May 10, 2011
The Window & Door Dealers Alliance has secured a meeting next week with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to discuss the lead clearance testing requirements for the Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule scheduled to take effect this summer. WDDA representatives will be asking regulators to stop implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule.
The new rule... more »
May 3, 2011
The United States International Trade Commission has reached a final determination in its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of aluminum extrusions from China. Agreeing with U.S. Department of Commerce findings that these products are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value, ITC officials have cleared the way for preliminary duties imposed last... more »
April 28, 2011
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 »
April 14, 2011
A contractor specializing in spray-on vinyl siding and replacement windows and doors has agreed to pay $30,702 to settle claims by the New England office of the Environmental Protection Agency that it failed to provide lead hazard information to homeowners or occupants before doing renovations that may have disturbed surfaces coated with lead-based paint, EPA reports.
The settlement resolves... more »
April 7, 2011
Looking for a “seat at the table,” Window & Door Dealers Alliance representatives visited the Department of Energy yesterday to learn more about the agency’s plans for the Home Energy Score program. “By providing homeowners with a home energy efficiency rating, the program is designed to encourage energy efficient upgrades,” explains David Walker, WDDA VP.... more »
April 5, 2011
The National Association of Home Builders and Window & Door Manufacturers Association are among the groups applauding the Senate's passage today of the repeal of the Form 1099 information reporting expansion that would have been required as part of the health care overhaul bill passed last year. The repeal bill, which now goes to President Obama for his signature, was already passed by... more »
April 1, 2011
Window World of St. Louis Inc., has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least 20 St. Louis-area residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those locations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to an administrative... more »
March 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing a new strategy to promote the use of wood as a green building material. "Wood has a vital role to play in meeting the growing demand for green building materials," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Forest Service studies show that wood compares favorably to competing materials."
The new plan includes the following parts... more »
March 29, 2011
Mathews Brothers Co. hosted Maine Senator Olympia Snowe last week, showing her its latest technology in highly-insulating window products. Also invited was Rich Walker, president and CEO of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, who helped make the case for strengthening tax credits for energy efficient windows and doors.
Sen. Snowe serves as the ranking member of the Committee on... more »
March 17, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a new "top tier" Energy Star program designed to identify and advance highly efficient products in the marketplace. EPA is gearing up a pilot program for clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator‐freezers.
In a letter to stakeholders, Ann Bailey, director of Energy Star Product Labeling... more »