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  • 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 »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final draft of its Version 6.0 specification for Energy Star windows, doors, and skylights. Among the noteworthy changes in the latest proposal is a revised implementation date, with the new criteria now set to take effect January 1, 2015, rather than early 2014, as previously planned.    Energy Star... more »
  • In an announcement covering all product categories within the Energy Star Most Efficient program, the Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to maintain most 2013 product criteria, including residential windows, through 2014. The only changes planned cover televisions. Climate Zone   U-factor SHGC Northern   ≤ 0.20 ≥ 0.20 North-Central   ≤ 0.20 ≤ 0.40... more »
  • 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 »