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  • 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 »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying enforcement of the certification requirements of the lead renovation, repair and painting rule that went into effect in April. The move comes in response to concerns "raised by the regulated community regarding difficulties experienced in obtaining the rule required firm certification and renovation worker training," according to a memo... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to stakeholders Monday announcing that is beginning a criteria revision for windows, doors, and skylights. During this process, EPA is inviting industry input, as well as updating research from the last criteria revision, which took place between June 2007 and April 2009, leading to the establishment of the current Energy Star criteria, which... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is applauding passage of legislation in the House last week that would replace the .30/.30 standard to qualify for a $1,500 tax credit with the 2010 Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights. The legislation was included as part of the tax extenders bill, which passed by a vote of 215 to 206, and must now go back to the Senate for final... more »
  • With an official progam launch taking place at the National Association of Home Builders headquarters in Washington, D.C. yesterday, the Web site featuring manufacturers accepted in the U.S. Department of Energy's Highly-Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program is now live.  With links to more than 30 manufacturers, the site is designed to provide builders... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a kick-off event tomorrow for the Highly Efficient (R-5) Windows Volume Purchase Program. In addition, the Web site page with window products that can be purchased under the program is scheduled to go live tomorrow as well. Co-hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and NAHB, the kick-off will include presentations from the Community... more »