June 17, 2009
Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the American Clean Energy Leadership Act, its version of an energy bill, yesterday. Like the House climate change bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Senate legislation does not address windows and/or fenestration specifically, but it includes numerous measures designed to improve building energy efficiency.... more »
June 5, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a tax credit label designed for manufacturers that would like to promote Energy Star-qualified products that are eligible for the tax credit. The label is optional and cannot be used as a substitute for any label required by Energy Star, DOE officials note.
An electronic version of the new label, as well as rules for use, was sent to Energy Star partners... more »
June 5, 2009
The Internal Revenue Service issued an advance notice this week outlining documentation requirements that window and door manufacturers must provide to homeowners looking to claim energy efficiency home improvement tax credits under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
According to the notice, an Energy Star label is no longer acceptable for exterior windows and skylights, as the IRS had... more »
April 29, 2009
Windows and skylights meeting Energy Star requirements are currently eligible for energy efficient tax credits established unter the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to an April 22 Internal Revenue Service press release. That eligibility, which would mean these products would not have to have a U-factor of less than .30 and a SHGC of less than .30 to qualify, is... more »
April 28, 2009
The House Energy and Commerce Committee began hearings last week on global warming legislation, designed to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions about 80 percent from today's levels by 2050 and increase energy independence. Backed by the Obama Administration, the bill would establish a cap-and-trade system that would use market forces to encourage utilities, industrials users and others to... more »
April 22, 2009
Window and door manufacturers, distributors and dealers, including many leading names in the industry, were among 13,500 employers nationwide that recently received letters from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Designed as a proactive step to encourage employers to take action, the letters notified companies that that their injury and illness rates "are... more »
April 7, 2009
With two notable changes from the most recent draft, the U.S. Department of Energy has released its final revised criteria for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylight program, set to go in effect January 4, 2010. In the final critiera, DOE will treat all doors the same, whether they swing or slide, and retain tubular daylighting devices within the program.
Both those changes... more »
March 26, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently looking at whether regulatory or other action might be appropriate to protect against potential risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from certain pressed wood products. Before a decision is made, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is pressing a number of its members concerns with the EPA, it reports.
WDMA is... more »
March 23, 2009
Paul Holland, a venture capitalist backer of Serious Materials, joined President Barack Obama today for a White House press briefing to support government budget proposals encouraging more investment in clean energy research and development. In outlining the potential benefits of such programs, the President highlighted Serious' re-opening of the former Kensington Windows plant in... more »
March 11, 2009
The Department of Energy issued its revised 2010 draft criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. In its full report, DOE officials state that changes were made from previous proposals based on industry feedback, the new tax credit requirements set forth in the stimulus package and the final window performance requirements established by the 2009 International Energy... more »