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  • Be it windmills or windows, energy saving measures are subject to cost-benefit analysis, which is often a point of contention between advocates and skeptics. In the building components sector, the discussion tends to focus on the cost-effectiveness of energy saving measures mandated by codes and/or encouraged by rating programs such as Energy Star. Usually, the defining metric is the payback... more »
  • In December of 2014, AAMA introduced AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, a completely revised Certification Program guide designed to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment— Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products- 2012, as the basis for ANSI accreditation. Until now, the program has been based on ISO... more »
  • Tax Credits Poised to Receive Last Minute Stay of Execution
    Housekeeping activities such as legislative extensions of tax credits are typically among those that get lost amid the politics until the last moment for Congress, and 2014 was no exception. Some 50 tax credits worth almost $42 billion were among those who received the nick-of-time reprieve on December 3, 2014 when the House voted 378-46 to reinstate them retroactive throughout 2014, setting the... more »
  • This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency issued label guidance for identifying window, door and skylight products that meet Energy Star Version 6.0 requirements. Section I of the document outlines labeling of products; Section II describes the proper use of display unit labels; and Section III presents guidelines for use of labels on packaging that obscures product labels. Guidelines for... more »
  • As fenestration products have evolved to encompass greater numbers and combinations of operator types, materials and performance criteria, their governing standard has grown substantially. Consider this: In the 25 years since the advent of the first truly material-neutral, performance-oriented standard—AAMA 101-88—the scope has grown from 44 pages referencing 14 operator types and 45... more »
  • Given the enormous amount of U.S. energy consumption attributed to buildings, the 2013 State of the Union address announced a new goal of reducing energy losses in buildings by 50 percent over the next 20 years. The latest Department of Energy Research & Development report, “Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap,” provides guidance to help make this happen... more »
  • By now, most people with interests in the remodeling industry, and the replacement window business in particular, have heard about the $500,000 fine imposed on Lowe’s Home Centers by the Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the job practices and record-keeping provisions of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule.   Applicable to homes built before 1978, LRRP imposes... more »
  • The exact mix of ingredients in Coke wouldn’t be so secret if The Coca-Cola Co. had to fill out one of the new Health Product Declaration forms that building product manufacturers are facing. And many manufacturers are voicing concern that their own proprietary formulations might be forced down the disclosure path posed by HPD. The HPD is a standardized format for reporting a building... more »
  • The partial federal government shutdown last fall, the haggling over raising the debt ceiling, Obamacare missteps and its unknown―yet-postponed impact on business costs and personal finances all muddy the waters. Not surprisingly, this has led to a decline in consumer confidence over recent months. The Consumer Sentiment Index fell in October to the lowest reading since December 2012—even... more »
  •   As 2012 drew to a close, we were waiting for the sequestration shoe to drop. This year, we are in a similar but much less publicized situation with regard to the fate of quantitative easing. Quantitative easing, or QE, is a federal monetary policy that the government occasionally resorts to when standard monetary policy becomes ineffective, to pump more money into the economy... more »