built to the most widely used energy
efficiency code, according to the NAHB Research Center
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