May 29, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed two rules related to formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. The proposals align, where practical, with the requirements for composite wood products set by the California Air Resources Board, putting in place national standards for companies that manufacture or import... more »
May 28, 2013
Several industry organizations are applauding the introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Introduced last week by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and backed by 21 original co-sponsors, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 2093) would restore the opt-out provision to... more »
May 2, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency announced enforcement actions against 17 more companies for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule today. Violations included failure to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, failure to provide lead hazard information to home or building owners, and failure to follow... more »
April 22, 2013
The Energy Star program has released its list of windows that have qualified for the Most Efficient 2013 designation. More than 30 manufacturers have product lines meeting the criteria for the new program, designed to recognize the highest-performing residential windows available on the market.
Criteria for the Most Efficient program are significantly more stringent than Energy Star. ... more »
April 18, 2013
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is applauding a bipartisan group of 23 members of Congress who have requested that the Obama Administration "reexamine the proposed Energy Star specifications for windows, doors, and skylights to ensure that they are consistent with the guiding principles of the program."
Currently being finalized by the Environmental... more »
March 14, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it needs additional time to review and respond to the comments received on the Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 Draft 2 specification and revised skylight criteria. A revised timeline is not yet available, but EPA plans to keep stakeholders informed of its process on the criteria revision, according to a letter from Doug... more »
March 12, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, aimed at reducing the burdens placed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on homebuilders and remodelers.
“Currently, the EPA requires contractors to follow extensive safety... more »
March 7, 2013
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association commends the introduction of legislation last night in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to reduce the burden the regulation has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards, according to a March 7 WDMA release.... more »
March 5, 2013
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency released Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0, scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014. There are several program elements under review, in addition to tighter U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients. At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Annual Conference in Tucson last week, AAMA reviewed its draft... more »
March 2, 2013
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association Regulatory Affairs Committee is actively monitoring a host of government codes and regulations on behalf of its members. The following items were reviewed at the association’s 76th Annual Conference in Tucson, March 24-27, 2013. For a full list and more details on the topics below, please contact AAMA.
The RAC report included an... more »