March 29, 2012
Lead-certified contractors can now use 3M LeadCheck swabs to check for the presence of lead on drywall and plaster, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, it was only accepted for use on wood and ferrous metal surfaces under the lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule.
Now, according to EPA's website, there are two available options–the LeadCheck and D Lead test... more »
March 28, 2012
Following a two-hour stakeholder strategy session in February, the Department of Energy is making a number of changes in its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. Changes were announced recently in the DOE Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog.
Among the changes is a new requirement for participating vendors to report total R-5 sales from all sources. ... more »
March 28, 2012
The European Commission has fined nine European producers of window hardware a total of €86 million (about $114 million) for operating a cartel by which they agreed on common price increases in breach of EU antitrust rules. The collusion lasted from November 1999 to July 2007 and affected European buyers of windows throughout Europe, according to the commission.
The companies named are Roto... more »
March 9, 2012
Seeking revisions to the current lead-paint requirements established by the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association will be providing information to members of Congress members in support of new legislation introduced by by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). The bill would restore the "opt-out" provision removed from EPA's Lead Renovate, Repair... more »
March 9, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a summary of comments to its initial proposals for changes in the criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylight program. In a letter to stakeholders, the agency also released a revised timeline for changes to program requirements, setting a new January 2014 effective date for the new criteria.
EPA issued its initial proposals for new... more »
March 2, 2012
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has introduced a new bill that would restore the opt-out provision to the Lead Repair, Remodel and Paint rules established by Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation would also allow remodelers to correct paperwork errors without facing full penalties, provide an exemption for emergency renovations, and eliminate requirements for "hands-on"... more »
February 14, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to open verification testing for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylights program to all certification bodies. EPA will be modifying its partner commitments to remove the exclusive reference to the National Fenestration Rating Council, which aligns the window program with those for other Energy Star products, officials note.
Window,... more »
January 26, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to update the guiding principles documents of the overall Energy Star program. A letter went out to stakeholder yesterday seeking input.
"Over the past two years, significant and rapid changes to the Energy Star products program have been implemented," explains Ann Bailey, director of product labeling for the program. "Last... more »
January 9, 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy is organizing an interactive planning session for optimizing the progress of its High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. The focus of the webinar session, scheduled for February 2 at 2 p.m. EST, is to discuss future strategies for the program, organizers note.
Primary goals to be addressed include increasing the market share of high-performance windows... more »
November 30, 2011
A new bill that would provide tax incentives for home performance upgrades has been introduced by U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R‐Maine), Jeff Bingaman (D‐N.M.), and Dianne Feinstein (D‐Calif.). The “Cut Energy Bills at Home Act” would provide as much as a 30 percent tax credit–up to $5,000–for upgrades that reduce whole-home energy consumption.
The current... more »