On February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law. Among the many areas the legislation addresses, ARRA 2009 includes allocations for the construction and renovation of Federal and State buildings. This funding is available for new construction projects, renovations, repairs and sustainability upgrades.
While many executive agencies received funding under this package, agency funding that is most directly related to the built environment includes:
The General Services Administration (GSA) will administer $5.5 billion for new construction, renovation, repair and sustainability upgrades at federal office buildings and post offices across the country.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development was provided $4 billion for the energy-efficiency modernization and renovation of public housing facilities.
The military is planning to spend $5.9 billion on 3,000 construction and renovation projects, including military hospitals, housing and child development centers.
Understanding ARRA Requirements
ARRA imposes specific requirements on the origin of materials and goods used in projects receiving stimulus money. Section 1605 specifically states that no funds appropriated by the Act may be used for a public buildings/works project unless "all iron, steel and manufactured goods used...are produced in the U.S." This provision is often referred to as the Buy American provision. For public works projects with a total contract price less than $7.4 million, any manufactured good must comply with the requirement unless its use would increase the total project cost by 25%. As far as what constitutes U.S. manufacture, ARRA looks to provisions from the Trade Agreement Act (TAA) that define a U.S. manufactured product as wholly grown, produced or manufactured in the United States or a designated country, or substantially transformed in the United States. This "substantial transformation" test focuses on where, or in which country, the product took on its essential character or form.
While a preference is expressed for U.S.-made goods for use in larger projects, these projects may also use goods manufactured in specific foreign countries signatory to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement.
Identifying Legrand Products
Throughout this website, we've made it easy for you to identify the Legrand products that are Buy American Act compliant. Any products that are manufactured in the United States or in a Trade Agreement Act country will display the Buy American Act logo in the bottom right hand corner of the Product Overview tab. Additional details including Country of Origin, Buy American Act Status, and any notations, are included on the Specifications tab. See the pictures below for where to find this information.
Have any questions about eligible products or need more information? Call 877.BY.LEGRAND.