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Licensed contractors educated in seismic retrofits are the backbone of EBB’s success. California licensed general contractors (with license type A or B), you can help your clients protect their houses and gain valuable skills to help market your business by taking a free online FEMA Education Course to be eligible to join the EBB Contractor Directory.
Beginning with the 2019 EBB Program, Participating Homeowners will be required to hire a contractor listed on the EBB Contractor Directory or complete the EBB retrofit themselves.
EBB offers homeowners up to $3,000 in incentive funds towards seismic retrofits and they must select a contractor from the Contractor Directory to receive bids and begin their retrofit projects. As a licensed contractor, you can be added to the Directory by completing the free online FEMA education training.
In addition, once you complete the training, you can also receive an EBB FEMA-Trained logo to use on your website or in printed material in addition to EBB marketing materials, including yard signs and brochures.
EBB was created to provide incentives to California homeowners to seismically retrofit wood-frame residential structures. As an accommodation to individuals that may have some need to have a third-party representative complete the EBB Program Application, we provide the Registration Authorization Form.
The seismic retrofit includes adding anchor bolts and bracing in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation to improve the connection between the wooden framing and concrete foundation. Contractors experienced in seismic retrofitting, specifically with California Existing Building Code (CEBC) Chapter A3, 2010 Edition, are sought after for this work.
The program is limited to funding retrofit expenses that:
Contractors who want to join EBB and be part of the Contractor Directory must: