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.
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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