Should DOE look at separate Energy Star labels for new construction and replacement products?

John G. Swanson
February 6, 2008

AAMA is urging the Department of Energy to consider a two-tier system when it issues revisions to Energy Star windows criteria. The idea would be to have one label and one set of numbers that would address DOE’s concern that the Energy Star program push the energy performance envelope and beat code. The other label and set of numbers—presumably the current criteria—would be targeted more at homeowners looking to identify energy efficient windows and doors.

DOE doesn’t like the idea of Energy Star and Energy Star Plus labels, but it is willing to explore the idea of separate new construction and replacement window label systems. What do you think of that approach? That’s our poll question this week. I’m only asking “yes” or “no” so I’d really like to hear your thoughts. Email and let me know why you think this approach could or could not work.

For poll results and industry feedback about this topic, click to the next page, and read Page 2 of “The Talk...”

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