Content about Environmental Protection Agency

October 13, 2014

Owing to its ongoing efforts in the name of water conservation, Kohler has been honored with a Sustained Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for the second year in a row.

June 16, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation has earned the first and only (for now) Energy Star certification for the clothes dryer category, now on the market as the Duet model WED87HED steam dryer.

The Duet dryer combines moisture sensors with dual element modulation technology to arrive at an energy-efficient drying cycle that uses no more heat (and runs for no more time) than is required. Beyond conserving energy, it also helps preserve fabrics.

April 10, 2014

The Home Depot has launched a nationwide campaign to bring water conservation savvy to the masses, especially those in drought-affected areas.

On April 26, the retailer will hold free Water Conservation Workshops at all 1,977 of its U.S. locations, where attendees can learn ten different strategies for saving water.

These projects include converting to a dual-flush toilet, switching to EPA WaterSense labeled showerheads and faucets, installing drip irrigation and rotary nozzle or dual spray sprinklers and more.

April 2, 2014

Central Garden & Pet Company has purchased certain assets of Envincio LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SantoLubes LLC.

The purchase includes established brands, EPA registration assets, inventory and trade receivables.

“This acquisition will enable Central to be a key supplier and product innovator in the growing natural insecticides product market, often characterized as EPA-exempt products, as well as expanding offerings in traditional pesticides,” said Frank Jusich, SVP Professional Brands.

March 18, 2014

Riding the wave of its recent appointment as the EPA's 2013 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet is promoting the EPA Watersense "Fix a Leak Week," taking place March 17-23, through consumer education.

October 24, 2013

Nashville,  Tenn. -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is ramping up its efforts to promote its signature: the Innocent Sellers Act (HR 2746).

Speaking during the Washington Update presentation here at the ProDealer Industry Summit, NLBMDA CEO Michael O’Brien led a discussion on recent lobbying activity that included the deep waters of Obamacare and legislation reform.

September 10, 2013

When it comes to specifying insulation, the type of product isn’t really an issue as far as the building codes are concerned. The codes don’t really care.

When it comes to specifying insulation, the type of product isn’t really an issue as far as the building codes are concerned. The codes don’t really care.

Go to any website that shows required insulation levels by Climate Zone, and you won’t find recommendations for foam over batts, or batts over cellulose. Instead, you’ll see target R-values. It’s the builder’s job to select the materials to hit that target, balancing budgets with preferences.

August 6, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which runs the Energy Star program, defended its plans for new Energy Star criteria for windows and doors.

August 6, 2013

The Washington, D.C.-based Windows & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) criticized the Energy Star Program for what the WDMA described as a lack of “balance,” among other things. 

The complaint was lodged at the final draft of Version 6.0 program requirements for residential windows, doors and skylights, released July 31.

July 2, 2013

Beazer Homes USA has been recognized by the EPA as a leader in energy performance. The home builder announced Monday that it received 15 2013 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Awards.

"I am very proud of the quality, energy-efficient homes we build in our communities across the country," said Beazer Homes CEO Allan Merrill. "100% of the homes we construct are Energy Star Certified, which demonstrates our commitment to providing each of our home buyers with one of the most energy-efficient homes on the market."

May 22, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule is the subject of a bill in the House.

Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and 21 co-sponsors introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that was crafted to reduce the burden of the regulation. 

May 7, 2013

The following letters were in response to an article about reform of the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.

Lead paint rule and the opt-out provision:

May 6, 2013

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April 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lumberyard owners and suppliers focused on three wide-ranging front-burner regulatory and legislative issues during the 2013 Legislative Conference here in the nation's capitol.

Reform of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint rule was among the three high-priority items, along with preservation of the mortgage interest deduction and creation of online sales tax parity.

April 8, 2013

For the first time in 20 years, a company has declined to voluntarily implement the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) risk mitigation measures for a pesticide product. And that company, Reckitt Benckiser, makers of the d-CON branded mouse and rat poison products, said it has done nothing wrong, and would rather fight than switch.

And so goes this cat-and-mouse game that will eventually be decided by the courts.

March 20, 2013

At the NLBMDA Legislative Conference and on Capitol Hill, dealers tackle taxes, deductions and regulations.

Washington, D.C. -- Lumberyard owners and suppliers focused on three wide-ranging front-burner regulatory and legislative issues during the 2013 Legislative Conference here in the nation's capitol.

Reform of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead paint rule was among the three high-priority items, along with preservation of the mortgage interest deduction and creation of online sales tax parity. 

March 19, 2013

At the 2013 NLBMDA/WDMA Legislative Conference, a congressman rips out-of-control regulations.

Washington, D.C. -- Speaking to a room full of lumberyard owners and LBM suppliers, Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio's 6th Congressional District and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee made it very clear how he felt about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

February 4, 2013

The pesticide brand says the Environmental Protection Agency is putting the health of Americans at risk by moving to ban certain d-CON products.

Reckitt Benckiser’s d-CON brand says it will not be banned without a fight.

Not only did the pesticide brand say it will challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to ban 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products from the market, a d-CON spokesman shot back an accusation that the EPA’s move is bad public health policy. 

December 27, 2012

A report examining residential construction trends by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that nearly three out of four large metro areas saw an increased share of new housing development in previously developed areas during 2005-2009 compared with 2000-2004.

November 1, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), has temporarily waived federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey to allow the use of home heating oil in most generators and pumps in emergency service.

October 25, 2012

Moen has announced its Moen Caldwell Four-Function Eco-Performance Showerhead, which has a flow rate of 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm), 20% less than the industry standard of 2.5 gpm. It also meets the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense criteria. 

October 24, 2012

A number of Northern California Ace Hardware stores are participating in a new program that guides shoppers toward less toxic choices to control garden pests. Starting last month, employees in 13 hardware stores and retail garden centers are putting into place what they learned from rigorous training with experts from the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UCIPM) and professionals in the nursery industry.

October 8, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed its plans to expand the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule to commercial buildings until 2015, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported. The existing rule that governs any single-family housing continues to apply, including multi-family residential units that are part of mixed-use construction, or any commercial space where a child under the age of six resides or “regularly” visits, such as day care centers.

August 1, 2012

By Ben Gann, director of legislative affairs, NLBMDA

The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act reforms the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule by restoring the opt-out clause and suspending the rule if the EPA cannot approve a commercially available test kit that meets the regulation’s requirements.

July 3, 2012

According to paver manufacturer EP Henry, maker of the ECO line of permeable pavers, there are several ways an outdoor paved area can be environmentally friendly, contribute to LEED certification and earn the owner tax credits.

The benefits apply to homes and businesses, according to the company. Here are six: