John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
There's already been much speculation out there about what the next
round of Energy Star criteria for windows, doors and skylights might
look like, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that EPA hasofficially started work on the next set of performance requirements
tentatively planned to take effect in 2013. With energy efficiency now elevated to a national priority, the next
set of requirements manufacturers will need to meet to carry the Energy
Star label are almost certain to be significantly more stringent.
DOE already promoting R-5 for windows, many in the industry are
expecting U-factors of about .20 to .22 to be the new minimum for
Northern climates. EPA has also outlined a number of issues it plans
to address, including stair leakage, structural performance and
installaiton. The latest EPA letter does not mention the possibility
of a Super Star label, an idea floated previously that would create a
new performance category above and beyond Energy Star.
What changes do you think EPA should make? What do you think would deliver the most "bang for the buck" to homeowners when it comes to energy savings? That's our poll question of the week. And, of course, I'd like to hear your thoughts too. What should EPA change? What shouldn't they change? Email me and offer your suggestions.
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