Posts Tagged ‘ EPA ’

EPA Kicks Off Third Annual Energy Star National Building Competition

Jul 30th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program launched the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings with 3,200 buildings across the country going head to head to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment. “This year the number of teams committing to increase energy efficiency through the [...]

EPA Releases ENERGY STAR Draft 1 Version 6.0 Windows, Doors and Skylights Criteria

Jul 27th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 specification and the ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights version 6.0 Draft 1 Criteria and Analysis Report for stakeholder review. Both documents are available to view online. According to the EPA, this draft [...]

Rhode Island Property Owner Faces Fine for Failing to Notify Tenants about Potential Lead Hazards

Jul 23rd, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that a Rhode Island company faces a penalty of up to $421,900 for repeatedly violating federal lead-based paint disclosure laws and regulations when leasing residential property in Providence. A recent EPA complaint alleges that Private Reserve Properties LLC failed to notify prospective tenants, including families with young children, [...]

Builders Tell Congress Inefficient Regulations Harm Housing, the Economy

Jul 20th, 2012

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has told Congress that an unwieldy federal regulatory process is hampering the housing and economic recovery. “Housing serves as a great example of an industry that would benefit from smarter and more sensible regulation,” NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla., told the House Committee [...]

VI Petitions EPA to Reconsider Critical Aspects of Final PVC MACT Rule

Jun 19th, 2012

The Vinyl Institute (VI) announced it has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for changes it says are needed in the final PVC Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulation to address data errors, textual conflicts and regulatory oversights. According to the VI, most of these changes are supported by performance data and information either not [...]

EPA Releases Update on Vision and Guiding Principles for Energy Star

May 15th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a finalized update to the Vision and Guiding Principles for Energy Star products. Input provided on the draft update informed a number of refinements to the document, reported the EPA. Some of these include: Focus on Energy Efficiency. The EPA says a broad range of stakeholders supported the [...]

Companies Fined for Failing to Notify Tenants About Lead Paint at Two New England Navy Bases

May 3rd, 2012

Two companies have agreed to pay a penalty of $89,300 to settle EPA claims that they violated federal lead paint disclosure laws at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, and the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. According to the announcement, the EPA’s enforcement complaint alleged that Northeast Housing LLC and Balfour [...]

ANSI Hosts Exploratory Meeting for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel

Apr 27th, 2012

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) of Washington, D.C., hosted a meeting to explore the need for a potential ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel on April 25 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The meeting included two panel discussions, moderated by Jim Pauley, senior vice president of external affairs and government relations [...]

New England Landlords Face Fines for Failing to Notify Tenants about Lead Paint

Apr 13th, 2012

The owners of rental properties in Bridgeport, Conn., as well as South Boston, Roxbury, and Dorchester, Mass., face EPA penalties for violating federal lead paint disclosure rules. According to the EPA’s announcement, in both cases, these violations potentially put tenants at risk of exposure to lead hazards. In the complaint filed by EPA’s New England [...]

EPA Fines Violators of the RRP Rule

Apr 6th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) and other lead rules. One case was previously reported by DWM magazine, and involved Colin Wentworth, a rental property owner who was responsible for building operation and maintenance, who allegedly violated the rule as [...]