What's Next for Energy Star?

John G. Swanson
June 15, 2010
THE TALK... | Codes & Standards

There's already been much speculation out there about what the next round of Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights might look like, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that EPA has officially started work on the next set of performance requirements tentatively planned to take effect in 2013. With energy efficiency now elevated to a national priority, the next set of requirements manufacturers will need to meet to carry the Energy Star label are almost certain to be significantly more stringent.

With DOE already promoting R-5 for windows, many in the industry are expecting U-factors of about .20 to .22 to be the new minimum for Northern climates.  EPA has also outlined a number of issues it plans to address, including stair leakage, structural performance and installation. The latest EPA letter does not mention the possibility of a Super Star label, an idea floated previously that would create a new performance category above and beyond Energy Star.

What changes do you think EPA should make?  What do you think would deliver the most "bang for the buck" to homeowners when it comes to energy savings?  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear your thoughts too.  What should EPA change?  What shouldn't they change? Email me and offer your suggestions.

What changes would bring the most bang for the buck in Energy Star criteria?
R-5 performance levels (for North)
Adjustments in SHGC requirements
A "Super Star" performance category
Air leakage requirements
Structural performance minimums
Installation standards/requirements
Changes in skylight/TDD criteria
Changes in door criteria
None of the above

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