February 22, 2011
The Institute for Business & Home Safety and the International Code Council have signed a memorandum of understanding, which will increase the role IBHS building science data plays in the creation of new building codes by the ICC.
Supported by the property insurance industry, IBHS offers a suite of voluntary, code-plus “Fortified” standards and guidelines for the design and... more »
February 14, 2011
Covering such areas as energy conservation, building codes, building safety, housing, taxes and trade, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association has released its legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2011. The document outlines a number of policy positions that are top priorities of the window, door and skylight manufacturing sector for the 112th Congress.
"As the 112th Congress... more »
February 1, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency has published an information collection request for the costs and burdens to firms engaged in activities affected by the agency's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting regulations, reports the Window & Door Dealers Alliance. Comments must be received on or before March 28, 2011, and can be made electronically through www.regulations.gov. ... more »
January 28, 2011
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 »
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 »