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  • 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 »
  • A new U.S. Forest Service study indicated that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, according to a recent announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. A review of the science suggests that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "... more »
  • The vinyl industry has submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations for PVC manufacturing, but urging the agency to ensure the final rule better reflects the diversity and variability of the industry that makes a broad range of products, the Vinyl Institute reports. MACT rules are written under the Clean Air... more »
  • A national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills was launched today by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ad Council. Created pro bono by Texas-based advertising agency GSD&M, the public service advertisements direct homeowners to the Energy Savers website, where they can find tools and information to help them make their homes more efficient. The... more »