ENERGY STAR®: New high efficiency levels introduced

April 28, 2005

This release is also available in French

ST. JOHN'S -- Canadians seeking the most energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights for their homes will have an added information tool with ENERGY STAR. The Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and Sandy Mackay, President of the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association, announced the new initiative at an event in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador today.

ENERGY STAR labels will now give information on efficiency levels corresponding to Canada's climate zones for entry doors and skylights. In addition, ENERGY STAR levels have been strengthened for windows and sliding glass doors, reflecting the vast improvements in products offered to Canadians.

Consumers will be able to easily find products that qualify for their area by looking for the ENERGY STAR labels on qualified products. Retailers' showrooms and product literature will also have a map of Canada's four climate zones to help consumers make the right energy-efficient choice.

"These new high-efficiency levels will help consumers to identify the most energy-efficient doors and skylights, as well as windows and sliding glass doors, in the marketplace, so that they can do their part to meet the One-Tonne Challenge," said Minister Efford. "Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways to meet the long-term demand for energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change."

"Our association fully supports the ENERGY STAR energy efficiency initiative," said Mr. Mackay. "We are looking forward to collaborating with the Government of Canada in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the many benefits of producing and selling energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights to our members."

ENERGY STAR high efficiency levels for windows and doors have been in effect in the United States for many years. NRCan worked with the U.S. Department of Energy and consulted with the Canadian window industry and major stakeholders across Canada to establish the highest efficiency levels for Canada's weather conditions.

ENERGY STAR-qualified products must meet or exceed technical specifications that ensure they are among the most energy-efficient in the marketplace. To carry the

ENERGY STAR symbol on products, manufacturers and retailers must sign an administrative arrangement with NRCan to follow specific labelling and promotional guidelines. There are ENERGY STAR specifications for a range of energy-using products for residential and commercial sectors. Typically, they are 20 to 40 percent more efficient than conventional models. For more information on the ENERGY STAR initiative and the list of products that qualify, visit www.energystar.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada's approach to climate change is focused on making the right choices for Canada. This will ensure that the actions taken contribute to the long-term goals of building a sustainable economy for the 21st century, a healthier environment and strong communities, while affirming Canada's place in the world.
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Canadians seeking the most energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights for their homes can now look for ENERGY STAR levels of efficiency that reflect this country's climate. Products that meet these new levels are 20 to 40 percent more efficient than conventional models.

For more information, media may contact:
Ghyslain Charron
Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
(613) 992-4447

Tom Ormsby
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
(613) 996-2007

Natural Resources Canada

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