Monthly Poll: Potential Changes to Energy Star Program

By Kelly Smith, senior editor
May 3, 2017
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Editor’s Note: New from WDweekly is our revamped industry poll question. Each month, we’ll feature a new poll question or series of questions related to what’s going on in the industry, what’s coming up in the magazine or topics you tell us you want to know about. Plus, post your comments on the subject at hand on the monthly poll page and your thoughts may be included in an upcoming issue of Window & Door magazine or in WDweekly.

Energy Star at Risk: Blessing or Bane?

For the many residential window and door manufacturers that comprise our industry, Energy Star has been a way of life since 1992. Now, that program may be substantially changing or going away completely. 

The 2018 Federal budget proposal includes the possible elimination of the Energy Star program, as part of an estimated 25 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, which funds Energy Star. Under the proposal, a non-governmental entity could potentially take over the Energy Star program. The budget is still under consideration and has not been finalized as of press time. However, the proposal has already generated attention in the industry.

For some, eliminating Energy Star is welcome news; others see it as a disaster. The June/July issue of Window & Door magazine will cover the potential impact of eliminating the Energy Star program. As part of that coverage, we want to hear from you. Weigh in on this month’s poll, post a comment or send an email with your thoughts. 

Will the elimination of the Energy Star program benefit or hinder your business? 

Select One
   

Benefit

 

Hinder

 

Unsure (elaborate in comments section)

 
 

 

Comments

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Elimination of Energy Program will save us lots of time and cost on program certifications, but we will still make the same energy saving windows. We will not go back to making a "lesser" product.
All the program regulations are so redundant and do nothing but create
hardships for small manufactures.

Energy Star Windows is essential for the window replacement market. Without it, consumers would have no understanding of what a good performing window would be and subject to even wilder energy saving claims from manufacturers.

Energy Star Windows is the only rating program/standard (with the exception of title 24) requiring full NFRC certification. A loss of the Energy Star Window program would relegate the residential window market to the fate of the commercial market, self regulation and self energy simulation, no third party to confirm performance.

Energy Star could survive as a non profit separate from the government much like USGBC, ASHRAE, or IECC. Operating costs may be reduced,marginal product labels could be eliminated, and congressional/political interfere removed.

NFRC was once a government project and became a successful, stand alone non profit. Energy Star could to the same.

It has concerned me for a number of years the way some companies have played with the data.