Posts Tagged ‘ DOE ’

Happy New Year: A Look at the Top Stories of 2017

Dec 27th, 2017

It’s been another busy year in the door and window industry, with legislation, company closings and more generating headlines. With that in mind, here are the stories that saw the most web traffic on DWM in 2017. 1. After Closure of B.F. Rich, What’s Next? In February, the sudden closure of window maker B.F. Rich […]

Proposed Bill Would Return Energy Star to DOE Control

Nov 7th, 2017

The House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee held a discussion hearing today on possible legislation that could lead to major changes to the Energy Star program. The bill’s biggest proposal would transfer the program’s leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE). “This hearing today is a starting point for reforming […]

Energy Star Survives, and Other Tales From the Budget Wars

Jul 19th, 2017

A couple of months ago, I highlighted a phrase that Reason writer Katherine Mangu-Ward used to describe the annual presidential budget requests: “They’re essentially the White House asking Congress for a pony.” It’s a good line, and this year, it’s looking more and more to be true. In March, President Trump rolled out a budget […]

Energy Star Could Survive, But With a Lot Less Money

Jul 18th, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee’s spending bill for 2018, which came out last week, keeps the popular Energy Star program but drastically reduces its funding, according to a report on the committee’s proposal that was released on Monday. The 2018 spending bill would fund Energy Star at $31 million. That’s 53 percent less than 2017’s funding […]

Trump’s Budget Cuts Rejected by Congressional Committees

Jul 14th, 2017

The federal government’s budgeting process for 2018 continued this week as congressional committees worked on appropriations bills that will be voted on this fall. As expected, many of President Trump’s budget requests did not make the cut, including the steep 31-percent reduction in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The House Appropriations Committee bill […]

Budget Deal Keeps EPA Fully Funded — For Now

May 2nd, 2017

On Monday, Congress released a $1.017 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through September. The bill, which must be approved by Friday to avoid a government shutdown, doesn’t feature the deep cuts that President Trump had pushed for in the budget proposal he released in March. That plan called for drastic reductions to […]

Carson, Perry Confirmed to Run HUD, DOE

Mar 2nd, 2017

On Thursday, the Senate confirmed two of President Trump’s cabinet nominees who could have an impact on the fenestration industry — Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Rick Perry as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Carson will be running the agency that oversees affordable […]

DOE Develops Paint-On Coating to Make Windows More Efficient

Mar 14th, 2016

In an effort to curb the estimated $50 billion annually that energy leakage through windows costs home/building owners, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has synthesized a potential solution. Researchers have developed a polymer heat-reflective coating that can be painted on at one-tenth the cost of other solutions, lab […]

Highlights, Lowlights from DOE’s Multi-Year Program Plan

Feb 22nd, 2016

The DOE Building Technology Office’s 188-page Multi-Year Program Plan 2016-2020 was just released last week. That’s a lot of reading, so I’m going to break down the key points that are most important to you as a fenestration professional – some of which might be disturbing to some viewers. This is the third multi-year plan […]

DOE Field Study Yields Some Surprises for Window Industry

Jan 25th, 2016

In the past, I’ve heard it said that just getting all the states to adopt the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) and enforce code requirements would result in significant energy savings. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), we’re getting a chance to test that theory. The results might be surprising to some. The […]

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