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Seeing clearly: There's more to residential windows than meets the eye
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Surely, this means the eyes are pretty darn crucial. But what about windows? On top of being a necessary aesthetic choice, windows are critical when it comes to UV light protection and energy efficiency. The seal around the window and the glass used in its construction both figure into its U-factor, or rate of heat transfer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, U-factor values generally range from 0.25 to 1.25, with lower values indicating better insulating windows.
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Energy Star releases draft version of Labeling Guidance for Energy Star windows, doors and skylights
The Labeling Guidance describes the proper use of the Energy Star label on products, product displays and product packaging. All uses of the Energy Star label will need to comply with the final version of this guidance beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.
These updated labels for Version 6.0 use the phrase "Energy Star Certified" rather than the phrase "Energy Star Qualified" that was used under Version 5.0. Partners will be allowed to continue using labels that say "Energy Star Qualified" that otherwise still comply with the new guidance. Over the course of normal operations, partners are encouraged to transition to the new "Energy Star Certified" labels. Going forward, only the new label templates will be available through the My Energy Star Account (MESA) portal, at www.energystar.gov/mesa.
Energy Star partners will have until Friday, Aug. 8, to provide feedback on the draft Labeling Guidance. EPA specifically requests feedback on the content, clarity and consistency of the guidance. EPA will publish a final version of the Labeling Guidance shortly after the end of the two-week period.
There is an affordable alternative to Obamacare for small businesses
Private Health Benefit Plans enable small businesses to offer their employees, and even subcontractors, access to reasonably priced plans that provide high quality and affordable medical care, dental care, prescription drugs, vision and chiropractic care.
These programs are not insurance or Medicare Prescription Drugs Plans, although they offer some of the same savings advantages through discounts for certain medical services and prescription drugs by providers who gave agreed to participate in these discount programs.
Mellody Hobson, financial correspondent for ABC News said it best on Good Morning America here. For a small business who wants to provide employees with health benefits, these plans might just be the perfect solution. They’re affordable. They’re comprehensive. They can save money for the insured.
Critics of the health law have predicted Obamacare rates would spike in 2015. With rates for nearly a dozen carriers to be released late this summer, the few companies who have announced their proposed hikes are coming in as high as 14 percent. There are options for the individual and small group who are seeking affordable healthcare. These optionss offer an alternative to the pricy Obamacare options and save their members hundreds of millions of dollars in healthcare benefits.
While these plans are not a substitute for a full-fledged health insurance program, they can be the perfect alternative to daily services that would not warrant a full-fledged and expensive health insurance policy, and probably wouldn’t even be covered under their larger deductibles. There are no deductibles in a Health Benefit Plan.
Therma-Tru introduces 'Door Do-Over Week'
PRWeb via Digital Journal
Therma-Tru Corp. will launch a "Door Do-Over Week" the first week of August. The annual event launch is scheduled for Aug. 3-9 and focuses on helping homeowners evaluate their current doors, learn more about door aesthetics and components, and providing valuable information on making door purchase decisions.
'They aren't your grandma's doors and windows anymore!'
Door and Window Magazine
Jim Plavecsky writes, "Several weeks ago I was invited to join a customer on a sight inspection at an older home which was getting completely renovated. This was a beautiful home in a gorgeous location, and it definitely screamed for new doors and windows. This time energy efficiency was taking a back seat to something which was far more important to the homeowner — security! Before the doors and windows were to even be installed, wiring was being run throughout the whole house to every opening so each fenestration product could receive an alarm. It got me thinking about the increasing importance of safety and security in today’s fenestration market."
NARI remodeling indicators show jump in current conditions
NARI via Building Online
All current remodeling market indicators showed an increase in the second-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse survey from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Remodelers are currently seeing growth, from conditions in March, which had seen a decline in business conditions during the first three months of 2014.
Mythbusting: Job boards and your website are not great recruiting tools
By Mel Kleiman
While job boards and your website make it quick and easy for the employer and the applicant alike, they are far less effective than the top three, proven sources of great employees. The best source of proven talent is all the great people who used to work for you. When employees leave you to work elsewhere, they often discover the grass isn't greener after all. In fact, research shows that 20 to 25 percent of employees have gone back to work for a company they once left.
New thermally efficient glazing solutions lower energy costs
When rising energy bills become an issue this winter, it is important to investigate how much heat is being lost through windows. Regular single panel glass windows facilitate internal heat loss from within the building.
Adrian Grocott, Managing Director of Express Glass explains that replacing the current glass with thermally efficient glass products can dramatically reduce the homeowner’s energy bills and create a far more comfortable internal environment. The energy efficient glass continues to work for the life of the building.
Updated homes save energy
As energy prices rise, many homeowners are turning to energy efficiency building envelope insulation retrofits of their homes as a way to reduce heating and cooling costs. One of the best ways to reduce the energy consumption of an existing house is to add insulation to the roof, walls and basement. Upgrading windows and doors and sealing cracks, leaks and holes offer further energy savings.
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