Know what? It looks like building an energy efficient, affordable, sustainable alternative home out of ISBU Shipping Containers is starting to look better and better all the time!
Has America finally accepted the idea that Corten Steel houses make sense?
(Which YOU can buy, RIGHT NOW, for $9.95, by hitting that “BUY MY NEW BOOK” button on the right hand side of the screen!)
Nope, my book isn’t the reason… yet.
The reason that building an ISBU home (be it a “Tiny House” or even a multi-container, multi-story Corten Steel Castle) is starting to look better is that ISBU homes are usually built out of your wallets and not with money out of some banking institution.
And that might just become a necessity.
Are you thinking about selling your house any time soon?
If you are… A look at H.R. 2454 (the Cap and Trade bill) might be in order.
Prepare yourself though, because you’re probably going to need medication after you read it.
Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, a home owner won’t be able to sell their home unless they retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of Act. H.R. 2454, the “Cap & Trade” bill.
This bill, passed by the House of Representatives (if also passed by the Senate), will be the largest tax increase anyone in America has ever experienced.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every family of four will be over $6,800 per year.
And… no one is going to be excluded from it.
And once the lower income families feel their wallets scream from the vice-like grip Congress seems to have on them… you can be sure that these voters will get a tax refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new “created” cost.
That translates to a shifting of the burden of this bill to the Middle Class families in America, who will have to pay even more… and since the rich and corporate America will surely dance out of the way… additional tax dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else in this vicious feeding frenzy.
And, that will be yet another stone placed squarely on the backs of American middle class families.
But wait, there’s more;
This bill (that apparently nobody in Congress has read) has a few more tricks up it’s sleeve.
How’s this one, for example;
A year from now the “average Joe” won’t be ABLE to sell their house. Yes, that’s what I said. You probably won’t be able to SELL your house.
Why not? Well, you’ll have to make all those upgrades to your house, FIRST. Only people with enough cash setting around to do that will be able to move their real estate.
But if YOU don’t you’re out of luck, No sale for you, buckwheat…
And if you live in a Mobile home or a pre-fab? Um… Too bad, You’re in the soup, too.
According to the bill, you’ll need to get permission from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell your house.
And, that’s not going to be easy to obtain, or cheap, either. You’ll have to get your house tested, to determine if it is up to “energy standards.” Once it’s tested, some government lackey will show up and tell you what you have to do to make it comply with the new bill, before you can even think about listing it with a Realtor.
It’s called “Modification and Retrofit Compliance of the Act provisions.”
In layman’s terms, you’ll have to upgrade your water and energy efficiency ratings to match the new requirements.
Once you’ve done all that (if you can afford to), you’re not out of the woods. You have to get re-inspected, so that your home can be “labeled” with a sticker or badge that will show that your property is in compliance. It’s like having an energy star rating on your air conditioner or refrigerator.
But, if your house isn’t up to snuff, guess what? You CAN’T sell it. And the EPA is going to be allowed to change the rules as they see it, raising the standards every year, beyond the baselines that the Act itself lays out as groundwork. So, if you can’t reach it now, next year the mark will be even higher.
The Energy czar appointed by Obama, the EPA Commissioner (that’s his title) will run this program under the guise of “the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”
And he has free rein to reinterpret the standards almost any way he wants, so that he can “act in the government’s best interests.” The “government’s” best interests.
When’s the last time you felt like a politician was acting in YOUR best interests?
And don’t let the loose language of the new standards in the bill fool you, They are intentionally set low, so that the bill will actually pass. Then, after it does, the EPA goon will just raise them up into the sky, to tower over us like Mt Everest.
The Act does already contains yearly increase requirements in energy efficiency for both private and commercial residences and buildings.
But, Mr EPA gets to do whatever he wants, and raise the bar until we get a nosebleed, if he wants to.
Look at Sect. 202:
The Building Retrofit Program mandates a national retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing homes across America.
IF you’re thinking about selling your house, you’d better do it soon. The Act does allow the government to give you a grant of a few thousand dollars to help out, but it also gives the States the right to decide who gets the grants. So, the state can set requirements to decide where that pool of money will be “best spent.” Uh oh…
What kind of requirements could they set? Well, how’s this for starters?
“You can’t have an income of more than $50K per year”
They could limit the value of those tt be sold using this money…
“Home selling price can’t be more than $125K”
And they could do anything else that they want to transfer the load to the same place it always seems to land… right on the neck of the middle class family.
That means that most families won’t get a penny of this grant money, and they will have to pay the entire cost of the retrofit out of their own pockets. And these pockets have already been picked pretty clean by the horrid economy and the housing roller-coaster that we can’t seem to get off of.
That’s more transfer of wealth, more “change you can believe in.”
The Stimulus, ObamaCare, and now this… I sure hope that we can survive all this “change”…
Stay tuned, because next time we’ll talk about Section 204:
“The Building Energy Performance Labeling Program.”