October 14, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 41
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The Latest...

Energy Star Windows Moving to EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking over as "the brand manager for the Energy Star products program"...read more


AMD Reflects More Optimism in Door Industry

San Antonio, Texas—A relatively busy trade show floor at the Association of Millwork Distributors annual convention and exhibition held here last week provided another signal of better times ahead...read more


Hurd Targets Asian Market with New Office

Enjoying growing sales abroad, Hurd Windows & Doors has announced the opening of an office in Hong Kong...read more


Owens Corning Launching Fiberglass Window Line

Owens Corning is launching the Innovision fiberglass window line, said to feature the first fully bonded frame and sash in the industry....read more

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The transfer of Energy Star to EPA:
Will not have much impact on program.
Will speed development of more stringent criteria.
Will slow development of more stringent criteria.


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

The EPA has no doubt had an impact on many window and door companies over the years.  Manufacturers, certainly, have had to comply with EPA regulations. Now, new lead abatement requirements are set to go in effect next year for those working on homes built prior to 1978. EPA says companies involved in replacing windows and doors and other remodeling work will have to workers trained and certified on how to reduce hazards associated with lead paint.  

The most recent news is that management of the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program will move from DOE to EPA. I've already heard concerns expressed that EPA is likely to be more aggressive in selecting qualification criteria. On the other hand, I've heard many in the industry say over the years that Energy Star should be a two-tiered system, with one level set for "good" energy efficient products and a higher level set to reward ultra-high performance. With the shift to EPA, apparently Energy Star may introduce such a change.

So what do you think about the shift to EPA? That's our poll question of the week, and as usual, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue. Email me and let me know what you think may be good and/or bad for the industry, for consumers, for the country, etc. 

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The Talk..., Page 2

"A Great Day to be a Dealer?"

The news of a new dealer association may not have everyone standing in line to sign up, but there is interest out there ..read more

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