Posts Tagged ‘ Department of Energy ’

NAHB Supports Changes Made to Inflation Reduction Act; Works to Continue to “Improve” Bill

Aug 11th, 2022

As the Senate pushes to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) says it remains opposed to the bill. The association is working with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to obtain key changes as it related to carried interest and how companies can deduct depreciated assets from taxes. During the […]

Industry Can Expect Increased Focus on Building, Energy Codes

Jun 13th, 2022

The fenestration and glazing industries should prepare for an increased focus on U.S. code updates, says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance technical operations director. She told participants at the FGIA 2022 Virtual Summer Conference last week that the Department of Energy will use $225 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law to help […]

The Multi-Trillion Dollar Budget Reviewed: What it Means for Residential Construction and Fenestration

Apr 7th, 2022

The Biden Administration released the Budget of the U.S. Government for Fiscal Year 2023 last week. In about 150 pages, the budget details more than $5 trillion, and several departments are receiving portions of those funds to create more efficient and sustainable infrastructure and construction projects. The document requests that the Department of Energy allocate […]

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Get Involved with NFRC

Dec 13th, 2021

Despite 2021 being a year of online meetings and missed connections with colleagues in person, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) succeeded in laying the groundwork for new and improved programs, engaged members, and increased dialogue within the industry. As plans develop for more in-person meetings, as well as continued online meetings, now is a […]

Alliance to Save Energy Responds to House’s Funding of DOE’s Energy Efficiency Programs

Jun 21st, 2019

The U.S. House passed a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills consisting of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The Department of Energy will receive increased funding for energy efficiency programs and the Alliance to […]

DOE Offers $33.5 million For Energy-Efficient Research and Development

May 9th, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it will offer up to $33.5 million in funding for the research and development of projects aimed at reducing energy bills through advanced building construction techniques. According to DOE, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40% of the nation’s total energy demand, costing more than $380 […]

The Highs and Lows of DOE’s Budget Hearing

Jul 6th, 2017

On June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations held another hearing to discuss the proposed Department of Energy 2018 budget. It went about how you might expect. Testimony and witness statements showed that clear party lines have been drawn. For nearly two and a half hours, the impacts of potential budget cuts […]

Rick Perry Faces Tough Questions Over DOE Cuts

Jun 23rd, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry was grilled in three congressional committee hearings this week about proposed cuts to the Department of Energy for 2018. During testimony before the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, Perry seemed to distance himself from President Trump’s budget, which cuts DOE funding by 5.6 percent or $1.7 billion. “I […]

Final 2018 Budget Plan: Energy Star, EPA Cuts Remain

May 23rd, 2017

The White House’s 2018 federal budget plan, which was released today, is a close match for the outline that came out in March. Deep cuts are still planned for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the elimination of the popular Energy Star program. Additionally, window research projects that are run by the Department of Energy […]

Proposed DOE Cuts Would Eliminate Single-Pane Retrofit Program

Mar 17th, 2017

The 2018 budget proposal released this week by President Trump seeks $1.7 billion in cuts for the Department of Energy (DOE) — about 5.6 percent of its current funding. To achieve those reductions, the spending plan would eliminate several agencies, including the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which runs a program aimed at improving the […]