DOE and EPA Reps Say Move of ENERGY STAR® Will Provide ClarityNovember 10th, 2009 by DWM Magazine
Although many in the door and window industry are wondering how they will be affected by the announcement that ENERGY STAR will be moving from the Department of Energy (DOE) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), representatives from the agencies say they do not consider this to be a major change other than to provide clarity.
Members of the DOE and EPA hosted a meeting on November 6 for stakeholders to provide additional information regarding the new ENERGY STAR Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two agencies on September 30, 2009 (CLICK HERE for that story).
Representatives from several door and window manufacturers, including Jeld-Wen, Marvin, Pella and Andersen, were on-hand, and other representatives listened via conference call and had the opportunity to ask questions.
Many of the industry representatives in the room had various questions, such as how often the ENERGY STAR program will be reviewed, whether there will be expansions into other product categories, and if current initiatives (such as research being performed by Ducker research) will be continued.
To the latter question, EPA assistant administrator Gina McCarthy responded, “If a process is in place, the process is in place.” As to how often the criteria will be reviewed, she said the EPA will look at the program every three years but not necessarily change the criteria every three years.
McCarthy also reminded attendees that the ENERGY STAR program is voluntary and was designed to reward the most forward-thinking companies. She encouraged those companies to work with the EPA going forward.
“You people don’t seem to be very shy,” McCarthy joked. “So let’s work together on a transition plan … This is your livelihood . Tell us, and we will design a system for stakeholder input that serves the need of partners. Don’t wait for public comment. If you have ideas send them now.”