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October 24, 2012
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The Talk

By John Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

The R-5 window may be back as the Environmental Protection Agency has released its draft criteria for Most Efficient designation for windows under the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program.  In addition to other requirements, including NAFS certification, the newest high-performance criteria sets a minimum U-factor of 0.20 for all regions of the country.

Many in the industry have supported the idea of a Most Efficient program for windows, as EPA has created in a number of other Energy Star product categories.  The Most Efficient designation provides a way to differentiate ultra-energy-efficient products, while lessening pressure to ratchet down the regular Energy Star criteria too much. 

So will you offer Most Efficient products?  That's our poll question of the week.  And, of course, I'd like to hear from you. Is Most Efficient a plus for the industry?  Will it promote demand triple-glazing and other high-performance options? Will it benefit homeowners?  Email me or post a comment and let me know what you think.

Where Do You Learn About Best Practices?

Not too surprisingly, window and door professionals go  to a variety of sources to learn how they can improve their more

My company:
Plans to offer "Most Efficient" windows as soon as possible
Will probably offer "Most Efficient" windows soon
Will take a wait-and-see approach to "Most Efficient" windows
Will probably not sell "Most Efficient" windows
Doesn't sell windows, so it does not apply to us.

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