Energy Environment  
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New Energy Bill Has Implications for  
Glass and Glazing Industry Implications  
he Senate approved a compre- standard change proposal that re- (H.R. 8) last December. That bill con-  
hensive energy bill in April, sults in a payback period of more tains an amendment, which was not  
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defining what technical assis- than ten years.  
voted on by the Senate, that is included  
“WDMA member involvement and in the House version of the bill.  
A conference committee will work  
tance the Department of Energy  
DOE) can provide in developing new engagement with their lawmakers  
(
model energy codes. It also ensures proved to be crucial in this effort,” on reconciling the House and Senate  
that certain products and technologies says Michael O’Brien, WDMA presi- bills. Since the Senate did not in-  
are not given preferential treatment.  
dent and CEO. “When the industry clude the building code language  
The Energy Policy Modernization works together, we can achieve and the House did not include the  
Act (S. 2012) is “the first ambitious progress in the policymaking arena, FHA language, WDMA says it  
energy bill approved by the Senate in even when faced with congressional will continue to work with lawmak-  
nearly a decade,” the Associated gridlock. We would like to thank the ers to ensure both are included in  
Press reports.  
sponsors of the legislation and all the the final version.  
While some groups support the  
legislation, others don’t. The Ameri-  
According to the Window and industry representatives who con-  
Door Manufacturers Association tacted their senators.”  
The bill includes an amendment can Institute of Architects (AIA), for  
(
WDMA), which pushed to get the  
legislation passed, the bill promotes directing the Federal Housing Ad- instance, pushed back at the act,  
the development of efficiency targets ministration (FHA) to incorporate which it says repeals targets for re-  
for buildings that strike the proper energy efficiency savings from ducing fossil fuel consumption in  
cost-benefit balance. This would en- doors, windows and skylights when federal buildings contained in Sec-  
sure builders and homeowners are evaluating financial eligibility for an tion 433 of the Energy Independence  
not burdened by unreasonable regu- FHA-insured mortgage.  
lations. It also would prevent the The vote comes after the House of  
and Security Act of 2007.  
“Cutting fossil fuel consumption in  
DOE from supporting any code or Representatives passed an energy bill new and renovated federal buildings  
by 2030 is clearly something we can  
achieve as a nation,” says AIA presi-  
dent Russell Davidson.“My fellow ar-  
chitects are already designing  
Updated National Green Building buildings that are net zero con-  
sumers of energy. According to gov-  
ernment statistics, better designed  
buildings have already saved our  
Standard Now Available  
he American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the  
ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), which  
is now available for public use.  
country approximately $560 billion  
in energy costs since 2005.  
“… Therefore it makes no public pol-  
icy sense for Congress to cave in to the  
oil and gas lobby and kill requirements  
to reduce fossil fuel consumption in  
federal buildings.As we have noted be-  
fore, residential and commercial build-  
ings account for almost 40 percent of  
both total U.S.energy consumption and  
carbon dioxide emissions.”  
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Some significant changes to the 2015 edition include the energy efficiency  
chapter, which references the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.  
It also expanded builder options by including environmental product declara-  
tions for both specific and industry-wide products. Green practices such as  
energy, water and resource conservation; indoor air quality; lot and site de-  
velopment; and building operation and owner education remain largely intact.  
The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE and the National Association  
of Home Builders joined forces to develop the NGBS. Home Innovation Re-  
search Labs served as administrator of the standard development process, as  
it has done in previous versions.  
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Two Industry Groups Create ered, we’re giving the market the most can no longer be registered under  
Energy Info Documents  
current, comprehensive, and accurate LEED 2009 and instead must use  
A number of industry organiza- data ever for extruded aluminum LEED v4.  
tions are ramping up efforts toward products.” Likewise, the ASC has created the  
Jeff Henderson,AEC president, adds, first draft Product Category Rule  
product transparency. The Aluminum  
Extruders Council (AEC) is develop- “In addition to the breadth of this (PCR) for sealants in North America.  
ing industry-sanctioned Environ- study, we will also be providing previ- The PCR sets the industry rules for a  
mental Product Declarations (EPD) to ously unavailable details, as we will Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is  
document the environmental per- produce separate EPDs for both con- used to create an EPD.  
formance of aluminum extrusions ventional extrusions and thermally  
The PCR for sealants was created in a  
produced in the U.S. and Canada, improved extrusions.” In both cases, collaborative effort among an ASC  
while the Adhesive and Sealant Coun- he says, data will be provided for mill- member task force, UL Environment  
cil (ASC) has created the first draft finish extrusions, as well as for painted and Thinkstep.  
Product Category Rule (PCR) for and anodized product. “PCRs are the first – and important  
sealants for North America. According to AEC, data collection step – in supporting the industry as we  
Speaking of AEC’s effort, Lewie for the project is well underway, and respond to an increase in customer re-  
Smith, president of Jordan Aluminum the two EPDs—for thermally im- quests for product information,” says  
Extrusions, who also serves as chair- proved and conventional extru- Matthew E. Croson, president of ASC.  
person of the association’s building sions—are expected to be released “The PCR will outline in detail how a  
and construction committee, says, later this year. The council aims to company should approach an LCA  
With the amount of participation in complete the EPDs before October 31, when developing an EPD, and is a vital  
this study, as well as the depth cov- the date after which LEED projects part of the EPD process.” s  
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