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Energy Secretary: 2013 a “Banner Year” for Solar

At a luncheon at the U.S. Press Club in Washington, D.C., this week U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the country has more than doubled the amount of wind and solar electricity over the last five years and “we see a doubling of that again in the next five years.” In the prior week, Moniz was on hand in California for the opening of the Ivanpah Solar Energy System in California. “It is the world’s largest solar concentrating power system. It received a … Continue reading

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Green Home Building Continues to Climb, Valued at $36 Billion in 2013 and Expected to More than Double by 2016—Says New McGraw Hill Construction Study

McGraw Hill Construction, a part of McGraw Hill Financial, released findings from a new Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Green homes comprised 23 percent of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26 percent and 33 percent of the market by 2016. This equates to a doubling in the value of green home construction over three years, growing from $36 billion in 2013 … Continue reading

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Do Green Homes Really Deliver? New Study Tells All

GuildQuality, North America’s leading provider of customer satisfaction surveying for the residential building industry, recently conducted a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the past three years. The study, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and presented at the annual International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, aimed to uncover how green homeowners feel after purchasing their home; primarily focusing on their overall satisfaction and whether they would recommend purchasing a green home … Continue reading

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Oregon Door Company Settles for Violations of Federal Air Laws

Oregon Door Co., based in Dillard, Ore., settled violations of federal air laws and reporting regulations, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice. The violations were associated with the company’s emissions and reporting of toluene, a solvent for paints and stains. Toluene is a hazardous air pollutant and its release is regulated under the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act. “Companies that use chemicals have to abide by emissions limits and … Continue reading

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Research Proves a Two-Decade Payback for Triple-Pane Windows

It takes two decades or more for triple-pane windows to pay off financially based on utility-bill savings, according to a report by energy efficiency experts at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. These findings were presented earlier in December at by PNNL research engineer Sarah Widder at the Buildings XII Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The meeting was sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The report by Widder and senior staff engineer Graham Parker is based on … Continue reading

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All Weather Windows Named Energy Star® Fenestration Products Manufacturer of the Year

All Weather Windows has been named 2013 Energy Star Manufacturer of the Year in the Fenestration Products category. This is the third time in four years that All Weather Windows has been awarded this honor. The Energy Star Market Transformation Awards winners were recently announced by the Honorable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources in Ottawa. “All Weather Windows is committed to providing energy efficient products that reduce environmental impact and reduce heating costs for our customers,” says Tracy Nadiger, director of marketing. “We’re … Continue reading

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Thirteen States Receive Energy Department Awards to Drive Greater Energy Efficiency, Save Money

Building on the Obama Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help communities save on energy bills, the Energy Department has awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors. “Smart, cost-effective investments in energy efficiency are helping communities across the country cut energy waste and foster economic growth,” says assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy David Danielson. “Through the State Energy Program, states and … Continue reading

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Enter DWM’s Green Awards 2013

DWM magazine is accepting nominations once again for its annual Green Awards. Nominations are due by Friday, August 30. The winners will be profiled in DWM’s October issue, publicized on dwmmag.com and dwmmag.com/e-green. Questions? Contact Tara Taffera at 540/720-5584, ext. 113, or at ttaffera@glass.com. Forms may be emailed to ttaffera@glass.com. Photos may also be emailed. Companies in all categories, dealers, manufacturers and suppliers are invited to make nominations. Have a supplier who is doing great things in the name of energy efficiency? Nominate them. If … Continue reading

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EPA Extends Energy Star Comment Deadline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final Draft Version 6.0 Energy Star Specification for Residential Doors, Windows and Skylights on July 31 and several comment response documents. Since that time, some stakeholders have requested additional time to submit their comments on the final draft criteria, thus EPA is extending the comment period to Friday, September 6, 2013. Comments must be submitted to EPA no later than this date to windows@energystar.gov.

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EPA Issues Final Energy Star Draft; WDMA Says Industry Concerns Ignored

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed final draft of the Version 6.0 specification for doors, windows and skylights today which includes a proposal to delay the implementation date. Meanwhile, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), criticizes the EPA for ignoring industry concerns. EPA says it has reviewed the input submitted by commenters and discussed the implementation date proposed in Draft 2 with many stakeholders. Some organizations indicated that they could meet the proposed criteria in early 2014, while others requested that … Continue reading

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