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  • Indian Wells, Calif.-Recognizing but not being deterred by the economic challenges that lie ahead in the coming year, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association jumped right into its 2008 game plan during its annual meeting, held here at the end of February. Attendance was down as some companies are scaling back travel budgets, but the contingent present was ready to roll up its sleeves... more »
  • The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Monday that it would delay release of its proposed criteria changes for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylight program. DOE had planned to issue its proposals for new, more stringent requirements in early March, but now states it will wait until May. In a letter to stakeholders, Richard Karney, Energy Star program manager, said the timeline had... more »
  • Atlantic City, N.J.—The Department of Energy is waiting to see what happens at the February International Code Council hearings before issuing its plans for revisions to Energy Star criteria for windows. Speaking at the Northeast Window & Door Association winter meeting here in January, Richard Karney, DOE’s Energy Star program manager, explained that an important goal for Energy... more »
  • The Association of Millwork Distributors discussed efforts to block proposed requirements for swing door testing and certification in the 2009 International Codes at its annual convention and exhibition here last week. In other business, AMD voted to change its bylaws to give supplier members a greater voice in the organization. The event featured a full day of educational presentations,... more »
  • Tempe, Ariz.—The Department of Energy is on track to put revised Energy Star criteria for windows into effect by early 2009, according to Richard Karney, DOE Energy Star program manager, who spoke at the National Fenestration Rating Council fall meeting here in November. Karney said the DOE is working with manufacturers to learn what products are available in the marketplace and what... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has started the process to potentially develop ratings for three new sets of fenestration products—dynamic attachments and exterior and interior window coverings. NFRC’s board of directors approved the establishment of a new attachment subcommittee and several task groups to explore the technical aspects of developing rating methods, during its... more »
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has launched a certification program for contractors and remodelers who want to be labeled green. The Green Certified Professional certification requires interested remodelers to have at least five years of experience in the industry with at least three years worth of green projects, principles or products to their credit. Additionally,... more »
  • Huntington Beach, Calif.—Industry frustration with the National Fenestration Rating Council’s new program for commercial products dominated much of the discussion at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance meetings held concurrently here last week. A Possible Alternative Within the AAMA meetings, the discussions centered on... more »
  • Huntington Beach, Calif.—Globalization is moving faster than we realize, but the U.S. economy remains one of the most vibrant in the world, said Stuart Varney, a financial journalist with Fox News Network, speaking this week to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. The two organizations are hosting their summer meetings... more »
  • Jacksonville, Fla.—There’s a lot of activity in the Southeast region of the country, not only with the severe weather but with the building science and protective measures that come as a result. Helping manufacturers keep up with the changes in the market, the Fenestration Manufacturers Association met in April with speakers scheduled to explore legal issues, the science behind... more »