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  • The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying enforcement of the certification requirements of the lead renovation, repair and painting rule that went into effect in April. The move comes in response to concerns "raised by the regulated community regarding difficulties experienced in obtaining the rule required firm certification and renovation worker training," according to a memo... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to stakeholders Monday announcing that is beginning a criteria revision for windows, doors, and skylights. During this process, EPA is inviting industry input, as well as updating research from the last criteria revision, which took place between June 2007 and April 2009, leading to the establishment of the current Energy Star criteria, which... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is applauding passage of legislation in the House last week that would replace the .30/.30 standard to qualify for a $1,500 tax credit with the 2010 Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights. The legislation was included as part of the tax extenders bill, which passed by a vote of 215 to 206, and must now go back to the Senate for final... more »
  • With an official progam launch taking place at the National Association of Home Builders headquarters in Washington, D.C. yesterday, the Web site featuring manufacturers accepted in the U.S. Department of Energy's Highly-Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program is now live.  With links to more than 30 manufacturers, the site is designed to provide builders... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a kick-off event tomorrow for the Highly Efficient (R-5) Windows Volume Purchase Program. In addition, the Web site page with window products that can be purchased under the program is scheduled to go live tomorrow as well. Co-hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and NAHB, the kick-off will include presentations from the Community... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and its members are voicing support for new legislation that would delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Although the new rule took effect on April 22, a new House bill (H.R. 5177) introduced April 29 would postpone implementation until accreditation classes are held for a... more »
  • The U.S. House of Representative passed the the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019) yesterday by a vote of 246 to 161. The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) would provide temporary rebates to homeowners to refit, renovate and insulate their homes, while putting 170,000 Americans to work. With program incentives directly targeted at windows, doors... more »
  • In addition to eliminating the opt-out provision, the Environmental Protection Agency has changed the record-keeping requirements associated with its new lead paint rule, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI sent out an alert today noting that companies doing work covered under the Remodeling, Repair and Painting Rule must give copies of their records within 30... more »
  • With the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule going into effect yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially announced the elimination of the "opt-out" provision today.  It also announced plans to add "dust wipe" testing requirements and its "intention to regulate renovations on the exteriors of public and commercial buildings." According... more »
  • With two days to go before new lead paint rules for remodeling go into effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Ad Council today to launch a national public service advertising campaign "to educate parents about the dangers of lead poisoning." The campaign... more »