The information used to create specifications should be available to the public for comment and review, according the group of eight U.S. senators. The letter also said the creation and revision of Energy Star standards should consider a variety of viewpoints. "We expect that stakeholders will be given the opportunity to offer their input, that their views will be fairly considered, that EPA's decisions will be based on a fair and reasonable analysis of the record, and that this record will be made available to stakeholders and the public," the letter said.
A similar request was made by 23 U.S. Representatives concerned that the recent Energy Star requirements for windows, doors, and skylights may be too costly for consumers. "We believe that a 'reasonable' payback period on customer investment must be ensured when the new standards are finalized, and we are concerned that EPA is not taking this issue seriously enough," the letter said. In addition, the Representatives said there was not sufficient transparency in the process of creating the proposal for new window, door, and skylight requirements.