WDMA Opposes Legislation Related to New Role for DOE

March 17th, 2020 by Emmariah Holcomb

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) recently issued a notice to its members urging them to act in opposition on an energy savings legislation act.

According to the association, the Senate is considering amendments to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2137), which was introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and ranking member Joe Manchin (D-WV). The association claims that S. 2137 would hurt affordability. The amendment, according to the association is not only costly, but is flawed.

“This amendment would create a new role for the Department of Energy (DOE) in the code development process by requiring the agency to establish energy-savings targets for model building energy codes and allowing DOE to have undue influence in the consensus-based decision-making process of the model building codes,” a portion of the alliance’s notice reads.

More specifically the amendment would require the DOE to do the following:

  • Establish energy savings targets for model building codes in residential housing;
  • Submit energy code change proposals to the code body in order to meet those targets; and
  • Submit proposals that are costly and don’t have a reasonable payback for the home buyer.

“Congress must consider the true economic costs of energy-use reductions and oppose this amendment and realize that it could negatively affect housing affordability in the U.S. Congress should use H.R. 3586, the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act, as a bipartisan alternative to this amendment, which would require DOE’s code change proposals to have a simple payback of 10 years or less,” a portion of the association’s notice reads.

For industry members who would like to contact their Senators about this amendment, click here.

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