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  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association fully supports the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S2148), introduced in early March by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.). The bill seeks to restore the “opt-out” provision removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule in April 2010. In 2008, EPA finalized its RRP... more »
  • Many of us as window and door dealers have managed to sustain our business in some of the worst economic times in history. Some dealerships in our markets did not and closed. My company has locations in three markets–Tampa; Cleveland and Milwaukee–so I have some idea what is happening on more than one dealer location front. I do not claim expertise, but hopefully I can offer a little... more »
  • It has long been an aspect of the law that when a seller says something about its product to induce sale, it needs to be a fair representation or liability can result. This type of claim can be frustrating for the seller. The consumer keeps the product, which appears to be working fine, but he or she sues for economic damage claiming to have been misled. The potential for such situations grows... more »
  • Does this sound familiar? You spend every waking minute at the office striving to improve your business operations and market share, but you lack sufficient data to determine how you stack up against your competitors. In essence, you’re flying blind. Or, you’re at the other end of the spectrum, drowning in so much data you can’t determine where to begin, or which charts, graphs... more »
  • What do the Golden Gate Bridge, Spam, Elmer Fudd and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association have in common? All are celebrating 75th anniversaries this year. I’m not so sure about any special observances planned for Spam or Elmer Fudd, but I hear the Golden Gate’s milestone will feature a festival in late May. And, AAMA appropriately is celebrating its 75th Annual... more »
  • The International Builders’ Show held in February was different this year in a number of ways. Perhaps the most obvious difference was its smaller size, with a number of big, traditional exhibitors—including window and door manufacturers—opting out for the year. Attendance seemed to be up, however, as the aisles seemed busier than previous years. What was also noteworthy was the... more »
  • As regular readers of this column are probably aware, the International Code Council has recently changed their process of revising the International Codes. They went from having two complete code change cycles per edition of the code to just one. And they changed their timeline, with applicable deadlines and hearing dates.  The goal was to have the 2012 edition of the International Building... more »
  • When we set out two years ago to establish the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, we never envisioned the kind of impact we would have in such a short period of time. Some of our many highlights from 2011 include turning back the lead clearance testing rule proposed by Environmental Protection Agency, securing language in the HomeScore Energy program criteria favorable to window and door dealers... more »
  • Last year was tough for the industry. But as 2011 winded down, there were new signs of hope. Single-family home sales were inching up, as was builder confidence, as measured by the National Association of Home Builders. Challenges persist in the housing market, said David Crowe, NAHB's chief economist, but he also predicts "modest, gradual" improvements heading into 2012. The mood was... more »
  • In last August's edition of this column, I noted that many potential homebuyers, leery about the economy and unable to sell their undervalued homes, are turning to remodeling and staying put. Statistics confirm that a growing number of Americans are spending more on home renovations, at the rate of an estimated $115.9 billion in the year ended June 2011, according to the Joint Center for Housing... more »