What Do You Think of the Proposed Energy Star Criteria?
We knew the day was coming—the Environmental Protection Agency recently released its draft proposal for the future of the Energy Star program for windows, doors and skylights last week. With a plan that calls for changes to take effect in January 2014, the draft includes U-factor requirements that may lessen the need for manufacturers to pursue triple-glazed products to carry the Energy Star label.
After you have a moment to digest the proposal, let me know what you think. Are the changes reasonable, given that many companies in the industry are still recovering from the worst economic downturn in modern times? Should the numbers be more stringent? What do you think of the new air leakage and installation instruction requirements?
We certainly encourage you to provide your feedback to the EPA before the comment period expires in late September. But let us know what your gut reaction is by posting a comment or sending me an email. Did the proposed Energy Star draft get it right?
Survey Results as of 08/07/2012:
What do you think of EPA's 2014 Energy Star proposals?
They should have been more stringent
They are too stringent
They are just about right
A bit of a surprise, quite frankly, that our poll results suggest much of the industry thinks the proposed 2014 Energy Star criteria should be tougher. My guess is that much of this contingent has already reached or taken steps to get to the Department of Energy R-5 performance goal for windows, as well as investing in marketing efforts touting that level of energy efficiency.
The poll may not accurately reflect the actual mix of opinion within the industry on this issue, but the results suggest that if and when EPA moves to add a "Most Efficient" designation to the Energy Star windows program, many companies will be ready to get there.