WDMA Calls on EPA to Address Concerns about Proposed Energy Star Version 6.0

Window & Door
March 4, 2013

In response to the EPA's announcement that it is seeking additional comments on proposed draft Energy Star Version 6.0 criteria for skylights, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association is calling on the agency to address additional concerns the industry has about the skylight criteria, the proposed window and door criteria, and the overall direction of the Energy Star program.

"[The EPA's action] proposing some changes to the skylight criteria is a good first step toward addressing our concerns about product feasibility, availability and cost effectiveness for consumers, but we are still disappointed EPA has not addressed them fully, nor has it provided an explanation why," says WDMA President Michael O'Brien. "It is also still uncertain how EPA will respond to the same concerns raised by WDMA for proposed window and door specifications currently under consideration by the agency."

WDMA believes the latest revisions make the qualification criteria for skylights more reasonable for much of the country, but that they still fall short and should be improved further.

Comments on the revised criteria are due to the EPA by Friday, March 8, to windows@energystar.gov.