Change Legislation Could Impact ENERGY STAR® Program
July 2, 2009
The American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will next be
voted on by the Senate, will mean many changes for the glass and
glazing industry if it becomes law (CLICK
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for related articles). In addition to its potential impact on glass
manufacturers and commercial design and construction, the bill would
also impact the ENERGY STAR program.
The legislation calls for the establishment and implementation
of a rating system for ENERGY STAR products "to provide consumers
with the most helpful information on the relative energy efficiency,
including cost effectiveness from the consumer's perspective, and
relative length of time for consumers to recover costs attributable
to the energy-efficient features of those products."
The rating system would be developed within 18 months of the enactment
of the bill, "unless the Administrator and the Secretary communicate
to Congress that establishing such a system would diminish the value
of the ENERGY STAR brand to consumers."
The bill also would require a review of the ENERGY STAR product
criteria for the ten product models in each product category with
the greatest energy consumption at least once every three years,
and, based on this review, the criteria would be reviewed, updated
and published for each category as necessary.
Likewise, the bill also requires periodic verification of compliance
with the ENERGY STAR product criteria by products identified as
ENERGY STAR products.
The legislation requests the allotment of $5,000,000 for fiscal
year 2010 and each fiscal year thereafter for these changes.
Other provisions included in the bill that could provide opportunities
for increased use and specification of energy-efficient glass and
- The Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance program,
which supports the creation of retrofitting initiatives throughout
the country for residential and nonresidential buildings that
may offer a variety of incentives, including credit enhancements,
interest rate subsidies, and initial capital for public revolving
- The Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods Act
(H.R. 2336), which provides incentives to lenders and financial
institutions to provide lower interest loans and other benefits
to consumers who build, buy or remodel their homes in ways that
improve energy efficiency; and
- The Building Energy Performance Labeling Program, which directs
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create model building
energy performance labels for new construction.
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