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  • Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., told attendees he would continue his fight to delay the new EPA rule. Washington, D.C.—New York contractors and other industry representatives gathered at the U.S. Capitol yesterday to protest the Environmental Protection Agency lead paint laws set to go in effect April 22. “I am determined to everything I can to delay this law," said Congressman... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is on target to implement the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on April 22. The agency announced last week it expects more than 125,000 renovation and remodeling contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by the effective date for the rule requiring such training.  The calls to delay implementation of the new rules... more »
  • Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu and Congresswoman Kathleen Dahlkemper visited Seaway Manufacturing Corp. today to meet with the owners and employees, tour the plant and promote energy efficiency tax credits for windows and doors. Secretary Chu inspects a new window while touring Seaway's plant in Erie, Pa. “Investing in energy efficiency is one of the quickest and most cost-... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy today outlined a series of steps to further strengthen the Energy Star program and boost confidence in the Energy Star brand. The action covers products across the board and is not specifically targeted at windows, doors and skylights in the program. Officials note that in addition to third-party testing already underway,... more »
  • Window & Door Dealers Alliance representatives met with officials from the White House Office of Management & Budget and Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to make the case for preserving the “opt-out” provisions in the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The meeting was “encouraging,” according to... more »
  • A coalition of construction and building product industry groups wrote a letter to Congressional leaders last week requesting a delay in the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead  Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The letter argues that EPA is not ready to implement the LRRP laws starting on April 22.  Sent specifically to Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Lisa... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association is applauding the passage of legislation by the U.S. Senate last week that would replace the .30/.30 standard to qualify for a $1,500 tax credit with the 2010 Energy Star standards for windows, doors and skylights. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), had wide bipartisan Senate support as well... more »
  • Potential details of the Home Star program backed by the Obama Administration to encourage more energy efficiency home retrofits and create jobs are emerging in a draft bill prepared for committee discussion in the U.S. Senate. Most notable is the inclusion of the same .30/.30 criteria for windows, doors and skylights used for federal tax credits under the stimulus package for products to qualify... more »
  • Joining other industry trade groups, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance is lobbying Congress and federal regulators to delay implementation of the new Environmental Protection Agency lead paint rules, as well as preserve the "opt-out" provisions in the original rules. Three WDDA Advisory Committee members plan to make their case next week, when they meet regulators at the White... more »
  • If passed into law, the government will offer rebates for windows and doors under the new Homestar program, officially unveiled by President Obama today.  Also known as Cash for Caulkers, the plan designed to help create jobs by encouraging American families to invest in energy-saving home improvements. The president outlined Homestar during a visit to a training facility at Savannah... more »