Posts Tagged ‘ DOE ’

The State of Energy Efficiency Incentives

Oct 19th, 2015

When marketed correctly, incentives for energy-efficient home improvements have the power to move consumers off the fence and into buying mode. We’ve seen them do wonders in the past for our industry, but what does the future hold? On the federal level, residential tax credits are difficult to predict year-to-year with decisions being made by […]

DOE ‘Translator’ Aims to Make Energy Efficiency Clear to Everyone

Oct 1st, 2015

dictionary bargain pen

The Department of Energy (DOE) wants to help door and window dealers spur consumer interest in energy-efficient products and high-performance homes. To achieve that, the agency launched a Building Science Translator earlier this year, which aims to “consistently reinforce the value message of high-performance homes based on the consumer experience rather than the engineering function […]

From Grim to Optimistic: The First 7 Months of the 114th Congress

Aug 17th, 2015

While there might be a lot of noise in the political world as 2016 presidential hopefuls kick off their campaigns, the halls of Capitol Hill are eerily quiet. With August recess upon us, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year so far. January-March The View from Here: Grim The 114th Congress convened for […]

DOE Converts Complicated Concepts into Consumer-Friendly Dialogue

Feb 17th, 2015

Over the past several months, I’ve dedicated a few posts to the emergence of energy-conscious homebuilders. Like all businesses, builders are seeking points of differentiation. At the same time, they are trying to wrap their minds around the evolution of consumer preferences and the highly technical world of energy-efficient building technologies. As a result, many […]

DOE Sets New Green Standards for Federal Buildings

Oct 13th, 2014


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a rule aimed at ensuring federal buildings use proper energy certifications. The rule, which goes into effect November 13, ensures that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must select a system that verifies enhanced energy […]

Builder-Grade Makeover on the Horizon

Oct 5th, 2014

High-performance windows aren’t just for R&R anymore. A new breed of homebuilders is emerging to appeal to a new breed of consumers who are environmentally conscious, energy-cost conscious and/or just want something different from what everyone else has. Like most businesses, homebuilders need to create points of differentiation to capture the interest of consumers – […]

NFRC and Partners Win DOE Grant to Promote U.S. Technologies in South Africa

Dec 19th, 2013

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has been awarded a $450,000, two-year U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cooperative agreement. The NFRC and the other groups taking part in the project will promote U.S. technologies, energy efficiency, and renewable energy in South Africa. NFRC will provide technical information, fenestration rating and certification methods, and provide limited […]

Obama Administration Expands Better Buildings Challenge to Multifamily Housing

Dec 6th, 2013

Building on $2 billion in financing commitments from the private sector for energy-efficiency updates to commercial buildings under the President’s Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has expanded the challenge to multifamily housing. “Over the last two years, President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge has helped drive […]

U.S. Manufacturers Save $1 Billion, 11 Million Tons of CO2 Through Energy Efficiency Investments

Sep 30th, 2013

PPG has float glass operations in Carlisle, Pa., Mt. Zion, Ill., Wichita Falls, Texas, and Fresno, Calif.

PPG Industries, Eastman Chemical Co., Saint-Gobain Corp. and Ingersoll Rand were among the more than 120 manufacturers recognized last week by the Department of Energy (DOE) for making wise investments that reduced energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions while improving their bottom lines. Through the DOE’s “Better Buildings, Better Plants” program, which is a key […]

DOE Requests Comments on Energy Code Compliance

Aug 13th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting public input on the methodology developed by the DOE to assist in assessing compliance with building energy codes at the local, state and national levels. To provide technical assistance for states implementing building energy codes, DOE developed and piloted a compliance methodology across several U.S. states. The […]