Work on Phase 2 of Revised Energy Star® Criteria for Doors and Windows Underway; Validation Program Also Could Be in Future, According to EPA RepMarch 17th, 2010 by DWM Magazine
A representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offered a number of door and window manufacturer representatives some insight into the latest developments with the program during a meeting of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) today in Washington, D.C. EPA operations manager Doug Anderson, who now is handling the oversight of the door, window and skylights program under the oversight of the EPA, re-assured attendees about the move to EPA and offered a look at the future as well.
“I just want to assure everyone in this room that we’re striving to keep the same technical support in place,” he said.
Anderson also pointed out that the EPA intends to place a new emphasis validating products once they’ve become ENERGY STAR-qualified, and is working on a proposal to do blind-sampling of these products in the future. However, he pointed out the details are not in place yet.
“We’re figuring out a way to balance those costs with all the testing that’s already done,” he said.
With Phase 1 of the recently revised ENERGY STAR criteria taking effect in just a few weeks, on April 1, Anderson also offered some insight into Phase 2.
“We’re trying to be very open about things,” he said, and explained that EPA is conducting research before holding broad meetings with industry stakeholders.
The elements under consideration for Phase 2 are the following:
- U-factors and solar heat gain co-efficients;
- Air leakage requirements;
- Life cycle analysis;
- ENERGY STAR “Best in Class” products (also known as Super Star);
- Skylight criterion;
- Specialty exemptions; and
- Installation requirements.
When it comes to air leakage requirements, EPA is looking for “a basic level of performance,” said Anderson.
The Super Star program, he pointed out, could be undergoing a name change.
“We don’t really like the term ‘Super Star,’” Anderson said. “We prefer ‘Best in Class.’”
He said they’re currently doing research on how a Super Star product could impact the ENERGY STAR brand, as some at EPA have fears that the two would compete with one another.
For installation requirements, Anderson said he is seeking industry feedback.
“I’d like to hear people’s thoughts about how we can get to a better installation,” he said, though he stressed that the EPA does not plan to develop a certification program like those that the WDMA and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) already have in place.
Anderson also provided a tentative timeline for Phase 2:
- Initial Analysis – Spring 2010-Spring 2011;
- Initial Analysis Publication and Discussion – Summer 2011;
- Stakeholders Meeting – Summer 2011;
- Finalization of Criteria – Fall 2011; and
- Approximate Effective Date of Phase 2 – Summer 2013.
Though the timeline is not set in stone, as this develops, Anderson encouraged manufacturers to contact him to provide feedback and suggestions.
Anderson’s presentation was held as part of the WDMA’s 2010 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., held in conjunction with the National Lumber and Building Materials Association and the North American Building Material Distribution Association.