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 »
October 16, 2009
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is applauding new legislation introduced by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that would modify the existing tax credit for energy efficient windows, doors and skylights by tying it to Energy Star criteria standards for fenestration products. Specifically, the bill (S.1792) would replace the .30/.30 standard for the $1,500... more »
October 9, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking over as "the brand manager for the Energy Star products program," according to a recently announced plan to coordinate efforts with the Department of Energy to expand and enhance both Energy Star and the new National Building Rating Program.
The announcement, which came out just prior to GlassBuild America, also notes a new "Super... more »
September 18, 2009
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu headlined a White House Clean Energy Economy Forum held yesterday at Accu-Weld, the window and door manufacturer based Bensalem, Pa. "The opportunities are staggering," he said, discussing the potential for energy savings available in homes and buildings, adding that steps to increase energy efficiency represent "the low-hanging fruit" in... more »