Latest Articles in Industry Watch

  • Cutting regulations with a two-edged sword
    As we have been observing over the last few articles, the regulations imposed by various federal agencies has, in large part, been initiated by a blizzard of executive orders. Many feel that these usurp the prerogatives of Congress and that duplicative and unnecessary rules have unjustifiably harmed manufacturers, without demonstrable benefit to the citizenry. To illustrate the point, an Office... more »
  • In the last installment of Industry Watch, we looked at the Department of Labor’s move to redefine overtime pay. As readers may recall, the new edict proposed last summer set out to essentially double the salary threshold under which employees would have to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 per week from the current annual level of $23,660 to $47,476. If it became effective... more »
  • Balancing power on the backs of manufacturers
    In a recent installment of Industry Watch, we examined how the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has unnecessarily hamstrung many contractors and increased costs without proven benefit to public health. Turns out, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the last year, the outgoing administration has focused on what it sees as flaws in the labor market, forcing the pace of labor... more »
  • The Environmental Protection Agency went live with its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule on April 22, 2010. The measure (40 CFR §745.85, under the section entitled Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention In Certain Residential Structures) asks a lot. It requires renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet in the interior of a home built before lead paint was banned in 1978... more »
  • It’s not just for the big boys
    The belief that small- and mid-sized business owners do not need to make cyber security a top priority is a dangerous misconception. At the AAMA Summer Conference, Larry D. Sjelin, Sr., chief of staff, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke about how cyber thieves have increasingly targeted small businesses over the last four years. Viewing... more »
  • The potential impact of latest bills
    In a recent Eye on Housing blog, Robert Dietz, chief economist and senior vice president for Economics and Housing Policy for the National Association of Home Builders noted that “housing demand is promising… but while home building continues to grow, the industry is currently in a cautious stance given regulatory burdens and supply chain issues.” Builder confidence indeed... more »
  • How codes are adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
    Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. The landmark 2002 fire season served as the catalyst for a concerted effort to develop WUI codes... more »
  • Bringing manufactured housing fenestration certification up-to-date
    AAMA third-party certification of manufactured housing fenestration has been around since 1983 and so has the Procedural Guide for the program—at least until recently. AAMA 104, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors of that vintage has served well as the basis... more »
  • Depending on who one listens to, one could believe that the economy is either circling the bowl or firing up at the launch pad. The best focus in the midst of all of this confusion may simply be to regain some sense of normalcy. What might be the best case scenario? Perhaps we should turn to the likes of William B. Greiner, CFA, chief investment strategist for Mariner Wealth Advisors—a... more »
  • Fenestration rarely achieves the pinnacle of notoriety for technological advancement enjoyed by iPhones, advanced pharmaceuticals or new space vehicles, but one recent development comes close. The Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges teams from the world’s most prestigious institutions to design, build and operate solar-powered... more »