July 30, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 31
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NFRC Looks at IG Certification Again
The National Fenestration Rating Council plans to add a requirement for IG certification to its rating and labeling program, but just how that will be done was still up for discussion at its summer membership meeting held this week in Chicago. ... read more

AAMA Starts Evaluation of Rating Method for Hurricane Rain Resistance
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently started a yearlong review process to evaluate AAMA 520, a new specification designed for rating the severe wind-driven rain resistance of windows and doors. ... read more

Edgetech Operations Earn ISO 9001:2000 Certification
Edgetech I.G. production operations have been certified to the ISO 9001:2000 International Quality Standard, the company
reports. ...
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Fen-Tech Signs Midwest Sales Rep
Specialty vinyl window and door supplier Fen-Tech Inc. has signed up with Cleveland-based Stern & Co. to represent its line in the Midwest and New York. ... read more

Slight Recovery Expected in German Market
Following a downturn in 2007 that exceeded many expectations, the German window market is expected to see about 1 percent growth in 2008, according to a new study by Interconnection
Consulting. ...
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The Talk...

Things will improve most for industry next January:
When John McCain is sworn in.
When Barack Obama is sworn in.
When either is sworn in.
Sorry, neither will help much.

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John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

Many home buyers think the market will improve once a new President takes office next January, according to a recent Move Inc. survey.

I’m not sure what those results mean, but it got me thinking: does the industry think things will improve when our next President is sworn in? And, if so, who would improve things most for the window and door business—John McCain or Barack Obama?

So that’s my poll question for the week. Remember, it’s not who you’re going to vote for—we’ll get to that later—but which candidate would do more for us? Whether it’s reduced taxes, steps to improve the economy generally, efforts to boost the housing market or remodeling activity more specifically or a push to get a new energy bill enacted that made the U.S. greener or less dependent on foreign oil, the next President is likely to bring a new agenda to the White House.

If you think McCain or Obama would be better for the industry, email me and let me know why. And what if you had five minutes to lobby either candidate on behalf of your business, what would you ask for? We haven’t talked about presidential politics since the primaries, so let’s start a little dialog now.

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