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  • Window World of Omaha, Neb., has agreed to pay a $3,976 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least eight Omaha residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those location, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  This is the third such settlement in... more »
  • Severe storms and high winds damaged Pella Corp.'s Kentucky plant on April 25, according to an article in the Murray (Ky.) Ledger & Times. A press release sent to the newspaper by Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella spokeswoman, said the storm blew debris onto the facility’s roof, turned over two rooftop air conditioning units, and ripped aluminum siding from a shipping area of the... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is commending 12 U.S. Senators who collectively sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson questioning the EPA’s efforts to further amend the current Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Regulations.  The April 15 letter questions proposed clearance testing requirements, as well as EPA's analysis of... more »
  • PowerSaver loans, backed by the Federal Housing Administration, will be available from 18 lenders in certain regions of the country to provide homeowners up to $25,000 to make energy-efficient improvements, including door and window replacement. A two-year pilot program was kicked off last week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Energy.  "We... more »
  • Fortune Brands is making "excellent progress" towards a tax-free spin-off of the home and security business, a potential sale or spin-off of the golf business, and the establishment of the company as a pure-play spirits business, according to Bruce Carbonari, chairman and CEO, speaking today at the company's annual shareholders meeting.  In his update on the previously announced... more »
  • A composite window profile combining thermoset resins and flax fibers is being developed by Innobat, a French research and development company working in the green building arena. The technology was recently recognized with an Innovation Award in the bio-based materials category at the JEC Composites Show, an international event for the composites industry held in Paris in March.... more »
  • As tornado season escalates and increased tornado activity has devastated parts of the Midwest and the South during the past few weeks, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association has released a voluntary specification for testing and rating windows and other fenestration products that will be exposed to tornados and similar extreme wind and rain conditions.  AAMA 512-11, Voluntary... more »
  • Philadelphia-based Northeast Building Products has redesigned its website with a contemporary look and feel to better reflect the manufacturer's commitment to innovation, energy efficiency, and state-of-the-art technology. Rather than a traditional corporate layout, the new site was developed with a “techie” feel, officials state. By keeping the menus simple and intuitive, the site... more »
  • The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has announced that registration is now open for its 13th Annual Technical Conference, scheduled for June 20-22 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The three-day event will feature numerous sessions reporting on current industry research, trends in manufacturing processes and procedures, and emerging product technologies, WDMA officials note. Breakout... more »
  • Architectural Testing Inc., based in York, Pa., has acquired substantially all assets from Effect Technologies Corp., better known as ETC Laboratories. ETC's operations in Rochester, N.Y., will be evaluated for continued operations at this location, but customers will now have the ability to be serviced from ATI's multiple locations around the country with many more disciplines than previously... more »