August 13, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 33
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The Latest...

DOE to Strengthen Energy Star Criteria
in Two Phases
The U.S. Department of Energy has released its Energy Star Windows, Doors, and Skylights Draft Criteria and
Analysis. ...
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Jeld-Wen to End Manufacturing at Georgia Plant
Jeld-Wen Inc. will shut down manufacturing operations at its Gainesville, Ga., facility. ... read more

Atrium to Close Jacksonville Plant
Atrium Cos. Inc. is closing its Jacksonville, Fla. aluminum window and door manufacturing facility, moving that production to its north Texas plant. ... read more

Crystal Licenses Sashlite Technology
Flushing, N.Y.-based Crystal Window & Door Systems entered into a licensing agreement with Sashlite LLC for the use of its patented vinyl window insulating glass technology. ... read more

FMA Sets Agenda for Florida Meeting
The Fenestration Manufacturers Association has finalized its agenda for the upcoming fall conference, to be held in September in Marco Island, Fla. ... read more

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The Talk...

e-Poll
Are you content with the latest U-factor criteria DOE is proposing for Energy Star windows in the North?
They strike a reasonable balance.
DOE should have raised the bar higher.
They are too stringent.


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John Swanson,
editor/
associate publisher of Window & Door

Today, I’m heading to DOE headquarters for the Energy Star stakeholders meeting. Based on the new proposed criteria issued last week, it’s apparent DOE has listened to some of the industry’s concerns, but I suspect I’ll still hear plenty of comments that the changes are still too stringent. Perhaps a few people will say DOE didn’t go far enough. Many more are likely to argue that to really reduce our nation’s energy demand, DOE should look at a program that helps address the huge existing stock of older homes with single-pane windows.

But let’s hear what you think of the latest proposals. With this week’s poll question, we’ll go straight to the number that seemed to be the most controversial—the U-factor requirement for the Northernmost climate zone in the U.S. DOE is now saying it’s going to require a maximum U-factor of 0.33 for Energy Star windows there beginning a year from now. In 2013, that number will be ratcheted down to 0.30.

DOE is looking for input on its criteria for the next month before it makes the final decision. I’d love to hear your thoughts too. Send me an email with your thoughts on U-factors, SHGCs, the new swinging door numbers, IG certification or any of the proposed changes and what they all mean for the industry.



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