October 14, 2011
Seeking industry comments and discussion, the Environnmental Protection Agency has released new criteria it is considering for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. The proposals, which would take effect in fall 2013, include a maximum U-factor requirement as low as 0.25 for Northern climate zone windows.
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October 7, 2011
A new U.S. Forest Service study indicated that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, according to a recent announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. A review of the science suggests that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials, according to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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August 4, 2011
The vinyl industry has submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations for PVC manufacturing, but urging the agency to ensure the final rule better reflects the diversity and variability of the industry that makes a broad range of products, the Vinyl Institute reports.
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July 19, 2011
A national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills was launched today by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ad Council. Created pro bono by Texas-based advertising agency GSD&M, the public service advertisements direct homeowners to the Energy Savers website, where they can find tools and information to help them make their homes more efficient.
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July 15, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will not add additional clearance testing requirements to the current Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. "After carefully weighing all available information and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded it is not necessary to impose new lead-dust sampling and laboratory analysis, known as the clearance... more »
July 13, 2011
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association reports that the House Appropriations Committee has adopted an amendment to the Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 budget which would prohibit the agency from enforcing its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule until the agency approves a reliable lead test kit as mandated by the agency's own rule. The amendment was sponsored by Rep.... more »
June 9, 2011
With the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing testimony on a suite of energy efficiency bills, including legislation covering residential construction, the National Association of Home Builders today urged lawmakers to take into account the differences in energy savings between the newest, highest-performing homes and older, less-efficient homes that comprise the vast majority of... more »
May 26, 2011
As part of a White House initiative to review and curb burdensome regulations throughout the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency says its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program is slated for "early action." The lead-paint rules are under a "priority regulatory review" intended to yield a "specific step toward modifying, streamlining,... more »
May 17, 2011
A Rockland, Maine, renovator is facing penalties for allegedly violating lead safe work practice requirements under the Environmental Protection Agency's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The agency reports it is the first time such a case has been filed since the regulations, designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint during painting and other renovation activities, went... more »
May 13, 2011
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is commending Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and a bipartisan group of 22 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives for urging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to halt plans to expand its lead paint rules to include "clearance testing" requirements and extend coverage to commercial and public buildings. In a May 10 letter to Jackson, the... more »