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Energy Star Might Survive,  
But With a Lot Less Money  
he House Appropriations Com-  
mittee’s spending bill for 2018,  
which came out in July, keeps  
the popular Energy Star program  
but drastically reduces its funding,  
according to a congressional report  
on the committee’s proposal.  
$66 M  
$31 M  
The 2018 spending bill would fund  
Energy Star at $31 million. That’s 53  
percent less than 2017’s funding level  
of $66 million.  
Source: U.S. Congress  
The committee continues to sup- Protection Agency (EPA) and the to outside vendors. That includes  
port the Energy Star program and Department of Energy (DOE) that the certification work that the  
does not terminate the program as reallocated roles and responsibilities National Fenestration Rating Council  
proposed,” the House Appropriations between the two agencies. Both have (NFRC) performs for Energy Star’s  
Committee writes in its report. managed different aspects of the pro- windows, doors and skylights pro-  
“However, program adjustments or gram since 1996.  
gram. Energy Star’s budget is being  
reforms may be warranted.”  
Additionally, the committee says slashed because “historical funding  
The committee says Energy the third-party certification require- levels exceed the needs for internal  
Star should review a 2009 agree- ments that Energy Star began in 2011  
ment between the Environmental have shifted many product reviews  
continued on page 26  
Energy Star Releases Draft Storm Window Specification  
The U.S. Environmental Protection  
Agency (EPA) has released the first  
Certification Criteria for EXTERIORStorm Windows  
draft of Version 1.0 for an Energy Star  
specification for exterior and interior  
storm windows.  
Energy Star Climate Zone  
Solar Transmission  
<_ 0.22  
> 0.55  
The specification would apply to  
low-E storm windows, which first  
became commercially available in  
<_ 0.22  
<_ 0.55 or > 0.55  
<_ 0.55  
<_ 0.22  
009. The EPA is basing the specifi-  
<_ 0.22  
<_ 0.55  
cation’s criteria on emissivity, solar  
transmittance (Tsol) and air leakage.  
EPA did not use U-factor and solar  
heat gain coefficient as these met-  
rics account for the energy perfor-  
mance of frame materials in addi-  
tion to glazing. Emissivity and Tsol  
are glass-only properties, and EPA  
believes that these metrics direct-  
ly distinguish higher-performing,  
energy-saving low-E products from  
conventional products.  
Certification Criteria for INTERIORStorm Windows  
Energy Star Climate Zone  
Solar Transmission  
<_ 0.22  
> 0.55  
<_ 0.22  
> 0.55  
Energy Star certification  
not available for interior storm  
windows in these zones.  
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  
Door & Window Manufacturer  
Energy & Environmental News  
product reviews,” the committee Appropriations Committee is part of programs within the Department of  
writes in its report.  
funding reductions to the EPA that Energy (DOE) will be funded at $9.6  
In March, President Trump’s bud- don’t match the huge ones sought billion. That’s $2.3 billion higher than  
get proposal called for Energy Star by the administration. The House bill the president’s request. According to  
to be completely defunded and its will fund the EPA at $7.5 billion, $1.9 the bill, “funding within the accounts  
functions eliminated or transferred to billion above the president’s request is targeted to encourage U.S. economic  
a non-governmental entity.  
We appreciate that the commit-  
tee has rejected the administration’s many areas, and it includes language solution to energy independence.”  
proposal to eliminate Energy Star, but about “reshaping” the agency’s work- But there was difference of  
for 2018.  
competitiveness and help advance the  
However, the bill does make trims in nation’s goal of an ‘all-of-the-above’  
this cut would be crippling as well,” force “by providing resources request- opinion for the Advanced Research  
said Kateri Callahan, president of the ed to offer buyouts and voluntary sep- Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA—E),  
Alliance to Save Energy. “Energy Star aration agreements to employees.”  
which funds research into energy-effi-  
is one of the most popular govern- Additionally, the bill will get rid cient windows. Under the House bud-  
ment programs in U.S. history and of many regulations at the EPA. For get plan, ARPA-E would close shop  
has enjoyed broad bipartisan support example, it includes language autho- for good in 2019. However, the Senate  
since it was created under President rizing the withdrawal of the Waters of appropriations subcommittee didn’t  
George H.W. Bush. More than 90 per- the United States rule, an Obama-era just reject the elimination of ARPA-E;  
cent of Americans know the Energy regulation that was widely viewed as a it boosted its funding for 2018 by 8  
Star brand. Meanwhile, 16,000 com- burden on the construction industry percent to $330 million.  
panies have voluntarily signed up to because the approval process added  
The Weatherization Assistance  
Program (WAP) and other related pro-  
participate in it.”  
costs and time to projects.  
That includes more than 300 door  
Energy Star’s final fate will be decid- grams stand to receive $278 million  
and window companies. According to ed in the coming weeks as Congress in 2018. That’s about the same as the  
research from the EPA, Energy Star- works to pass a comprehensive spend- current budget. WAP helps low-in-  
rated windows represent about 80 ing bill before the end of September come families improve the energy  
percent of the U.S. residential market. and avoid a government shutdown.  
efficiency of their homes by funding  
The Energy Star cut outlined by the  
In other budget news, the efficiency upgrades such as new windows.  
Big Changes Coming to Canada?  
Efficiency Demands Rising  
Fenestration Canada’s annual general and install. Based on current glass and  
meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in June window technology, that means all  
featured news about significant chang- windows in Canada will have to be tri-  
es that could be coming to the country’s ple-pane units by that time—and that  
U-Factor Ratings by Year  
Canada seeks 30 percent  
of energy reductions from  
buildings. That will require  
windows to be much more  
energy efficient.  
thermal standards for windows.  
Debbie Scharf, director of the ment and new-construction products.  
Equipment Division of the Office of Scharf acknowledged that reaching  
Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources that goal will drive up expenses.  
Canada, gave an overview of the “As it exists today, an 0.8 window is  
strategy for buildings under the Pan- not cost-effective,” she said.  
standard would apply to both replace-  
Canadian Framework on Clean Growth  
Among the many challenges is  
and Climate Change. It seeks 30 per- Canada’s diverse, dispersed window  
cent of energy reductions from build- makers. Scharf says there are about  
ing efficiency, Scharf said.  
1,400 manufacturers regionally and  
To achieve that, the framework calls locally, though 16 companies hold two-  
for an average window U-factor of 1.6 thirds of the national market share.  
1.6 1.2 0.8  
020 2025 2030  
by 2020. By 2025, it seeks a U-factor  
Before any work with stakeholders  
of 1.2. By 2030, the plan will require begins, Scharf said a national market  
a 0.8 U-factor for windows, and they study will be conducted, with results  
must be cost-effective to manufacture due in early 2018.  
Source: Natural Resources Canada  
Door & Window Manufacturer  

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