November 15, 2010
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 »
November 9, 2010
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 »
November 1, 2010
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 »
October 19, 2010
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 »
October 15, 2010
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 »
October 12, 2010
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 »
August 13, 2010
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 »
August 9, 2010
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 »
July 8, 2010
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 »
July 1, 2010
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has joined forces with Associated Labs Inc. to offer insulating glass certification. The two organizations are working together to broaden accessibility to such services in time for new National Fenestration Rating Council requirements for IG certification.
"The success of the largest North American whole product certification program... more »