Do you agree with the 30/30 provisions?

Christina Lewellen
March 11, 2009
THE TALK... | Energy Efficiency

Survey Results for 03/11/2009:

Do you agree with the 30/30 provisions required to qualify for the $1,500 tax credit?









Now normally I would clean up those decimal points and round off the percentages so your brains don't have to work too hard to get the quick run-down on the results of the poll. But this week, I couldn't resist leaving it down to the final decimal point. People, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

I predicted last week that, based on the slew of emails I had received in response to the 30/30 requirements, the industry seemed fairly split on this issue. Some love it, some hate it—and no one is falling in the middle of the spectrum.

The emails I received this week echoed those of the past couple weeks, but I'll share a few additional perspectives if you haven't figured out which side of the equally-split line you're falling on.

"I don't know if you've heard from any skylight folks, but I want to request a spotlight be placed on the unit skylight (including tubular daylighting devices) segment. The ARRA limits just DO NOT permit such products to participate in the '30 percent sale' the tax credit represents. Because of code and NFRC rating requirements, if you take a double-pane window with a legitimate 0.30 U-Factor, mount it on a bare 2x4 wood curb sloped at 20 degrees with the horizontal, and test it again, the U-Factor becomes about 0.50. Our industry segment is screaming for fair treatment here, or 20,000 U.S. jobs will be affected negatively. If your publication wants to promote efficient daylight, you will do everything possible to get this word out ASAP, and help us find out how to fix this apparent oversight in the law."

"Christina, we are DEFINITELY IN FAVOR of more efficient products, but to blindside the industry with the .30/.30 requirements doesn’t give us adequate time to respond for the benefit of the American homeowner."
"We have to consider the lifecycle of these products. Only once every 20 years or so do the consumers replace their windows. If the criteria is lessened, you will have installed technology that is probably from the early 90sthat will now be in these homes until 2030. What a waste of a prime opportunity..."


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