Are You Ready for New Energy Star Criteria?
There's still a transitional phase to go through, but with the new year, new criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights quietly went into effect last week. A lot of companies, no doubt, have invested a lot of time and money into making sure their products could carry the new label. There's probably still work being done, too.
For our poll question this week, I thought I'd see where the industry is at with the new criteria. I also want to hear from you.
Personally, I've been wondering, given the focus on the .30/.30 energy efficient tax credit criteria and now DOE efforts to increase demand for R-5 windows, is the Energy Star label almost in danger of becoming an afterthought? I certainly haven't many press releases from manufacturers saying, "Our products meet the new 2010 Energy Star criteria."
Is Energy Star taking a temporary backseat to tax credit requirements? Does legislation tying tax credits to Energy Star have a chance? Is this just a temporary lull and will the EPA, which is taking control of the program from DOE, come roaring back with a new set of criteria? Where do you see Energy Star going? Where do you think it should go? Email me and share your thoughts.