Posts Tagged ‘ Energy Star ’

Vice President Discusses Inflation Reduction Act Home Rebates

Nov 4th, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act, passed in August, provides rebates and tax credits to homeowners investing in energy-efficient upgrades, including new windows. It will also help the economy as well, said Vice President Kamala Harris when she addressed the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 in Boston earlier this week. “We are fighting together to lower home […]

EPA Finalizes Energy Star 7.0

Oct 20th, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final specifications for Energy Star 7.0 Thursday, handing manufacturers their final marching orders if they’re to keep the program’s sticker on their door and window products. The news arrived amid the final hours of GlassBuild America—a week in which some companies said they were shopping new glass packages and […]

NAHB Supports Changes Made to Inflation Reduction Act; Works to Continue to “Improve” Bill

Aug 11th, 2022

As the Senate pushes to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) says it remains opposed to the bill. The association is working with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to obtain key changes as it related to carried interest and how companies can deduct depreciated assets from taxes. During the […]

Ready, Set, Go

Aug 4th, 2022

Well, here we are once again heading for a new version of Energy Star that will begin in 2023 with even tougher requirements. As I completed my travels during the first half of this year, I noticed an overall lack of concern regarding the upcoming Energy Star changes. My customers seemed focused on the present […]

Energy Star 7.0: Where Will the Dust Settle?

Jul 21st, 2022

During the last few weeks, I have visited customers, and the topic of Energy Star has come up. Everyone wonders if the EPA will stick with the stringent requirements outlined in drafts 1 and 2 of Version 7.0 or move to some halfway point. This would give window and door fabricators extra time to adjust […]

EPA Releases Final Draft for Energy Star 7.0

Jul 19th, 2022

The race will soon begin for manufacturers seeking to earn or keep Energy Star certifications for door and window products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step toward deployment of Version 7.0 today, releasing a final draft with minor updates over its Draft 2 proposal. Changes include a slight adjustment to U-factor requirements […]

Energy Star Innovation

Sep 24th, 2021

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.”—Winston Churchill After attending GlassBuild last week and reviewing innovations that can help improve thermal performance, I’m encouraged! The new low-E coatings and combinations of coatings, along with some new work on thin triples, advises us that we can achieve lower […]

Is Energy Star Version 7.0 the Catalyst for Future-Proofing Your Business?

Aug 20th, 2021

In the Shop Talk blog, we’ve talked a lot about the here and now: how to be more productive with fewer employees, health and safety in the COVID-19 era and tips to improve quality and efficiency. We’re all focused on how we get through the next day or week, and we need to be. But […]

EPA Invites Companies to Do the Math on Proposed Energy Star Requirements

Jul 29th, 2021

Officials for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grabbed the mic Tuesday to explain how the agency arrived at the criteria proposed in Draft 1 of Energy Star 7.0 for residential windows, doors and skylights. In a more than hourlong webinar, program officials detailed the development cycle and how their agency calculated such things as […]

Energy Star Beyond 2020 – Will it Intensify or Fizzle?

Feb 19th, 2020

Back in 2017, [DWM] ran a poll, titled: “If Energy Star Goes Away Would Privatization Be Okay?“ I remember being surprised back then at how many respondents were in favor of letting Energy Star fall by the wayside. So, lately I have been discussing with colleagues the possible ramifications that could come as a result […]

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