July 23, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 30
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NWDA Wants to Expand Lobbying Efforts
Facing more stringent requirements in Energy Star criteria—and frustrated with the limited tax incentives offered to people replacing windows—members of the Northeast Window & Door Association have been talking about the need for the industry to start lobbying more in Washington. ... read more

California Adopts First Statewide
Green Building Code
California on July 17 became the first state to enact a green building code, aiming to increase energy efficiency and reduce water consumption in all construction throughout
the state. ...
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Round Top Shuts Down in Ontario and Ohio
The Ontario and Ohio operations of Round Top Window Products closed their doors in June. ... read more

Investment Firm Acquires Bradco Stake
Advent International, a global buyout firm, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Bradco Supply Corp., a distributor of roofing materials and other building
products. ...
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The Talk...

Thanks to the economy, my wallet is lighter and my attitude is:
In the toilet as well.
Somewhat dependent on the day of the week and the price at the pump.
So far resilient—I'm trying to keep a positive outlook.

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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor
of Window & Door

I don’t know about you all, but this economy is really getting to me emotionally. It was tough to swallow gas prices above $4—even $3.99 is easier to accept than $4.01—and, like everybody, I’ve been watching my grocery bills creep higher for months.

Builders don’t have a ton to be happy about in this economy, for sure. NAHB’s Housing Market Index, which measures builder confidence, slumped again this month, dipping to a new record low and showing no signs of improving in the near future.

Gosh, that’s depressing.

I tend to be a pretty positive person by nature, but a girl can only read her Wall Street Journal headlines for so long before they take the fun out of her morning coffee. How about you? Are you losing your ability to maintain your “we’ve gotta be near the bottom” semi-positive attitude? Send me an email to share.

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There’s no shortage of skeptics, but windows that generate electricity do generate some enthusiasm. Read what our readers had to say here...
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