January 13, 2010
The California Building Standards Commission unanimously adopted yesterday the first-in-the-nation mandatory Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen) requiring all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Taking effect on January 1, 2011, the regulations are designed to achieve major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and... more »
January 13, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency sent out an alert yesterday announcing that only 100 days remain until contractors will be required to be trained, certified, and otherwise comply with its Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulation. The new rules, reported on at the end of last year, impact a wide variety of trade contractors, including companies involved in window and door... more »
January 5, 2010
The Department of Energy's Highly Insulating R-5 Window and Low-E Storm Window Volume Purchase Program is now seeking proposals from manufacturers interested in participating. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is managing the program for DOE, issued a request for proposal on December 16, 2009, along with specifications, a sample memorandum of understanding, bid sheets, and other... more »
December 26, 2009
The National Association of Home Builders says the health care bill passed before Christmas by the Senate features a last-minute provision that unfairly targets the construction industry. According to NAHB, the bill mandates that small construction industry firms provide health insurance, or pay penalities, if they employ more than five workers.
That is the... more »
December 7, 2009
Indicating he didn't want to tip his hand too much, President Obama told attendees at last week's White House job summit that the administration was looking aggressively at programs to encourage investment in energy efficiency upgrades and weatherization as part of its efforts to stimulate job creation.
His remarks came in response to comments from Ron Saxton, executive vice president of... more »
December 2, 2009
Ron Saxton, executive vice president of Jeld-Wen Inc., has been invited to attend President Obama's "Jobs Summit" at the White House tomorrow. The summit will involve about 130 people from around the country, primarily business and labor leaders. The forum's objective is to discuss ways to bolster American jobs.
"I am looking forward to discussing policies and strategies that will... more »
November 6, 2009
Congress passed legislation today that will extend and expand the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama on Friday.
The vote is attracting praise from the National Association of Home Builders, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association and many other groups that see the new legislation providing a much-needed boost to the... more »
October 29, 2009
The Department of Energy has issued a final draft of its specifications outlining the minimum requirements for manufacturer participation in its Highly Insulating (R-5) Window and Low-e Storm Window Volume Purchase Program. The initiative, in which DOE works to identify and organize a potential buyer base in both the public and private sector, is designed to help commercialize such products.
The... more »
October 26, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is voicing its support for proposed legislation tying energy efficient window tax credits to Energy Star qualifications. Joining the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, which offered its endorsement of the bill last week, AAMA states that the bill would make it easier for consumers to take advantage of the economic stimulus... more »
October 19, 2009
Vice President Biden unveiled Monday Recovery Through Retrofit, a plan designed to expand green job opportunities and boost energy savings by making homes more energy efficient. He was joined by Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor; Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and other White House officials, in announcing the initiative, which... more »