Posts Tagged ‘ EPA ’

EPA Invites Comments for Most Efficient Criteria for Residential Windows

Jul 29th, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an update for Energy Star Most Efficient 2013 and proposed Energy Star Most Efficient 2014 criteria across 11 product categories. EPA invites stakeholders to comment on the proposed requirements by Friday, September 6, 2013. Residential windows will be eligible for Energy Star Most Efficient 2014 recognition. Excluded [...]

Company Fined for Failing to Notify Tenants about Lead Paint Hazards

Jul 19th, 2013

The owners and manager of 12 properties in Laconia, N.H. have agreed to pay a fine of $2,400 and to do environmental improvements valued at $21,600 to settle EPA claims that they failed to follow federal lead paint disclosure laws at three properties. EPA alleged in a complaint that Allen Enterprises Rental Properties, Lakeport Plaza [...]

EPA Proposes Formaldehyde-Exposure Prevention Rules

Jun 6th, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed two rules it says will help protect Americans from exposure to formaldehyde. The rules aim to ensure that composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the U.S. meet the formaldehyde-emission standards established by Congress. “The proposed regulations announced today reflect EPA’s continued efforts to protect the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Siding and Window Company to Pay Penalty Related to Lead Safe Work Practices

Jan 9th, 2013

Albracht Perma-Siding and Window Co., of Omaha, Neb., has agreed to pay a $6,188 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify an Omaha couple about lead-based paint risks before the company or its subcontractors performed renovation work at their pre-1978 home. It also failed to keep records of [...]

EPA Finalizes Boiler MACT Rule

Jan 4th, 2013

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a specific set of adjustments to Clean Air Act standards, originally finalized in March 2011, for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators, commonly known as the Boiler MACT Rule. The specific set of adjustments address new data provided to the agency and additional information [...]

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 [...]

EPA Announces Energy Star Product Finder System

Nov 9th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the deployment of a new product finder system for providing consumers, partners and interested third parties with greater access to Energy Star products. The system is built off of existing Energy Star information, providing consumers with an easily-accessible, user-friendly search tool, as well as providing utilities, retailers and [...]