Energy Environment  
&
Revised Energy Bill Passes House,  
Heads to Conference Committee  
n May the U.S. House of Repre-  
The revised House proposal, which savings from doors, windows and sky-  
sentatives approved an amended originally passed in December 2015, lights when determining eligibility for  
version of the comprehensive en- includes extra energy and natural re- an FHA-insured mortgage.  
I
ergy bill that the Senate passed in sources bills. But it doesn’t have an  
However, the revised House bill  
April. It now goes to a joint congressio- amendment from the Senate bill does contain an amendment supported  
nal conference committee, where dif- that is strongly supported by the Win- byWDMA.It defines the role the Depart-  
ferences will be resolved.  
dow and Door Manufacturers Associ- ment of Energy (DOE) should play in  
House Republicans replaced the bipar- ation (WDMA). That measure would developing new energy codes and guar-  
tisan Senate bill with one that the Obama direct the Federal Housing Adminis- antees that some products and technol-  
administration has pledged to veto.  
tration (FHA) to use energy-efficiency ogies don’t receive preferential treatment.  
It also promotes efficiency targets  
for buildings that strike the proper  
cost-benefit balance, and stops DOE  
from supporting any code or standard  
change with a payback period of more  
than ten years.  
Shedding Light on the  
State of Daylighting  
hen it comes to optimal daylighting, a one-size-fits-all approach just DOE Works with  
doesn’t cut it. According to one expert on the topic, the design com- Manufacturers on  
munity continues to gain a better understanding of this, and the glaz- Technical Challenges  
W
ing and fenestration industries are eager to help.  
The U.S.Department of Energy (DOE)  
announced the second round of funding  
for its Technologist in Residence (TIR)  
program.  
According to the DOE, the program  
“aims to strengthen lab-industry re-  
lationships to support industry needs  
and leverage the national lab network  
for strategic, long-term, collaborative  
R&D.”  
Up to $2.3 million will support the  
department’s national laboratories in  
working with manufacturing compa-  
nies to address technical challenges.  
“Leveraging the expertise, resources  
and capabilities of the national labs—  
including one-of-a-kind analytical  
tools such as supercomputers—the  
program advances U.S. clean energy  
manufacturing competitiveness and  
unleashes innovations that partici-  
pating manufacturers can use to save  
energy,increase productivity,and com-  
mercialize high-impact technologies,”  
according to DOE. n  
That’s the message from Dr. Neall Digert, vice president of product enter-  
prise for Solatube International, who gave a webinar in April on the role of  
daylighting in codes, advanced building design and daylighting strategies.  
The session was spon-  
sored by the American Ar-  
chitectural Manufacturers  
Association.  
Daylighting is universally un-  
derstood as one of, if not the most  
important, aspects of sustainable  
design,” said Digert. “… Sustain-  
ability not only looks at energy  
efficiency, but also takes into ac-  
Glass products can be used in daylighting count how design solutions nur-  
applications to bring more natural light ture the building occupants.”  
deep into buildings.  
Because of the way the human  
body reacts to the spectral con-  
tent of light and the way daylight helps regulate its natural cycles, “people  
are healthier, happier and more mentally engaged” when in naturally lit envi-  
ronments, he said. He added that “occupants, not the building, drive annual  
performance” due to the resulting activity of their comfort level.  
With that understanding, optimal daylighting must be achieved by mixing  
and matching fenestration systems while working within the constraints of en-  
ergy codes.  
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USGlass, Metal & Glazing | July 2016  
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