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August 7, 2013
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EPA Issues Final Draft of Energy Star Criteria

Among the noteworthy changes in the latest proposal is a revised implementation date, with the new criteria now set to take effect January 1, more

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The Talk

By John Swanson

Version 6.0 of the EnergyStar criteria for windows, doors and skylights is nearly finalized. And some manufacturers are still disappointed with the numbers, particularly for the Northern climate zone. There, a .27 U-factor requirement for windows could force some companies to go to triple-glazing, which many see as a less than cost-effective option.  

"Consumers expect to recoup the cost of Energy Star labeled products through energy savings in a reasonable period and they doubt the efficiency of products without the label," says Michael O'Brien, CEO of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. "Version 6.0 takes away reasonable payback periods for much of the country and will strip the Energy Star label from affordable energy efficient products that do offer a fair payback period."

Not all the industry would agree. In 2012, our weekly poll asked what people thought of the first draft of Version 6.0. The majority of respondents actually suggested the numbers could have been more stringent. So with EPA nearly ready to make a final decision, I thought we should poll readers about the new criteria one more time.  And, of course, we'd like to hear from you too. Do the new numbers make sense?  Are you satisfied with the EPA process? What would you like to see in Version 7.0?   Post a comment or email me and share your thoughts.

Are You Ready to Sell Electronics?

More than a third of our respondents see opportunities for window and door dealers in electronics more

What do you think of EPA's Energy Star Version 6.0 criteria?
They should have been more stringent.
They are too stringent.
They are just about right.


The Road to GlassBuild

Take a tour of the online floor plan and start planning your time at GlassBuild America 2013. Dynamic Glass is a very hot and exciting industry segment, and GlassBuild America will be THE place to see the best options on the market today. In the latest edition of the Road to GlassBuild, we meet one of the main players, and get a video tour of what they’re all about.

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