August 27, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 35
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Texas PPG Plant Closed After Torrential Storms
PPG Industries Inc.’s Wichita Falls, Texas, plant was forced to temporarily cease operations on Aug. 19 due to excessive flooding from torrential storms the day before, leading to some service interruptions. ... read more

Wheeler’s Back in Business
Following Assets Auction
Six months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Wheeler’s Building Materials has emerged as a new company, according to media reports, although all senior staff, logos and the company name remain unchanged. ... read more

Time to Update Your Buying Guide Listing
Window & Door is beginning work on its 2009 Buying Guide, the industry’s most complete directory and reference book.

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Norandex Adding New Locations
Norandex Building Materials Distribution opened two new branches in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, hard on the heels of acquiring two new stores in the Baton Rouge, La., region. ... read more

AEC Debuts ‘Green’ Brand Image
The Aluminum Extruders Council has unveiled a brand image to promote the environmental benefits of aluminum. ... read more

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The Talk...

New U-factor requirements in the South:
Add needless expense for that climate
Are cost-effective and doable
Should not be required for impact windows

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John Swanson,
associate publisher
of Window & Door

Two weeks ago, I asked readers about more stringent U-factors proposed by DOE for Energy Star windows in Northern climates. I did that largely because those were some of the more controversial numbers floated by DOE initially.

The latest proposed changes, however, at least initially, are expected to have the biggest impact in the Southernmost zone. Granted, DOE may not have much of a choice in introducing new more stringent U-factor requirements for these areas (including places like Miami and Phoenix). Energy Star is basically keeping up with proposed code changes. So what do you think? That’s our poll question of the week.

And as usual, we’d love to hear your thoughts too. How do you think the new criteria (both Energy Star and code changes) will effect the market in these warmer climates? Send me an email and share your thoughts.

The Talk..., Page 2

Are more window and door industry players contributing to the surge in U.S. exports? Read Page 2 of "The Talk...".

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