March 7, 2013
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association commends the introduction of legislation last night in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to reduce the burden the regulation has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards, according to a March 7 WDMA release.... more »
March 5, 2013
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency released Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0, scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014. There are several program elements under review, in addition to tighter U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients. At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Annual Conference in Tucson last week, AAMA reviewed its draft... more »
March 2, 2013
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association Regulatory Affairs Committee is actively monitoring a host of government codes and regulations on behalf of its members. The following items were reviewed at the association’s 76th Annual Conference in Tucson, March 24-27, 2013. For a full list and more details on the topics below, please contact AAMA.
The RAC report included an... more »
February 26, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking stakeholder comments on the revised skylight criteria for the proposed Version 6.0 Energy Star Specification, according to a Feb. 25 letter. Comments on the revised criteria are due by Friday, March 8, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several stakeholders initially raised concerns during the Draft 1 comment response period regarding changes in test results... more »
January 20, 2013
To increase lead safety and awareness of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, the Environmental Protection Agency began mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors in target areas, including states that lack an EPA-authorized RRP program and have significant amounts of older housing. According to an email update issued by EPA's Doreen Cantor Paster, the goal... more »
January 15, 2013
Passed at the beginning of the new year to avoid tax increases for most Americans, as well as siginificant, across-the-board spending cuts, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is bringing back energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. Specifically, the bill reinstates the 25c tax credits that expired at the end of 2011 and extends them through the end of 2013.... more »
January 2, 2013
Building on existing regulations requiring that renovations of homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978 be performed by certified contractors using lead-safe work practices, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently in the process of developing certification, training, and work practice requirements for renovation, repair, and painting activities on public and commercial... more »
December 11, 2012
Part of the Behind the Scenes at Berkeley Lab series, a new video highlights research on Smart Windows underway at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Posted on YouTube, the video is designed to show the potential role windows can play in reducing energy consumption and energy costs, and improving lighting and heating conditions in buildings.
November 20, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent out a letter today announcing final recognition criteria for the Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 program for 11 product categories, including windows. Reflecting changes put forward in a second draft at the end of October, the final criteria include:
A U-factor ≤ 0.20 across all climate zones
SHGC ≥ 0.20 in the Northern Zone, SHGC ≤ 0.... more »
November 15, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined 16 firms for violating the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, according to a November 14 announcement. The 16 enforcement actions include 13 administrative settlements and three filed administrative complaints.
More than half of the firms cited were fined for failing to obtain firm certification prior to performing or... more »