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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, recently posted a blog on the White House Web site, highlighting how the Weatherization Assistance Program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is creating new jobs and improving the lives of people in low-income households.  In the blog, she reports, "A... more »
  • The Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods (GREEN) Act, now before the House Financial Services Committee, is getting support from the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Realtors and the U.S. Green Building Council. Representatives of all three organizations recently testified on behalf of H.R. 2336, which would establish incentives to encourage energy... more »
  • Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the American Clean Energy Leadership Act, its version of an energy bill, yesterday. Like the House climate change bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Senate legislation does not address windows and/or fenestration specifically, but it includes numerous measures designed to improve building energy efficiency.... more »