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  • Tax credits for homeowners buying energy efficient windows and doors, passed as part of 2009's stimulus package, will expire at the end of this year. As you'll see in our top news story this week, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance is lobbying to get those tax credits renewed for 2011 and beyond.  A number of WDDA representatives met with Senate staffers last week to make the case... more »
  • Looking through ProSales recently, I came across an article discussing WINKs—women with incomes and no kids—an increasingly influential demographic in the new home market. As homebuyers, these women are looking for “safe urbanism.” And one particular trend these women are driving is growing demand for a more secure, better looking door between the garage and the home. That... more »
  • I'm thrilled that today we finally present our 2010 Dealers of the Year award winners. I personally worked with these companies and was truly impressed by their stories of survival, innovation and values.  I'm glad it's time to share these stories with the industry. The Dealers of the Year issue is always my favorite project of the year and has been since we founded the program in 2004. But... more »
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is hoping to help raise awareness of the dangers of lead exposure by observing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week  October 24-30. In light of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair, Painting Rule, NARI sees this week as a good time to encourage consumers to hire lead certified remodelers when remodeling a home... more »
  • Tax credits for energy effircient home improvements are scheduled to expire at the end of year. Now, new draft legislation has emerged in the Senate that would extend and even expand those credits.  Yes, I'm sympathetic to the view of many that government should stay out of our business, but I think that's good news.  The bad news is that, as written, the initial bill provides... more »
  • Last week, Jeld-Wen launched a new version of its Web site. According to a company press release, the company aimed to make it much more consumer friendly, using icons and pictures to make the window and door shopping experience much more appealing and streamlined. "Today's online shoppers prefer pictures rather than words to learn about products," says Rob Jellesed, Jeld-Wen's director... more »
  • Some rays of light this week in what has otherwise been a pretty dismal summer. The Commerce Department reported yesterday a seasonally-adjusted jump of more than 10 percent in housing starts in August. This was more of an increase than many economists expected, which doesn't really surprise me. I would imagine one would be hard pressed to find a cheery economist these days. One month worth of... more »
  • R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5... more »
  • Although I tried to keep my mind off work while on vacation last week, I was reminded of the busy fall ahead several times by ads in the newspaper and on TV urging homeowners to get their windows replaced before energy efficiency tax credits expire at the end of the year. "Don't miss out! Windows need to be installed by December 31!" Ever since the tax credit passed, industry people... more »
  • I have heard from many folks in the industry in the last year or so who contend that plenty of homeowners are staying put in their existing homes rather than moving along the traditional path of starter home to family home to downsized home. It makes sense, given the current environment and the fact that consumer confidence continues to be wobbly at best. This week, I came across this article... more »