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Register Oct. 9 through Nov 13 to be eligible for $3,000 seismic rebate

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 03, 2018) - Sign up starting October 9 for a chance at a $3,000 rebate for seismic upgrades to your home's foundation to lessen the potential of damage from earthquakes.

Property owners must register online or by calling (877) 232-4300 starting October 9th and by November 13, 2018. The program is open to owner-occupied single-family residences and small multifamily buildings (1-4 units) in Berkeley and other eligible zip codes. Qualifying applicants will be entered into a lottery for the funding.

You can learn more at a community workshop

Earthquake Brace + Bolt Workshop
October 10, 2018, 7pm
Berkeley Fire Training Headquarters
997 Cedar Street

At the workshop, you'll hear from the following:

  • Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer of California Earthquake Authority, will speak about the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program's $3,000 rebates and earthquake risk as well as myths and tips about earthquake insurance.
  • David Lopez, Assistant Building Official for the City of Berkeley, will answer questions about permitting seismic retrofits.
  • Berkeley residents who have already benefitted from seismic upgrades to their homes and Earthquake Brace + Bolt rebates will share their experiences. 

Incentives from the California Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program help pay for seismic upgrades to houses most vulnerable to severe damage -- pre-1980, wood-framed houses with a raised foundations that may have unbraced "cripple walls," the short wood-framed wall surrounding the crawl space under the first floor. Bolting houses to their foundations and bracing the cripple walls helps prevent homes from sliding and collapsing during an earthquake.

Since March 2016, over 250 Berkeley homeowners received Earthquake Brace + Bolt rebates, bringing over $750,000 in state funding to Berkeley residents, while increasing the resilience of our community.

In addition to the state's Earthquake Brace + Bolt   rebates, homeowners in Berkeley can get a rebate on transfer taxes for seismic improvements made within a year of purchase. Commercial, multifamily and residential property owners can also use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to borrow money for seismic improvements, with no upfront costs and payback over time on their property bills. See the City of Berkeley's Seismic Safety Information and Programs for additional resources. 

Apply from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13, 2018 for a chance at the $3,000 rebate and improve the safety of your home.



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