Volume 9, Issue 6 - June 2008
energy and environmental news
In addition, the DOE has completed its initial analysis of technical and cost information for Energy Star-qualified doors and skylights, and has put together preliminary Energy Star criteria for these.
For doors, DOE officials say it is promoting separate criteria for swinging doors that capture the maximum energy savings possible and are compatible with the two-step manufacturing process.
In addition, the DOE is proposing separate criteria for skylights.
Mary Louise Pace, technical sales for Circle Redmont Inc., a skylight manufacturer in Mel-bourne, Fla., says she doesn’t expect the skylight criteria to have a drastic effect.
“To follow the DOE guidelines, skylight companies will have to be a little more selective about the make-up of the glass in their products,” she says. “The glass industry has an abundance of readily available brands of insulating and high-performance glass. In fact, most tinted and low-E insulated glass units meet the suggested U-values, so this shouldn’t be too difficult to follow.”