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  • Compromise tax legislation extending the Bush tax cuts released last week includes a significantly reduced tax credit for windows, doors and skylights for 2011, according to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. The draft of the bill the Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday calls for a 10 percent tax credit of up to $200 for Energy Star-qualified windows and skylights and a 10... more »
  • Tax credits for energy efficient home upgrades are part of the agreement reached between Congressional Republicans and President Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts, reports David Walker, vice president of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance. Based on conversations with Senate staff members supporting such measures, he says, “there is reason for optimism," but no guarantee... more »
  • A number of window, door and skylight executives sent a joint letter yesterday to all members of Congress urging them to pass a temporary extension of the energy efficient tax credit for windows, doors and skylights during the current lame duck session. Without an extension, the tax credit will sunset on December 31. The letter states that the current credit has spurred consumer purchases that... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has indicated it plans to promote swift adoption of the 2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, saying it makes "historic strides" for increased energy efficiency in residential and commercial building. Approved by the International Code Council at the end of October, the 2012 IECC is expected to meet DOE's goal of achieving 30 percent... more »
  • Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today at a White House Middle Class Task Force event to  launch the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score is designed to offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency.     The new DOE Home Energy Score report is said to provide... more »
  • As part of the effort to boost demand for high-performance windows, the Department of Energy is hosting two regional workshops this month for the R-5 Windows/Low-E Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program.  Both are targeted to builders, contractors, public housing authorities, weatherization agencies and others, as well as window manufacturer partners. The Pacific Northwest workshop is... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are seeking feedback on a proposed new program to identify and advance highly efficient ("super star") products in the marketplace.  This effort–an extension of the Energy Star brand–would be targeted at "early adopters," officials state. EPA and DOE announced the potential for a "super star... more »
  • U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) aned Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) have joined together to release draft legislation that would extend  residential energy efficiency tax credits for two years.  The draft raises the maximum credit to $3,000, but establishes different criteria for windows than the .30/.30 requirements for tax credits set to expire at the end of the year.  The draft... more »
  • Free digital copies of the International Code Council’s 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) can now be downloaded at: www.iccsafe.org/FreeIECC. Tthe U.S. Department of Energy is funding the free downloads as part of its initiative to meet nationwide energy-efficiency goals through its Building Technologies Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 2009 IECC... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is conducting a webinar Wednesday to describe efforts underway to develop a suite of national guidelines for the work and workforce involved in residential energy efficiency retrofits. The presentation will look at proposed guidelines, which DOE says are designed to improve the quality of weatherization... more »