April 28, 2009
The House Energy and Commerce Committee began hearings last week on global warming legislation, designed to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions about 80 percent from today's levels by 2050 and increase energy independence. Backed by the Obama Administration, the bill would establish a cap-and-trade system that would use market forces to encourage utilities, industrials users and others to... more »
April 22, 2009
Window and door manufacturers, distributors and dealers, including many leading names in the industry, were among 13,500 employers nationwide that recently received letters from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Designed as a proactive step to encourage employers to take action, the letters notified companies that that their injury and illness rates "are... more »
April 7, 2009
With two notable changes from the most recent draft, the U.S. Department of Energy has released its final revised criteria for the Energy Star Windows, Doors and Skylight program, set to go in effect January 4, 2010. In the final critiera, DOE will treat all doors the same, whether they swing or slide, and retain tubular daylighting devices within the program.
Both those changes... more »
March 26, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently looking at whether regulatory or other action might be appropriate to protect against potential risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from certain pressed wood products. Before a decision is made, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is pressing a number of its members concerns with the EPA, it reports.
WDMA is... more »
March 23, 2009
Paul Holland, a venture capitalist backer of Serious Materials, joined President Barack Obama today for a White House press briefing to support government budget proposals encouraging more investment in clean energy research and development. In outlining the potential benefits of such programs, the President highlighted Serious' re-opening of the former Kensington Windows plant in... more »
March 11, 2009
The Department of Energy issued its revised 2010 draft criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program. In its full report, DOE officials state that changes were made from previous proposals based on industry feedback, the new tax credit requirements set forth in the stimulus package and the final window performance requirements established by the 2009 International Energy... more »
March 5, 2009
Speaking at this week's National Fenestration Rating Council meeting, Rich Karney of the U.S. Department of Energy told attendees he intends to release the new Energy Star criteria for comment on March 10.
Karney, who is DOE's program manager for Energy Star, also said final criteria will be issued no later than April 3rd for implementation on January 1, 2010, according to NFRC News Now. ... more »
February 18, 2009
The $789 billion compromise stimulus bill negotiated by House and Senate leaders could boost window and door sales. Passed by both Houses of Congress and signed yesterday by President Obama, the package substantially increases the value of tax credits provided for energy efficient home improvements, including windows and doors.
According to a statement released by Speaker of the House Nancy... more »
November 21, 2008
After extensive meetings with members and industry affiliates, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association have issued a letter providing additional feedback on the most recent proposed Energy Star program criteria as they relate to fenestration products.
"It is our intention to collaborate with the Department of Energy to... more »
October 15, 2008
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the $700 billion bail-out bill passed earlier this month, includes provisions bringing back the 2006 and 2007 tax credits for energy efficient improvements in 2009. Additionally, the new law extends the deductions builders can take for improvements in new homes through 2009 and the deduction for energy-efficient... more »