October 4, 2010
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 »
October 4, 2010
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 »
September 23, 2010
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 »
August 9, 2010
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 »
August 6, 2010
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 »
August 4, 2010
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 »
June 30, 2010
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 »
June 19, 2010
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 »
June 15, 2010
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 »
June 1, 2010
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 »