Posts Tagged ‘ Energy Star ’

EPA Looks at Energy Star Commercial Buildings Program

Apr 23rd, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently is conducting a survey to help it “evaluate and develop a new Energy Star recognition for commercial buildings.” “We are looking to you, our stakeholders, to help us design a recognition that your organization will value, and that will motivate you to pursue energy-efficient building operations,” writes the EPA [...]

Twenty-Three Congressional Members Urge for Re-examination of Energy Star

Apr 19th, 2013

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Following the news this week that The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency launched a campaign to urge Congress and President Obama to oppose proposed changes to the Energy Star program, 23 members of Congress have now joined this cause. A bipartisan group of 23 members of Congress have requested that the Obama Administration “reexamine the [...]

Coalition Formed to “Save” Energy Star

Apr 15th, 2013

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The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency, a group of citizens, manufacturers and retailers who want to “preserve and protect the Energy Star program and its promise of an easy choice for consumers,” launched a campaign today to “save” the Energy Star program. The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is one industry group whose members [...]

WDMA Preps for Congressional Discussions

Mar 19th, 2013

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, held concurrently with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), which opened yesterday and runs through tomorrow in Crystal City, Va., included issues briefings for members of both associations preparing to take to the Hill to discuss legislative matters with House [...]

Several Window Lines Recognized as the Most Efficient of Energy Star 2013

Mar 14th, 2013

The Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized several lines of window products as the Most Energy Efficient of Energy Star 2013. Each year, the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) establishes criteria for specific product categories to earn the Most Efficient mark. Products that are recognized as Most Efficient must already qualify for the Energy Star label. [...]

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Response for Skylights

Feb 26th, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter yesterday requesting feedback from stakeholders about draft two of the Energy Star tubular daylighting devices (TDD) and revised skylight criteria. Draft two specifications “[do] not include any revisions to address the issue [of addressing concerns previously raised for drafts one and two] because EPA believed the [...]

The Long Term Approach to Thermal Performance Strategy – Look at the Frame!

Feb 25th, 2013

Just about every manufacturer I talk to these days is scrambling feverishly to analyze the thermal performance ratings of their various window product lines to make sure they have the most cost-effective solution available to be in compliance with the upcoming Energy Star requirements. The approach I most often see is to rank proposed changes [...]

Window Testing and Innovation for 2014

Jan 22nd, 2013

Energy Star is in the process of redefining energy performance criteria and zones for 2014. And it is interesting to look back and see the impact Energy Star has played on our industry. Several years ago, R-values were the common tool measuring the energy efficiency of replacement windows. However, over the years, Energy Star changed [...]

Offer Comments to Latest Energy Star Draft

Jan 7th, 2013

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Draft 2 of the Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 specification and once again encourages industry feedback. Written comments should be submitted to EPA at windows@energystar.gov no later than Friday, February 8, 2013. In a letter sent to stakeholders today, EPA says it appreciates [...]

Energy Star Releases Final Criteria for Most Efficient Program

Nov 20th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the final recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 for 11 product categories, including windows. Regarding windows, savings vary by climate, house construction and number and type of windows replaced, according to the EPA. EPA says it received limited comments on the proposed criteria distributed on [...]