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  • 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 »
  • Architectural Testing Inc. has opened a new Houston office to serve as home base for a mobile field testing unit, as well as forensic investigation services to the Greater Houston and South Texas/Louisiana area. The new facility also provides a convenient local platform for plant inspection services for area manufacturers participating in ATI’s certification programs, officials note.... more »
  • Premier Industrial, makers of Xtrabond sealants, XtraFlash flashing and XtraFoam, reports it recently made some significant equipment acquisitions to enhance its material flow and flexibility. The company added three high-speed cartridge fillers and two 75-gallon mixers to add to its capacity for 2010, says Derek Miller, president. The supplier enjoyed high double digit growth in 2009, adding... more »
  • Sage Electrochromics Inc. plans to build a high-volume manufacturing operation for its electronically tintable glass at its headquarters in Fairibault, Minn., thanks in part to more than $100 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.  DOE announced a conditional commitment for a $72 million loan guarantee last week, following up a $31 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax... more »
  • Serious Materials plans to retrofit glass in more than 6,500 windows in the Empire State Building as part of a project expected to reduce energy costs by more than $400,000 per year in the New York City landmark.  A 5,000-square-foot processing space is being built on-site at the building with glass to be removed from existing windows, re-used to make super insulating units and reinstalled... 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 »
  • The Tropical Forest Foundation has named Steve Tourek, senior vice president and general counsel for Marvin Windows & Doors, as the new president of its board of directors. The foundation works with conservation groups, government agencies and companies that manufacture wood products to promote training, outreach and research pertaining to sustainable forest management in tropical regions... more »
  • For the second year in a row, All Weather Windows has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. The national award program, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC Commercial Banking, the National Post and the Queen’s School of Business, is designed to recognize business excellence among Canadian-owned companies with revenues of more than $10 million. To qualify for the award, a... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have recognized several window and door manufacturers with Energy Star Partner of the Year and Sustained Excellence awards for their leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The companies will be honored March 18 at a Washington, D.C., awards ceremony. This year's Partner of the Year recipients... 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 »