April 22, 2013
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 »
April 18, 2013
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 »
March 14, 2013
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 »
March 12, 2013
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 »
March 7, 2013
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 »
March 5, 2013
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency released Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0, scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014. There are several program elements under review, in addition to tighter U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients. At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Annual Conference in Tucson last week, AAMA reviewed its draft... more »
March 2, 2013
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association Regulatory Affairs Committee is actively monitoring a host of government codes and regulations on behalf of its members. The following items were reviewed at the association’s 76th Annual Conference in Tucson, March 24-27, 2013. For a full list and more details on the topics below, please contact AAMA.
The RAC report included an... more »
February 26, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking stakeholder comments on the revised skylight criteria for the proposed Version 6.0 Energy Star Specification, according to a Feb. 25 letter. Comments on the revised criteria are due by Friday, March 8, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several stakeholders initially raised concerns during the Draft 1 comment response period regarding changes in test results... more »
January 20, 2013
To increase lead safety and awareness of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, the Environmental Protection Agency began mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors in target areas, including states that lack an EPA-authorized RRP program and have significant amounts of older housing. According to an email update issued by EPA's Doreen Cantor Paster, the goal... more »
January 15, 2013
Passed at the beginning of the new year to avoid tax increases for most Americans, as well as siginificant, across-the-board spending cuts, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is bringing back energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. Specifically, the bill reinstates the 25c tax credits that expired at the end of 2011 and extends them through the end of 2013.... more »