Posts Tagged ‘ EPA ’

Intertek Testing Services NA Now an Energy Star CB

Oct 24th, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced in a letter to Energy Star Storm Windows Stakeholders, that Intertek Testing Services NA is now a recognized certification body (CB). The EPA says, “Manufacturers may now work with Intertek Testing Services NA to enroll in the CB’s supervised or witnessed manufacturers’ testing laboratory program and to […]

Energy Star Created For Exterior and Interior Storm Windows

Sep 6th, 2018

On September 5th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shared the final Energy Star Version 1.0 Exterior and Interior Storm Windows Specification. Throughout this process, the EPA has taken into account comments and feedback from various Energy Star stakeholders. The EPA summarized their responses to the stakeholders in a letter, and provided a schedule for […]

Energy Star Most Efficient Criteria Released

Jul 30th, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the proposed recognition criteria for 2019’s Energy Star Most Efficient products, including windows. As of July 2018, 419 window product lines are recognized as Most Efficient from more than 40 product brand owners, according to the EPA. In all, 2,899 models from 155 Energy Star partners that […]

2018: The Road So Far

Jul 23rd, 2018

Where does time go? We’re already a little over halfway through 2018, and what do we have to show for it? By many accounts, it has been a pretty rough six months with DOE and EPA program defunding threats to tariffs wars. But there has been some silver lining. Let’s take a look back. Energy […]

EPA Releases Final Draft of Energy Star Storm Window Specification

Jul 17th, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final draft of Version 1.0 of the Energy Star specification for exterior and interior storm windows. EPA revised the definitions for air leakage, emissivity, and solar transmittance to align with definitions proposed by the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) to ensure that the metrics used to […]

EPA Cites Two Arizona Companies for Lead Paint Violations

Jul 13th, 2018

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with two Arizona companies for violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP) — Tucson-based Davis Kitchens and Tempe-based Holtzman Home Improvements. “Exposure to lead paint is one of the most common ways children develop lead poisoning,” said Mike Stoker, EPA’s Regional […]

EPA Could Toughen Lead Dust Hazard Standards

Jun 29th, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a proposal to strengthen the lead dust hazard standards for window sills and floors, though the agency says it shouldn’t affect the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. “Reducing childhood lead exposure is a top priority for EPA,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Lead-contaminated dust from […]

Contractor Pleads Guilty to RRP Violations

Jun 11th, 2018

A Pennsylvania contractor pled guilty in May for failing to follow work procedures dictated by the federal Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule during window replacement work in 2017. Charles H. Bitner Jr., the president and owner of Bitner Brothers Construction, could face up to a $200,000 fine and five years’ probation when he […]

EPA Settles with Three Companies Over Lead Paint Violations

May 31st, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reached settlement agreements with three companies from Maryland and Virginia over alleged violations of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) that occurred during renovation work in October 2015 at the University Towers condominium development in Silver Spring, Md. It’s the first major enforcement action announced since the […]

LRRP: The Political Hot Potato Hits the Ground

Apr 30th, 2018

Last September, I wrote a cautiously optimistic blog about the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP). In it, I expressed my enthusiasm that our industry was working hard to make our voice heard on the issue and that the government was undergoing a mandatory Section 610 Review of the policy. After the headlines last […]

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