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June 17, 2015
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The Talk

By Jim Snyder

The road to implementing Energy Star v6.0 was bumpy, ever changing and lengthy. We discussed energy performance criteria, feasibility for manufacturers, implementation dates, payback period, and installation requirements, just to name a few. There was a lot to write about and we did just that.

These were all issues that would affect our industry’s future and thus justified extensive discussion and even diplomatic persuasion by the stakeholders. As a result, Energy Star as a whole has gotten much more attention.

All those points of “debate” are finalized, as we are now several months into the activation. Is the subject behind us? Hardly. But our perspective and discussions are a little different.

We continue to write about it because we are now living in the reality of it. This prompted me to wonder what the industry (and consumer) reaction has been now that we have a wee bit of history with the new version.

My curiosity may be a bit premature for two reasons. First, only “33 percent of surveyed manufacturers will introduce windows that meet the new v6.0 Energy Star requirements,” as reported by Window & Door in January of this year. And second, v6.0 currently only applies to the southern-most three climate zones, which equates to only about half of the United States geographically, as identified by the Energy Star Climate Zone Map. The Northern Climate Zone will be included effective January 1, 2016.

Yet, aren’t you curious?

What has been the product demand? Are consumers more than ever aware of, and requesting, Energy Star? Are they asking about purchasing incentives—although no longer available through Energy Star, but perhaps through a secondary resource (e.g. utility providers)? Are they asking about return on investment for the upgrade?

What has been the product promotion? Are dealers, manufacturers, designers and influencers recommending or requiring Energy Star products?

This week’s poll may be a bit simplified to capture the whole story, so be sure to leave a comment or feel free to email me.

How much traction is Energy Star (5.0 or 6.0, as applicable) getting in your business?
Our customers ask about it.
Our sales people use it as a sales tool.
Our customers ask about it and our sales people use it as a sales tool.
It occasionally comes up.
It's usually not part of our discussion.
 

Do you know of a product, machine or website that deserves a Crystal Achievement Award?
Many respondents to last week’s poll do have a product, machine or website in mind that's worthy of a Crystal Achievement Award. Time is running out to nominate the industry’s best. Submit your nomination online.

 
 
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