ENERGY STAR Criteria Draft Draws Full House at Stakeholder
Representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE), D&R International
Ltd. and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory met today with
a full audience of door, window and skylight manufacturer representatives
who traveled to Washington, D.C., for what has been a long-awaited
industry stakeholder meeting. The mission of the day was for DOE
to provide information about the draft of the revised ENERGY STAR
criteria for doors, windows and skylights, and to give industry
representatives an opportunity to voice their opinions on these.
HERE to learn more about the proposed ENERGY STAR revisions.)
While many in attendance today had various concerns about the currently
proposed criteria, most were also grateful for the opportunity to
be involved in the process. One of the many who expressed this sentiment
was Jeld-Wen's Ray Garries. "Thanks for the way you guys have
put this system together here," he told the panel, which included
DOE's Rich Karney. "It's much better than someone in an office
somewhere handing [the criteria] down and saying 'this is the way
it's going to be.'"
While appreciation was shared, one general concern was shared as
well: the length of time allotted for public comment on the criteria
draft, which was released last week (CLICK
HERE for that story). Currently the public comment period is
set to close one month from tomorrow on September 14.
"We're asking for a 90-day review period," said John
Lewis, technical director of the American Architectural Manufacturers
Almost every other industry representative who spoke echoed this
Other popular topics were the importance of U-factors and whether
too much emphasis is placed upon them; whether or not the maximum
solar heat gain coefficient should exist in the criteria; the timing
of the phase-in of the new criteria; and the potential increased
cost on the part of consumers.
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