Volume 35, Number 5, May 2000


Utility Company Finds Fit
with NFRC Alliance

California’s Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) says it finds many benefits in belonging to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Duane Larson, director of residential energy management for PG&E, says there’s a real need to establish energy-efficient standards, particularly for windows.

“The performance standards set by NFRC help us weigh in on what meets our climate and customer needs,” said Larson. “And, by including the NFRC label in our education materials, we can help customers and contractors in their understanding of how windows affect the energy dynamics of a home.”

PG&E provides various training options to builders, fenestration contractors and retail sales personnel that include explanation of the NFRC label to assist them in conveying the importance of energy efficiency to their customers.

Larson said all major utilities in California explain the NFRC label and ENERGY STAR® program in materials they distribute to customers.

SGCD Members Testify
Before EPA Panel

Members of the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) testified against an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that could affect every decorator who utilizes any lead borosilicate by lowering the reporting threshold under the Toxic Release Inventory. EPA’s proposal would change the reporting requirements under which decorators track and report the use and final disposition of those enamels from 25,000 pounds per year to 10 pounds per year.

SGCD speakers testified that costs of compliance to small business would be significant while providing no information of any use to the public. SGCD members emphasized that lead borosilicate enamels are different from lead used in other industrial forms and should be treated like stainless steel and bronze and brass alloys, which may be exempted from the proposed changes.

Three States Move to Update Energy Codes

The District of Columbia recently joined 14 states and numerous jurisdictions in adopting the 1995 Model Energy Code (MEC). Like the 1998 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the MEC references the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) in residential applications.

In addition, both New York and Pennsylvania took actions that may lead to the adoption of the 2000 version of the IECC. The New York Department of State is proceeding with the development of an energy code based on the 2000 IECC, and in November, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge signed into law a mandatory statewide Uniform Construction Code that adopts the 1999 BOCA codes, including the 1998 IECC.


Download California Energy Codes

The most recent version of the California Energy Efficiency Building Standards is available on the Internet. The new regulations, as well as all compliance forms and manuals, can be downloaded from the Energy Commission’s website at www.energy.ca.gov/title24.

Thermal-Gard Inc. has been invited back to show its ENERGY STAR® qualifying windows on the second leg of the 15-state, National Environmental Trust’s Pollution Solutions Tour  … Southern California Edison is offering small business customers rebates of up to $100 under a program that rewards energy-efficient upgrades. Eligible equipment includes installation of reflective window film.


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