EPA defends Energy Star rule changes
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which runs the Energy Star program, defended its plans for new Energy Star criteria for windows and doors.
Previously, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) criticized Energy Star’s Version 6.0 program requirements for residential windows, doors and skylights. Among the WDMA’s concerns were a “departure from the past practice of collaborating with industry partners,” and the possibility that the changes will “strip the Energy Star label from affordable energy-efficient products that offer a fair payback period.”
The EPA defended the final draft of Version 6.0 with the following statement emailed to HCN:
According to the EPA, the new criteria will keep the program relevant and also ensure that a variety of products will be available to consumers.
“It is difficult to predict the future market share for Energy Star windows; however, there is strong historical evidence that Energy Star market share for windows remains strong after criteria revisions,” according to the EPA. “There are products available for sale with performance levels that already meet or exceed the proposed new criteria levels. EPA also discussed current technological advancements with product and component manufacturers to confirm availability and performance.”
C.W. Driver expands in San Diego through Good & Roberts deal
California-based builder C.W. Driver is expanding its San Diego presence through the acquisition of Good & Roberts (G&R), a local construction company that will operate as a subsidiary of C.W.
G&R will largely retain its daily operations and approach, though the company expects a gradual shift in management structure.
“This acquisition is an exciting opportunity for both companies,” said Joe Grosshart, regional VP in C.W. Driver’s San Diego office. “Good & Roberts shares the same core values as C.W. Driver while serving their customers in a highly specialized market niche. C.W. Driver brings improved access to financial and technical resources. Together, we are much more capable of serving all of our respective clients’ needs regardless of project size or market sector.”
The G&R deal is part of a larger campaign on behalf of C.W. Driver to expand into key market niches, according to the company. C.W. currently has maintained good standing in the San Diego market since 2006, with projected revenue topping $120 million this year in the region.
The terms of the transaction were undisclosed.
EfficientNow boosts safety, longevity of its LED bulbs
EfficientNow, Inc. released its new LED SureGuard technology to bolster the lifespan and safety rating of its LED bulbs.
The built-in patented semi-conductor technology monitors bulb temperatures and shuts them off when it senses a fire hazard.
According to the company, this is an added safety feature that creates an extra layer of protection around its products, which tend to remain cool to the touch, but like all LED bulbs, are more likely to create a hazard when placed in an enclosure or near a heat source.
“Our LED bulbs are the coolest operating bulbs, making them especially safe for children and pets," said CEO Michael Strohecker. "In March of this year, more than 550,000 bulbs from other manufacturers were recalled due to fire risk, and this made us re-evaluate our products to make sure they were safe. Previously consumers only had price and performance to go by when making their buying decisions. Now they can decide based on safety as well."
The bulbs are now available online and through distributors.