August 20, 2012
A new voluntary certification process for "zero net energy ready homes" is being developed by the Department of Energy's Challenge Home program and the Passive House Institute US. The program is designed to provide a way for builders to identify "homes that are so energy-efficient, they can offset most or all of their utility bills with a small renewable energy system."
DOE's... more »
August 13, 2012
Following up on the release of its 2014 criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights, the Environmental Protection Agency has set the time for its in-person stakeholder meeting and the concurrent webinar. The event is scheduled for Monday, August 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
Organizers have also put together a draft agenda for the meeting. Discussions will... more »
August 1, 2012
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency's own Office of the Inspector General recommends that EPA should "reexamine the costs and benefits of the 2008 Lead Rule and the 2010 amendment to determine whether the rule should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed." The document states that EPA "used limited data to develop its cost and benefit estimates,"... more »
July 26, 2012
Taking the next step to finalizing new criteria for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued its Version 6.0 Draft 1 Specification, along with an in-depth criteria and analysis report. With a tentative effective date of January 1, 2014, the new proposed criteria include a maximum U-factor of 0.27 for the Northern climate zone, a move likely to... more »
July 10, 2012
Bloomington, Minn.–The U.S. Department of Energy will spend significantly less on window technology research, officials reported at a Window Technology Roadmap Workshop held following the Window and Door Manufacturers Association Technical Conference, during the last week in June. The session, which featured updates on DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy office activities related... more »
July 9, 2012
The Department of Energy's Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program is hosting a window attachments technical analysis workshop next week at the Holiday Inn Washington National Airport. The purpose of the meeting, scheduled for July 16-17, is to work with key stakeholders to identify what is needed and what is available to properly characterize window attachment performance.
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June 27, 2012
The House Appropriations Committee has once again voted to adopt an amendment to the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 budget which would prohibit the agency from enforcing its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule until the agency approves a reliable lead test kit as mandated by the agency's own rule. The bill, supported by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, the... more »
June 8, 2012
Reps. John Sullivan (R-Okla.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and a bipartisan list of co-sponsors introduced legislation yesterday that would restore the opt-out provision to the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Repair, Renovation and Painting rule. H.R. 5911, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, is similar to legislation introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. James Inhofe (... more »
May 1, 2012
The Department of Energy is hosting two windows technologies "roadmapping workshops" in June. The sessions are designed to provide updates on DOE building envelope research projects and discuss future goals and priorities for its Building Envelope R&D Program.
The first workshop is planned for June 26 at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio-Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Scheduled for 1 p.m... more »
April 5, 2012
Two window companies have been fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and other lead rules. The agency has also fined a rental property owner in a previously-reported case in Maine.
On March 20, Valiant Home Remodelers, a New Jersey window and siding company, agreed to pay $1,500 to resolve violations of the RRP rule... more »