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 »
January 2, 2013
Building on existing regulations requiring that renovations of homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978 be performed by certified contractors using lead-safe work practices, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently in the process of developing certification, training, and work practice requirements for renovation, repair, and painting activities on public and commercial... more »
December 11, 2012
Part of the Behind the Scenes at Berkeley Lab series, a new video highlights research on Smart Windows underway at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Posted on YouTube, the video is designed to show the potential role windows can play in reducing energy consumption and energy costs, and improving lighting and heating conditions in buildings.
November 20, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent out a letter today announcing final recognition criteria for the Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 program for 11 product categories, including windows. Reflecting changes put forward in a second draft at the end of October, the final criteria include:
A U-factor ≤ 0.20 across all climate zones
SHGC ≥ 0.20 in the Northern Zone, SHGC ≤ 0.... more »
November 15, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined 16 firms for violating the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, according to a November 14 announcement. The 16 enforcement actions include 13 administrative settlements and three filed administrative complaints.
More than half of the firms cited were fined for failing to obtain firm certification prior to performing or... more »
November 7, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency is deploying a new product finder system, designed to provide consumers, partners, and interested third parties with greater access to Energy Star product information. The first phase of this launch includes clothes washers and cordless phones, with a full rollout for all types of products scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.
The product... more »
October 23, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency has released Draft 2 of proposed eligibility requirements for recognition of windows as Most Efficient under the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylights program. The new draft takes into consideration comments received in response to earlier draft requirements issued in September, reports Doug Anderson, EPA's project manager for the Energy Star windows... more »
October 2, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission has issued its revised “Green Guides,” designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive. First issued in 1992, the guides have been revised three times to take into account changes in the marketplace.
“The introduction of environmentally friendly products... more »
September 28, 2012
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the Environmental Protection Agency has postponed the lead paint rule for public and commercial buildings until July 1, 2015. The EPA also revised an August 2009 settlement agreement with some litigants to merge the interior and exterior Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule for commercial buildings and take final action by Jan. 1, 2017... more »
September 18, 2012
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is applauding the recent introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would restore 25C tax credits for energy efficient windows and other home improvements. The Home Energy Savings Act (H.R. 6398) was introduced by Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard Neal (D-Mass.), and would make the credit, which expired at the end of... more »