Window Film Included in House-Passed Home Star LegislationMay 7th, 2010 | Category: Featured Content
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday designed to provide rebates to homeowners who install energy-saving products, including window film. The legislation could also create an estimated 168,000 construction, manufacturing and retail jobs in the United States.
“The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act is a common sense bill that will create jobs, save consumers money, and strengthen our economy,” stated President Obama. “I commend the House on passing this bill … At a time when millions of Americans are looking for work and companies are ready to take on new customers, this legislation will help jumpstart job growth and demand for new products created right here in America. This rebate program will not only put people back to work, it will lower costs for homeowners who choose to improve their home … and it will also save consumers money on energy bills down the road.”
He continued, “I’m convinced that the country that leads in clean energy is also going to be the country that leads in the global economy and I want America to be that nation. I will not settle for anything less than first place when it comes to new energy technologies, and this bill will create the incentives to help us accomplish that goal. We have workers eager to do new installations and renovations, and factories ready to produce new energy efficient building supplies. Today’s House vote is an important step forward, and I look forward to working with the Senate to improve this legislation so we can help more middle-class homeowners make these investments without delay.”
U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello applauded bipartisan House passage the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, as it would benefit window film manufacturers due to an amendment they fought to have included.
“Energy saving window films … can provide homeowners with substantial savings on energy costs when applied to existing windows. The measure approved by the House today will encourage homeowners to make use of such energy saving retrofits, by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of energy saving measures in their homes. The measure not only helps families reduce home energy costs but also will create jobs,” Boucher said.
According to the legislation, window film must be installed on at least eight exterior doors, windows or skylights, or 75 percent of the total exterior square footage of glass in a home, whichever is more. The films must be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council and have a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.43 or less with a visible light-to-solar heat gain coefficient of at least 1.1 for installations in 2009 International Energy Conservation Code climate zones 1-3; or a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.43 or less with a visible light light-to-solar heat gain coefficient of at least 1.1 and a U-factor of 0.40 or less as installed in 2009 International Energy Conservation Code climate zones 4-8.
Homeowners can receive $1,000 per measure for energy saving installations. The maximum rebate for a home is $3,000 or 50 percent of the total cost of the installed measures.
“Although this is only a House bill at this point and still needs to go through the Senate before it can become law, it is a tremendous recognition of the benefits of window film use for energy savings, especially for retrofit installation on older homes,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association. “In addition, window film has been acknowledged by our legislators as an extremely cost effective measure in instances where window replacement cannot be justified, either for affordability reasons or when the existing windows are in good shape and need no replacement. Resources of our manufacturer members along with letters of support, which were requested from local dealers and distributors all contributed to this success.”