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  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association has filed the appropriate papers with the Federal Election Commission to establish the WDMA Political Action Committee. The association says that WDMA PAC will raise funds to contribute to candidates for Congress that support the industry's advocacy goals in Washington. "Forming WDMA PAC was the next logical step in advancing the association's... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has approved technical procedures for the development of U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, and visible transmittance ratings for co-planar interior and exterior attachment products, such as blinds and shades. The vote came at the group's fall membership meeting last week in San Francisco.  “Approval of technical procedures for determining... more »
  • The International Code Council has voted to eliminate provisions in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code setting lower energy performance requirements for metal-framed fenestration products than for other types of fenestration in commercial construction.  Part of an effort to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings built to the 2012 codes by 30... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance is urging dealers to contact members of the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee and voice their support to extend window tax credits for 2011 and beyond. The “call to action” follows a meeting last week between WDDA representatives and members of Sens. Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Snowe's (R-Maine) staff. The two Senators are pushing to... more »
  • Albuquerque, N.M.–Environmental issues once again topped the agenda at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Fall Conference, held here last week. In addition to continued work on AAMA's green and sustainability committee efforts, the meeting featured Ellen Struck, director of business development for UL Environment, who emphasized the need for third-party validation and... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to hear an appeal filed by the Pella Corp. over a class action case involving one of its window products.  Pella's appeal challenges a decision made earlier by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court in the case of Pella Corp. v. Saltzman. That decision significantly loosens the criteria that must... more »
  • In letters of support for new tax credits for energy efficient home upgrades sent to Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Jeff Bingamon (D-N.M.) last week, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance offered several "suggestions for improvement" to the proposed legislation. In particular, the letter points to a $200 credit for Energy Star-qualified windows in the draft bill as "an... more »
  • The Window & Door Dealers Alliance has submitted a multi-page letter to the U.S. Government's General Accounting Office, citing a possible administrative error by the Environmental Protection Agency in its efforts to impose lead clearance and testing rules on window and door dealers. After implementing the the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule in April, EPA proposed an amendment to... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week regarding a proposal to expand the current Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule. EPA is considering additional test requirements that could include expensive multiple dust wipe tests through EPA-approved labs after renovations are completed... more »
  • A coalition of housing industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, are filing a suit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency for removing the "opt-out" provision from its Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. The group is challenging EPA's action on the grounds that the agency... more »