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  • 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 »
  • Joining with several other contractor and building industry organizations, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance recently sent a letter to three U.S. Senators asking for changes in the current Home Star legislation.  While supporting "the overall concept of the Home Star incentive program, we want to ensure the proposal factors in its job creation and energy conservation potential... more »
  • Already passed by the House of Representatives, Home Star legislation advanced in the Senate last week as part of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act. Introduced by Majority Leader Sen. Henry Reid (D-Nev.), the bill represents a stripped-down energy bill with additional elements designed to address the Gulf oil spill.  Senate Democrats hoped it could be passed... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued further guidance regarding its June 18th decision to give renovation firms and workers additional time to obtain necessary training and certifications to comply with its new lead rules. A new question-and-answer document was recently posted on the EPA Web site. The delay in enforcement of Renovation, Repair and Painting training and... more »