March 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing a new strategy to promote the use of wood as a green building material. "Wood has a vital role to play in meeting the growing demand for green building materials," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Forest Service studies show that wood compares favorably to competing materials."
The new plan includes the following parts... more »
March 29, 2011
Mathews Brothers Co. hosted Maine Senator Olympia Snowe last week, showing her its latest technology in highly-insulating window products. Also invited was Rich Walker, president and CEO of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, who helped make the case for strengthening tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors.
Sen. Snowe serves as the ranking member of the Committee on... more »
March 17, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a new "top tier" Energy Star program designed to identify and advance highly efficient products in the marketplace. EPA is gearing up a pilot program for clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator‐freezers.
In a letter to stakeholders, Ann Bailey, director of Energy Star Product Labeling... more »
February 18, 2011
In response to a January Executive Order issued by President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public input on how best to review its regulations. In seeking input, EPA said it would provide its retrospective review plan, as well an initial list of regulations it plans to review in late May.
"EPA shares President Obama’s commitment to using common sense and... more »
February 17, 2011
Widely known as the "R-5 Windows" program, the Department of Energy is changing the name of the initiative to the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program. That change reflects a broadened scope that accommodates not only residential windows and patio doors, but commercial and architectural products as well.
Designed to increase availability and demand for more energy efficient... more »
February 16, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program is offering a free Webinar on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern titled "Residential Building Energy Codes–IECC 2012 and Beyond."
The program will look at the major changes in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code from the 2009 IECC. The Webinar program will also provide an overview of... more »
February 3, 2011
Speaking at Pennsylvania State University today, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative, a new program designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade. The President also stressed his continued commitment to passing HomeStar legislation to encourage residential energy saving upgrades.
According to the White House, the... more »
January 11, 2011
Announcing the close of the comment period for Phase II of its windows volume purchase program, the Department of Energy is finalizing plans to move forward and open up participation to more manufacturers and suppliers of R-5 products. Final specifications and a request for proposals will available on or around January 21 at DOE's Web site for the program.
Responses to the RFP will be due... more »
January 10, 2011
The National Glass Association and Window & Door Dealers Alliance responded recently to a House Republican's request for details on "existing and proposed federal regulations that negatively impact the economy and jobs." A letter written by Phil James, president and CEO of both organizations, urged the Congressman to look closely at current and pending Environmental... more »
January 7, 2011
Maryland-based vinyl window manufacturer Thompson Creek Window Co. hosted President Barack Obama today for a tour of its facility with Rick Wuest, CEO and president. The company served as a backdrop for the President to discuss the latest unemployment statistics and announce several White House appointments.
The President gets a first-hand look at window assembly operations at... more »