October 15, 2008
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the $700 billion bail-out bill passed earlier this month, includes provisions bringing back the 2006 and 2007 tax credits for energy efficient improvements in 2009. Additionally, the new law extends the deductions builders can take for improvements in new homes through 2009 and the deduction for energy-efficient... more »
August 7, 2008
The U.S. Department of Energy has released its Energy Star Windows, Doors, and Skylights Draft Criteria and Analysis, which outlines a two phase approach to tighten requirements to carry the label. Pending a stakeholder meeting scheduled for August 13th and one additional month to accept further public comment, the final numbers will be determined this fall with August 3, 2009 said to be the... more »
July 23, 2008
California on July 17 became the first state to enact a green building code, aiming to increase energy efficiency and reduce water consumption in all construction throughout the state. The new standards include provisions which will increase the stringency of existing statewide energy standards by 20 percent.
“Once again California is leading the nation and the world in emissions... more »
May 17, 2008
The Department of Energy has released its preliminary U-factor and SHGC requirements for swinging doors and skylights to qualify for the Energy Star label. The proposed numbers, including new requirements for 2009, 2013 and 2016, are based on DOE’s initial analysis of technical and cost information.
DOE has also set August 13th as the new date for its Stakeholder Meeting in Washington, D.C... more »
February 1, 2008
The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Monday that it would delay release of its proposed criteria changes for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylight program. DOE had planned to issue its proposals for new, more stringent requirements in early March, but now states it will wait until May.
In a letter to stakeholders, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, said the timeline had... more »
January 1, 2008
Stripped down considerably from earlier versions, a new energy bill passed both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush on December 18, 2007. The Energy Security and Independence Act of 2007 primarily focuses on automobile fuel economy, with additional provisions for more efficient appliances and lighting, as well as some steps designed to increase efficiency of government... more »
October 1, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy has sent a letter to stakeholders in the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program officially announcing it is beginning a criteria review and revision process to set new requirements for products to carry the Energy Star label.
In the October 9 letter, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, notes that DOE is considering a variety of adjustments to the... more »
August 1, 2007
The Department of Energy has plans to revise its criteria for Energy Star windows, now that 53 percent of new products in the residential market tout the label, Richard Karney, DOE Energy Star program manager, said during the summer meeting for the National Fenestration Rating Council. The meeting was held July 23-26 in Denver.
The new ratings will be more stringent. “We want to have... more »
August 1, 2007
The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3221 calling for significant energy efficiency upgrades in state building codes. The bill, which the White House has already threatened to veto, advances to conference committee, where work to craft a compromise with the Senate’s energy bill, passed this spring, is expected to begin in September.
Section 304 of the House bill would require... more »
April 1, 2007
Thanks in part to window industry pressure, Minnesota senators have modified language in the proposed safety screen law to include other safety measures such as “hardware, guards, and other devices that comply with the standards.” The House version of the bill, however, still calls only for “safety screens” but there are ongoing efforts to unify the language.
The... more »