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October 19, 2011
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EPA Issues Proposed Changes for Energy Star

Seeking industry comments and discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency has released new criteria it is considering...read more

 
Milgard Closing Illinois Facility

Masco Corp. reports it is closing the Milgard Windows & Doors operation west of Chicago...read more

 
Signs of Life at Remodeling Show

Chicago–With the appearance of more window and door industry exhibitors than in recent years and respectable traffic in the aisles...read more

 
Global Window & Door Demand to Grow 6.8% Annually Through 2015

Significantly exceeding the pace of growth registered between 2005 and 2010, global demand for windows and doors is forecast to reach $192 billion...read more

 
Millwork Distributors Heading to Nashville

AMD event strengthening with more door makers exhibiting again....read more

 
 
More News
Andersen Supplying Fibrex to Solar Market
Ingersoll Rand Joins with Verizon on "Connected" Homes
PPG Opening New Ontario Glass Fabrication Plant
A.D. Moyer Closes One Location
Curbell to Distribute SentryGlass Interlayer
The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

We know a little more about what the Environmental Protection Agency is thinking about the next set of Energy Star criteria, tentatively set to take effect in fall 2013. It issued a document last week, indicating U-value and SHGC performance levels it was considering for windows, doors and skylights.

What stood out for me is an apparent EPA decision not to go for an R-5 level of performance touted recently by the Department of Energy program, not even in the Northern climate zone. EPA does not seem to be pushing for triple glazing within Energy Star at this point in time. There is a significantly more stringent U-factor requirement for the Southern climate zone, but that number is in the 2012 IECC for that region already.  Of course, there are some other important changes–notably air leakage rating and installation instruction requirements–with details still to be worked out.

With this week's poll, we want to know what you think of the proposals. Is EPA being too stringent with the new criteria? Should it raise the bar higher?  What specific changes do you like?  What don't you like.  EPA issued its document to get feedback and we want to hear from you too, so email me or post your comment and let us know what you think.

What Area of Focus Allows Dealers to Excel?

Readers suggest it's all about the customer...read more

EPA's proposals for the 2013 Energy Star criteria:
Are too stringent
Seem just about right
Should be more stringent
 
 
 
The Outside View
Home Builder Confidence Rises in October
From National Association of Home Builders
Housing and Economic Conditions Better Than Expected, But Still Weak
From Nation's Building News
Facebook 'Social Energy' App Compares Home Efficiency
From cnet.com

 
 
 
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