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WDMA Calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address Continuing Concerns about Proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights

Posted By jpaine1, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013
Contact:
Stephen Kendrick, (202) 367-2360
 

WDMA Calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address Continuing Concerns about Proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights

[Washington, DC, February 27, 2013]--In response to yesterday's action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) seeking additional comments on proposed draft ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 criteria for skylights, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is calling on the agency to address additional concerns the industry has about the skylight criteria, the proposed window and door criteria and the overall direction of the ENERGY STAR program.

"Yesterday's action by EPA proposing some changes to the skylight criteria is a good first step toward addressing our concerns about product feasibility, availability and cost effectiveness for consumers, but we are still disappointed EPA has not addressed them fully, nor has it provided an explanation why," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien. "It is also still uncertain how EPA will respond to the same concerns raised by WDMA for proposed window and door specifications currently under consideration by the Agency."

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), which has been actively engaging EPA on the revision of ENERGY STAR criteria for windows, doors and skylights, believes the latest revisions make the qualification criteria for skylights more reasonable for much of the country, but that they still fall short and should be improved further.

In a letter sent yesterday by EPA to ENERGY STAR stakeholders announcing the latest revisions to the skylight criteria, the Agency stated the intent of the revisions is to ensure tubular daylighting devices (TDD's) and more double pane skylights will be able to qualify for the Northern climate zone, and to address concerns over the feasibility and affordability of ENERGY STAR qualified skylight products in other parts of the country as well.

However, while the latest revisions are significant improvements in the skylight U-factor criteria for the ENERGY STAR Northern climate zone and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) in the Northern, North-Central and Southern climate zones, they still fall short of fully responding to industry concerns on the whole for skylights with respect to product feasibility, availability and cost effectiveness.

"WDMA has voiced significant concerns with proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 criteria since it was first proposed by EPA last year. The proposed criteria also underscores broader concerns WDMA has with the direction the program appears to be headed in general," said O'Brien. "It appears EPA is more concerned about market share of ENERGY STAR products rather than recognizing efficient products that are most affordable and cost effective for consumers."

WDMA maintains that the proposed Version 6.0 criteria, which is based largely on a market share approach, is counter to EPA's guiding principles for the ENERGY STAR program and resulting in proposed criteria that is less feasible for manufacturers to meet and less affordable and cost effective for consumers.

WDMA firmly reasserted these concerns in a thirty-three page comment letter sent to EPA earlier this month in response to "Draft 2" of the proposed Version 6.0 window, door and skylight qualification criteria. Those comments as well as those submitted in addition by WDMA members are still under consideration by the Agency.

"We will continue to work with EPA to seek further revisions to the Version 6.0 criteria that fully address our concerns and what we believe are in the best interest of the ENERGY STAR program and consumers," said O'Brien.


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Arkema Joins WDMA

Posted By jpaine1, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

 

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013
Contact:
Jonathan M. Paine, (202) 367-2496

ArkemaJoins WDMA

WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Arkema is the newest member of the association.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry. WMDA advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ideas for members to provide greater value for their customers.

Arkema provides a comprehensive range of plastic additives for a wide variety of PVC applications.The Durastrength® range of acrylic impact modifiers help enable end-users to meet the most demanding standards cost effectively. Dedicated to outdoor, durable applications, Durastrength® products deliver outstanding impact characteristics, a wide processing window, and excellent weatherability.Plastistrength® acrylic process aids greatly improve the processability of PVC compounds by promoting fusion and melt strength, fixing surface defects, and providing anti-sticking properties.


"Industry trade group involvement is vital for the success of both suppliers and manufacturers and I am pleased that Arkema has become a member of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association," said Scott Schwartz, Arkema's General Manager for Functional Additives, Americas.

A global chemical company and France's leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, Arkema produces state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation, and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than 40 countries, some 14,000 employees, and 10 research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of approximately $8.3 billion and holds leadership positions in all its markets, with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands. Durastrength and Plastistrength are registered trademarks of Arkema.

For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here

For more information on Arkema, visit http://www.arkema.com/en/

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The Rodon Group Joins WDMA

Posted By jpaine1, Thursday, February 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For Immediate Release: February 7, 2013
Contact:
Jonathan M. Paine, (202) 367-2496

 

The Rodon Group Joins WDMA

WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that The Rodon Group isits newest member.

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ideas for members to provide greater value for their customers.


The Rodon Group is a high volume, small plastic parts specialist. They provide world class efficiency, exceptional tool quality, and they work closely with each client from concept to completion. The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, landfill-free plastic injection molder. With over 106 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States and serves a diverse group of industries including windows and doors, consumer products, construction, medical, and toys.


In business since 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot facility. From the beginning, Rodon capitalized on its core manufacturing strengths including mold design, mold building and high volume parts manufacturing. Rodon has been on the forefront promoting American Manufacturing, offers a "Cheaper than China" pricing policy and has reshored billions of manufactured parts back to the United States. Just two months ago, President Obama and White House Staff converged at The Rodon Group's facility to show support for American manufacturing companies.

"Our membership in WDMA provides us with an ideal resource to connect with the leaders in the window and door manufacturing industry," said Michael Araten, Rodon's President & CEO. "We look forward to building relationships with these companies and expanding our footprint in the industry."

For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here

For more information on The Rodon Group, visit www.rodongroup.com.

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EPA Publishes Draft 2 of ENERGY Star Version 6.0; Industry Concerns Remain

Posted By jpaine1, Monday, January 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WDMA Alert:

EPA Publishes Draft 2 of ENERGY Star Version 6.0;

Industry Concerns Remain

This morning, EPA published Draft 2 of ENERGY STAR Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 specification. While EPA made some changes, WDMA remains greatly concerned about the continued direction of the agency in its development of Version 6.0.

Among WDMA's greatest concerns are EPA's decision to maintain the proposed stringent window and skylight performance criteria for ENERGY STAR North-Central and Northern climate zones as well as its decision to maintain the January 1, 2014effective date for the new program requirements.

WDMA believes the proposed performance criteria for the northern zones will significantly increase product costs and payback period making ENERGY STAR qualified products less affordable and desirable for consumers. This is especially concerning for the replacement market which represents one of the greatest opportunities for reducing home energy consumption in the U.S. WDMA and its members strongly expressed this concern to EPA in Draft 1 comments.

 In addition, the EPA decision to maintain an effective date for Version 6.0 requirements of January 1, 2014 does not provide manufacturers with an adequate transition period once the new requirements are finalized later this spring. WDMA has urged the agency to move the effective date to January 1, 2015 given the significant time, financial, and personnel resources necessary for transitioning to new program requirements.

WDMA and its members are currently reviewing Draft 2 and EPA's response to the WDMA and member recommendations that were not accepted by the agency. WDMA will be responding back to EPA accordingly through additional comments and correspondence with the agency. Comments are due to EPA by February 8, 2013.

The Draft 2 criteria and EPA's response to Draft 1 comments can be found at:http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=revisions.residential_windows_spec.

WDMA members with questions may contact Jeff Inks at jinks@wdma.com.

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