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Canadian Manufacturers Learn about Proposed Changes to Canada’s Energy Star® Program

As many U.S. manufacturers have concerns about some of the proposed changes to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Star program, so do Canadian manufacturers who learned more about proposed changes to their country’s program last Friday during the annual meeting of the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association in Quebec. Steve Hopwood of the Office of Energy Efficiency, briefed members and asked for input regarding the proposed changes.

As with the DOE’s proposals, changes to Canada’s program would also take a phased-in approach, with some changes happening in 2010 and the next phase in 2013.

“2010 won’t be much of a leap but 2013 will be a major leap requiring more technology,” said Yvan Houle, president of a window fabricating company in Canada.

Addressing this issue, Hopwood said that his office is looking into new technologies, and when pushed by members as to what these are, he said the office is looking at aerogels and vacuum glazing.

“The industry has been talking about aerogels for 15 years and it’s still not here,” said Houle.

Hopwood reported that the labeling guidelines are also under review. For example, the office is considering one expanded label similar to an NFRC label. With this proposal, there would be one label on a window instead of a few different ones; however, many members weren’t too fond of the idea, as some groups, such as pre-hangers, would have manage anywhere from 300 to 500 labels.

“That seems very unmanageable for the door industry,” said one attendee.

While Hopwood made many references to what the DOE is doing in the United States, he was surprised by one of its recent announcements.

“I was surprised the DOE came out with a non-zone model for swinging doors,” said Hopwood. “We hadn’t even considered that.” (CLICK HERE for related story.)

CLICK HERE to download Hopwood’s entire presentation, which includes side-by-side comparisons of Canada’s and the United States Energy Star proposed changes.

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