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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The document is designed to provide guidance the home energy industry the ability to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits or remodeling. "These protocols will help the home energy retrofit industry deliver high quality work while... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has improved and updated its search tool, allowing the public to search for firms certifed under the lead renovation, repair and painting rules. Users can search by company name, as well as by location. "EPA-certified firms should encourage their potential customers to use this search tool to check the certification status of firms they are considering... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week this week to raise awareness of lead poisoning in children. For children, even low levels of exposure to lead can cause a host of developmental effects such as learning disabilities, decreased intelligence and speech, language, and behavioral problems, which can affect children for a lifetime, the... more »
  • Seeking industry comments and discussion, the Environnmental Protection Agency has released new criteria it is considering for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. The proposals, which would take effect in fall 2013, include a maximum U-factor requirement as low as 0.25 for Northern climate zone windows.   According to the Energy Star Windows, Doors, and Skylights... more »