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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »