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  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined G.D. Friend Inc. $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California. The company installs energy efficient home improvement products, such as windows and siding under the operation Everlast Home Energy Solutions. An EPA inspection... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation to help business owners better understand the concept of joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. In July 2015, the National Labor Relations Board significantly expanded risk for companies that subcontract employees to be considered a “... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a change to the refresher training for renovators currently required under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Specifically, EPA will allow renovators to take a refresher course without mandatory hands-on training, such as online courses, once every other recertification instead of every time, the Window & Door Manufacturers... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced an opportunity for up to $30 million in funding for a new program focused on improving the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. ARPA-E’s single-pane highly insulating efficient lucid designs (SHIELD) program seeks to reduce heat-loss for improved building efficiency by developing... more »
  • The California Statewide Codes & Standards Program updated the 2013 version of its Reference Ace Tool, designed to help users navigate the Title 24, Part 6 Standards documents. As before, keyword search capabilities and hyperlinks to allow users to jump directly to related sections, designed to make using the Standards documents easier. This new version links the relevant sections of the... more »
  • The U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on May 15 that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. This legislation was the key focus of a recent Window and Door Manufacturers Association... more »
  • Roto Frank of America and Connecticut State Senator Art Linares worked together to develop legislation that will help ensure the safety of children throughout the state, the company reports. Sen. Linares (33rd District), was prompted to introduce SB169: An Act Concerning Public Housing and Child Safe Windows during a tour to Roto Frank of America in Chester, Conn. The tour coincided with National... more »
  • The Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will fund the creation of a program to rate and certify the performance of fenestration attachments. The BTO is encouraging funding applicants to begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of funding becoming available. The funding opportunity is open to applicants in the following areas:... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Final Draft Version 6.0 Energy Star Specification for Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights, as well as several comment response documents, on July 31. The EPA received a request for additional information related to skylight availability and cost at the proposed draft, and has provided a response. Some stakeholders also requested... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for the Final Draft Version 6.0 Energy Star Specification for Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights to Friday, September 6. Released July 31, the final draft contains noteworthy changes, including a revised implementation date of January 1, 2015. The comment period extension is in response to stakeholders' request for... more »