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  • Paul Holland, a venture capitalist backer of Serious Materials, joined President Barack Obama today for a White House press briefing to support government budget proposals encouraging more investment in clean energy research and development. In outlining the potential benefits of such programs, the President highlighted Serious' re-opening of the former Kensington Windows plant in... more »
  • The Department of Energy issued its revised 2010 draft criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. In its full report, DOE officials state that changes were made from previous proposals based on industry feedback, the new tax credit requirements set forth in the stimulus package and the final window performance requirements established by the 2009 International Energy... more »
  • Speaking at this week's National Fenestration Rating Council meeting, Rich Karney of the U.S. Department of Energy told attendees he intends to release the new Energy Star criteria for comment on March 10. Karney, who is DOE's program manager for Energy Star, also said final criteria will be issued no later than April 3rd for implementation on January 1, 2010, according to NFRC News Now. ... more »
  • The $789 billion compromise stimulus bill negotiated by House and Senate leaders could boost window and door sales. Passed by both Houses of Congress and signed yesterday by President Obama, the package substantially increases the value of tax credits provided for energy efficient home improvements, including windows and doors. According to a statement released by Speaker of the House Nancy... more »
  • After extensive meetings with members and industry affiliates, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association have issued a letter providing additional feedback on the most recent proposed Energy Star program criteria as they relate to fenestration products. "It is our intention to collaborate with the Department of Energy to... more »
  • The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the $700 billion bail-out bill passed earlier this month, includes provisions bringing back the 2006 and 2007 tax credits for energy efficient improvements in 2009. Additionally, the new law extends the deductions builders can take for improvements in new homes through 2009 and the deduction for energy-efficient... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has released its Energy Star Windows, Doors, and Skylights Draft Criteria and Analysis, which outlines a two phase approach to tighten requirements to carry the label. Pending a stakeholder meeting scheduled for August 13th and one additional month to accept further public comment, the final numbers will be determined this fall with August 3, 2009 said to be the... more »
  • California on July 17 became the first state to enact a green building code, aiming to increase energy efficiency and reduce water consumption in all construction throughout the state. The new standards include provisions which will increase the stringency of existing statewide energy standards by 20 percent. “Once again California is leading the nation and the world in emissions... more »
  • The Department of Energy has released its preliminary U-factor and SHGC requirements for swinging doors and skylights to qualify for the Energy Star label. The proposed numbers, including new requirements for 2009, 2013 and 2016, are based on DOE’s initial analysis of technical and cost information. DOE has also set August 13th as the new date for its Stakeholder Meeting in Washington, D.C... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Monday that it would delay release of its proposed criteria changes for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylight program. DOE had planned to issue its proposals for new, more stringent requirements in early March, but now states it will wait until May. In a letter to stakeholders, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, said the timeline had... more »