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April 17, 2013
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The Talk

By John Swanson

We report this week on a new campaign launched to block, revise and/or delay Version 6 criteria for Energy Star windows, set to go in effect early next year. The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency has been formed by a group of industry manufacturers and others who are concerned that Energy Star windows will no longer be cost effective products, particularly in the Northern tier of the country.

The petition reflects the concerns many window manufacturers have about the cost of upgrading their product lines to accommodate triple-glazing to meet the new criteria.  To date, it's already attracted 15,000 signatures.  Of course, I know there are other manufacturers who support the more stringent proposed requirements.  A few were disappointed that EPA didn't go lower with their U-value numbers.

Anyway, I thought we'd use this week's poll to gauge the industry's opinion on Version 6.  We want to hear from you too.  Did you sign the petition?  Should the new requirements be delayed or revised?  If not, should EPA move forward with the new criteria?  Post a comment or email me to share your thoughts. 

Energy Star Version 6 criteria...
Should be revised before it takes effect.
Should move forward, but delayed a year before taking effect.
Should be officially adopted by EPA and take effect next year.
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