AAMA Adds Its Support to Bill Tying Tax Credits to Energy Star

October 26, 2009

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is voicing its support for proposed legislation tying energy efficient window tax credits to Energy Star qualifications.  Joining the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, which offered its endorsement of the bill last week, AAMA states that the bill would make it easier for consumers to take advantage of the economic stimulus package's tax credit toward energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights that are appropriate for their region.

Introduced by Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the bill (S.1792) changes the eligibility standard to allow Energy Star-rated products to qualify for home improvement tax credits specified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Previously, windows and doors were required to attain a value of 0.30 or less for both U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient. If passed, the Rockefeller-Grassley bill would apply to purchases in 2010.

"Energy Star is widely recognized and aligning the tax incentive with Energy Star will facilitate recognition of qualifying windows, doors and skylights. Moving the tax credit from the .30/.30 standard to the 2010 Energy Star standards eliminates confusion among consumers and will facilitate their selection of products that qualify for the tax credit and are tailored to meet the specific heating and cooling challenges of the climate zone where they live," says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. "In short, these tax credits help to build consumer demand for energy-saving technology, create thousands of jobs, save precious energy resources and reduce consumer energy bills."

Sen. Grassley shares this sentiment, suggesting the new bill would create "incentives for window and door manufacturers to create new jobs in this struggling economy."

"We need to make it easier for people to understand and be able to take advantage of these tax credits," adds Sen. Rockefeller, "so they can get more for their money, particularly during these tough economic times."