Energy Environment  
&
Final 2018 Budget Plan: Many Cuts  
Remain, Including EPA, DOE  
he White House’s 2018 fed-  
eral budget plan is a close  
match for the outline that  
T
Din biellionps oaf dorllatrsment Budgets  
came out in March. Deep cuts are  
still planned for the Environmen-  
tal Protection Agency (EPA), in-  
cluding elimination of the Energy  
Star program.Additionally, glazing  
research projects run by the De-  
partment of Energy (DOE) could  
also get the axe.  
The administration’s budget  
proposal is not written in stone,  
though, as Congress has the final  
say on spending plans, and Demo-  
crats (and many Republicans) are  
expected to push back on many of  
the proposals in the budget. This  
could lead to a government shut-  
down in the fall, when the 2018  
fiscal year begins.  
sCurrent Budget sProposed Budget  
Department  
of Energy  
$
$
$
45  
40  
5.6%  
35  
$30  
$
29.7  
$
$
25  
20  
$28  
Take a look at the chart for how  
the budget plan could affect parts of  
the federal government that are of  
interest to the fenestration industry.  
$15  
10  
$
$
5
0
$
briefly ...  
The administration is looking to cut the budget for the DOE by 5.6  
percent, or $1.7 billion. It eliminates some programs, including the  
Advance Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which funds  
research into energy-efficient glazing. ARPA-E would close shop for good  
in 2019.  
It also cuts funding for the Building Technologies Office (BTO) from  
$160 million to $107 million. BTO does work to improve efficiency in  
buildings, as well as research and technical work that helps states  
and local governments develop stronger efficiency codes for buildings.  
Assa Abloy recently an-  
nounced the completion of  
an additional seven Envi-  
ronmental Product Declara-  
tions (EPD). The company’s  
brands have now completed  
numerous EPDs with UL  
Environment across doors  
and frames, locks and  
hardware and perimeter  
fencing. s  
Source: Budget of the U. S. Government, A New Foundation For American Greatness Fiscal Year 2018.  
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.9%  
$
1.0  
Small Business  
Administration  
$0.8  
$
0.9  
in billions of dollars  
$
0.8  
$
$
$
$
0.6  
0.4  
0.2  
0.0  
The budget would cut funding by 4.9 percent to  
800 million. It would, however, still support more than  
45 billion in loan guarantees for small businesses.  
$
$
Environmental  
Protection Agency  
Department  
of Labor  
$
$
$
$
$
$
45  
40  
35  
30  
25  
20  
$45  
$40  
$35  
$30  
$25  
$20  
$15  
$10  
$5  
1
9.8%  
$
15  
10  
3
1%  
$
$
12.1  
$
9.7  
$
5
0
$8.2  
$
5.6  
$
$0  
The proposal would reduce the EPA’s  
The 2018 budget would decrease by 19.8  
percent to $9.7 billion. Among the cuts  
would be the elimination of the Occupational  
Safety and Health Administration’s Susan  
Harwood training grants, which the admin-  
istration calls “unnecessary and unproven.”  
funding by 31 percent, going from $8.2  
billion in 2017 to $5.6 billion in 2018. To  
reach that goal, the Trump administration  
would eliminate more than 50 programs,  
including Energy Star. More than 300 fen-  
estration companies participate in the pro-  
gram, and EPA research shows that Energy  
Star-labeled windows represent about 80  
percent of the U.S. market. EPA says it will  
try to move Energy Star into private hands.  
Congress also could resist the Energy Star  
cuts later this year.  
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