March 2, 2010
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 »
February 24, 2010
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) toured Jeld-Wen Inc.'s window manufacturing plant in Yakima, Wash., last week, where she hosted a press conference highlighting her efforts to support manufacturing and clean energy development. Cantwell has worked to create tax breaks for consumers purchasing energy efficient products, according to the senator's Web site.
“With the right tax... more »
February 9, 2010
"Don't wait any longer," said Paul Toub of Kachina Lead Paint Solutions, speaking to participants in the Window & Door Dealers Alliance webinar focusing on new Environmental Protection Agency rules addressing remodeling work in pre-1978 homes. With the April 22 effective date fast approaching, he urged listeners tuning in for yesterday's session to get their companies... more »
February 3, 2010
The Glass Association of North America is offering a webinar explaining new certification and labeling requirements imposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on its Web site. Available for download or streaming for $4.95, the webinar covers new certification rules applicable to glazing materials installed in hazardous locations, including doors.
On February 9, 2009, CPSC postponed... more »
February 1, 2010
In last week's State of the Union, President Barack Obama highlighted Northeast Building Products as an example of how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has created jobs.
Defending the 2009 stimulus package, Obama said, "Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. But you don't have to take their word for it." After pointing... more »
January 13, 2010
The California Building Standards Commission unanimously adopted yesterday the first-in-the-nation mandatory Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen) requiring all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Taking effect on January 1, 2011, the regulations are designed to achieve major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and... more »
January 13, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency sent out an alert yesterday announcing that only 100 days remain until contractors will be required to be trained, certified, and otherwise comply with its Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulation. The new rules, reported on at the end of last year, impact a wide variety of trade contractors, including companies involved in window and door... more »
January 5, 2010
The Department of Energy's Highly Insulating R-5 Window and Low-E Storm Window Volume Purchase Program is now seeking proposals from manufacturers interested in participating. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is managing the program for DOE, issued a request for proposal on December 16, 2009, along with specifications, a sample memorandum of understanding, bid sheets, and other... more »
December 26, 2009
The National Association of Home Builders says the health care bill passed before Christmas by the Senate features a last-minute provision that unfairly targets the construction industry. According to NAHB, the bill mandates that small construction industry firms provide health insurance, or pay penalities, if they employ more than five workers.
That is the... more »
December 7, 2009
Indicating he didn't want to tip his hand too much, President Obama told attendees at last week's White House job summit that the administration was looking aggressively at programs to encourage investment in energy efficiency upgrades and weatherization as part of its efforts to stimulate job creation.
His remarks came in response to comments from Ron Saxton, executive vice president of... more »