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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • A new bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced by Reps. David McKinley (R-W.V.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in the House of Representatives is designed is designed to help create jobs, save homeowners money and benefit the environment.  The Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act would offer rebates to homeowners who invest in whole-house energy efficiency improvements. The... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »