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Bureau of Weatherization:
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Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federal grant program established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income persons, particularly the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The WAP has developed from a program that stressed low cost, temporary measures installed by volunteers, to a program that uses trained crews and contractors to install permanent cost effective measures that address both the building shell and the heating and cooling systems in the dwelling.

The installation of energy efficiency measures for each dwelling is based on a computerized energy audit which determines the cost effectiveness of each measure. Energy efficiency measures include high density wall and attic insulation and blower door - guided infiltration reduction. Because the weatherization procedures result in "tightening" homes, indoor air quality and other client health and safety issues are also addressed. Health and safety measures include safety checks of all combustion appliances.

Besides the obvious benefit of conserving energy, the Iowa WAP also provides other benefits to Iowa and its residents. The program results in millions of dollars of additional value added to the Iowa economy. The program also mitigates certain health and safety problems in the client's homes, maintains affordable housing for low-income persons, reduces utility averages, and reduces environmental pollution.

2014 State Plan

The Division of Community Action Agencies will conduct a public hearing on the 2014 Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan May 1, 2014.  The hearing will be held at noon in the Room 208 of the Lucas State Office Building 321 E. 12th St., Des Moines, Iowa.

Copies of the proposed state plan are available at the Division of Community Action Agencies, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

Comments may be submitted in writing or by oral presentation.  Written comments must be submitted to the Division of Community Action Agencies no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 30, 2014.  Oral comments should be accompanied by a written statement.  Those who register in advance to make oral comments will be heard first or at a reserved time.  Others wishing to speak will be heard, if time permits.  Register to make an oral presentation with the Division of Community Action Agencies at the Lucas State Office Building address, ATTN: Gwen Howe or by calling 515-281-3988.

Comments received will be considered before the state plan is submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy for its approval.

2014 State Plan Public Notice

2014 State Plan Draft


For more information, see below or visit the following sites:

Weatherization Assistance Program

U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program


Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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