Posts Tagged ‘ Energy Star ’

Which Window Brands Are ‘Best?’ U.S. News & World Report Weighs In

Mar 14th, 2024

[This article was updated March 15, 2024, at 7:25 a.m.] U.S. News & World Report released its top choices among window brands last week, including what the publication dubs the eight best. Categories ranged from Best Overall to Best for Innovative Designs and Best Warranty. In the process, editors picked up on many of the […]

Why Windows Matter – Making a Concerted Effort to Inform, Educate, and Influence

Mar 4th, 2024

This year, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is celebrating its 35th anniversary. NFRC was founded to serve the public interest by providing fair, accurate and credible ratings on the energy performance of fenestration products. During this time, NFRC has focused on developing and maintaining certification programs and ratings that can withstand scrutiny. As a […]

Alpen Tops Energy Star’s List of Most Efficient Windows

Feb 28th, 2024

Alpen High Performance Products (Alpen), a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-performance window technologies for commercial and residential markets, has announced the achievement of Energy Star’s efficiency ratings for high performance windows—earning the program’s top spots. Alpen window models taking the top two spots include its fixed high and low-profile picture windows. Alpen’s operable fiberglass Zenith series […]

A Look Back: DWM’s Top Stories of 2023

Dec 28th, 2023

As the year wraps up, [DWM] takes a look back at the year and tallies our top stories over the last 12 months. At the top of the list is a lawsuit involving a big name in the business, but facility closures and acquisitions collectively dominated the list. Readers kept the list pretty well-rounded, with […]

Opportunities for Progress are Knocking

Dec 4th, 2023

Despite a global history of policies being put in place to mitigate pollution and the effects on human health, responses to new policies and regulations never change. Following the Great Smog of London in 1952, the Committee on Air Pollution was formed to look at the problem. In 1954, the committee reported that the burning […]

How Low Can You Go? EPA Proposes New Criteria for Energy Star Most Efficient Program

Jul 20th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update on its Energy Star Most Efficient program this week, including proposed criteria for 2024. As of June 2023, 2,651 models meet the current Most Efficient criteria across all categories, including 517 fenestration products produced by 48 partner companies. After a review of the data associated with […]

New Law in Colorado to Require Energy Star-Rated Doors and Windows

Jun 28th, 2023

A new law in Colorado focusing on environmental standards is set to take effect in January 2026, requiring all residential structures three stories or lower to use Energy Star-rated products. House Bill 23-1161 applies to a range of appliances, fixtures and other products used in residential buildings—including doors, windows and skylights. The new law mandates […]

Guest Blog: The Deployment and Adoption Challenge in Residential Homes

May 17th, 2023

by Helen Sanders Deployment and adoption. These are major challenges in getting high-performance envelope solutions into new and existing homes and buildings in the U.S. Deployment is a key focus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) programs, driving work at the National Laboratories and their partners. Last week, I was […]

This Earth Day, We Have Opportunities for Education, Growth and a Louder Voice in Green Building

Apr 3rd, 2023

As with many things these days, it’s hard to believe that once upon a time people agreed on things. In 1969, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin who was concerned about the state of the environment in the U.S., saw a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. He recruited others to organize […]

The Inflation Reduction Act and Tax Credits

Jan 11th, 2023

Over the past 30 years, I have seen a lot of ups and downs. Just when I thought I had seen it all, COVID-19 came. The past three years have been some of the most interesting I’ve ever experienced in the door and window business, but, as usual, they have brought the creativity of our […]