June 16, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 24
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Energy Star Criteria Revision Process Underway
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is beginning of a criteria revision for windows, doors, and skylights...read more

RRP Impact Already Negative, WDDA Survey Finds
Designed to gather input to make a case against clearance testing requirements, a Window & Door Dealer Alliance survey indicates that new EPA rules...read more

Southwall Invests to Expand Heat Mirror IG Production

Southwall Technologies Inc. has acquired a 70 percent majority interest in Chicago-based Southwall Insulating Glass...read more

Massachusetts Dealer Adds Solar Roof

Dartmouth Building Supply recently completed installation of a solar roof, expected to provide 80 percent of the power needed in its own manufacturing operations...read more

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What changes would bring the most bang for the buck in Energy Star criteria?
R-5 performance levels (for North)
Adjustments in SHGC requirements
A "Super Star" performance category
Air leakage requirements
Structural performance minimums
Installation standards/requirements
Changes in skylight/TDD criteria
Changes in door criteria
None of the above

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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.

With 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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