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Three NFRC Standards in Public Review

Three National Fenestration Rating Council documents are currently open for public review and comment according to the American National Standards Institute’s process until Nov. 28.

International Code Council Charts Path to Support Building Decarbonization Efforts

A strategy by the International Code Council recognizes existing initiatives and opportunities to develop additional solutions when it comes to the significant impact of buildings on the environment. The report, Decarbonization of The Built Environment: Solutions from the International Code Council…

EPA Finalizes Energy Star Version 7.0

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Version 7.0 Energy Star Specification for Residential Windows, Doors and Skylights on Oct. 20. The new criteria will go into effect on Oct. 23, 2023, with products meeting the new criteria eligible for early certification starting immediately.

US GSA Seeks Industry Input on Clean Construction Materials

The U.S. General Services Administration is currently seeking industry input  to learn more about the availability of domestically manufactured, locally sourced low-carbon construction materials in an effort to prioritize the use of American-made, lower-carbon construction materials for federal…

Inflation Reduction Act May Help Accelerate Use of Electrochromic Glass

Halio announced that the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes the Dynamic Glass Act, brings the cost of electrochromic windows to parity with low-e glass.

Tremco Named Approved Provider for RetroFitNY Program

To set the stage for mass energy transformation of cities, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) aims to upgrade New York's building stock through their RetrofitNY Program, identifying partners to help drive and execute this change, NYSERDA has named Tremco…

CGSB Approves Funding to Update Three Canadian Glass Standards

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has approved funding to update three Canadian glass standards.

U.S. DOL Awards $121 Million to Improve Apprenticeship Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $121 million in Apprenticeship Building America grants to expand, diversify, and modernize registered apprenticeship programs. 

President Biden Authorizes use of Defense Production Act to Accelerate Production of Solar Panel Parts

The White House announced that President Biden will authorize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, including solar panel parts, including photovoltaic modules and module components.

White House Announces National Initiative to Advance Building Codes Based on the International Codes

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell announced a National Initiative to Advance Building Codes, a new government-wide effort to boost national resiliency and reduce energy costs.

Proposed Energy Star Standards Further Help Glass Upgrades Pay For Themselves, Says EPA Analyst

EPA analyst Doug Anderson spoke in March to FGIA conference in-person and virtual attendees about the thinking and evidence behind the agency's draft 2 of the proposed Energy Star 7.0 standards for architectural glass and window and door construction. Public comments on draft 2 specifications are…

Apogee Publishes Updated Window Replacement White Paper

There are approximately six million commercial buildings in the U.S., nearly half of which are more than 40 years old, according to a 2019 report from the American Institute of Architects.

WDMA Criticizes Decision to Reinstate Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association strongly criticized President Trump’s announcement that his Administration will reinstate Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil, which had been previously excluded.