August 1, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 30
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DOE to Toughen Energy Star Window Rating
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, said Richard Karney, DOE Energy Star program manager... read more

Norandex Acquired by CertainTeed Parent
Cie. de Saint-Gobain, the French parent of CertainTeed Corp., has acquired Owens-Corning Corp.’s siding business, which inlcudes the Norandex/Reynolds building products distribution business, for $371 million... read more

NuAir Partners with Pro-Build
Florida manufacturer NuAir has handed the reins for all of its new construction installation over to Pro-Build, a building materials supplier, in a strategic partnership that aims to offer building professionals consistency in both products and installation. Pro-Build will tout NuAir as its preferred manufacturer in Florida... read more

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The Talk...

Is it time to make Energy Star requirements more stringent?
Yes, it's time to raise the bar.
Maybe, but it depends upon new levels.
No—market acceptance is no reason for change.

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John Swanson,
editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

This week, we report on Department of Energy plans to raise the bar for windows to qualify for Energy Star. Energy Star standards are designed to “push the envelope” of energy efficiency, so to speak, so if it’s true that more than half the windows sold in this country are Energy Star qualified, the label clearly doesn’t serve that purpose.

As we all know, there are many issues that factor into the energy efficiency equation for windows, however. Increasing the SHGC of a product to meet a higher standard is possible, but it might turn out that such a product saves less energy because of the window’s orientation in the home. I would also caution that if raising Energy Star standards push prices up too high, it could influence buyers to opt for cheaper, lower-performance products.

So what do you think? Is it time to make requirements to qualify for Energy Star more stringent? I’m sure there are many, many reasons you folks can think of for raising the bar on Energy Star requirements, or keeping them where they are, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue. Vote in our poll, and
email me to let me know what you think.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Where is the biggest bottleneck in your process?": Well, the numbers aren’t exactly overwhelming, but welding/cleaning operations rank number one.
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