editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
Well, I certainly admit to being confused. Last week, we heard
rumors that manufacturers were telling customers that the IRS isn't
requiring windows to meet the 30/30 criteria established in the
stimulus package for tax credits. As long as windows had a current
Energy Star label, that was good enough to qualify.
skeptical, but it turns out those manufacturers were right–temporarily.
According to Department of Energy officials, Energy Star windows will
qualify for the tax credit until June 1. The DOE sent out a letter last
week to Energy Star stakeholders explaining the situation–or at least
trying to. The waters remain a bit muddy, no doubt.
But does this
IRS ruling have any real impact? Will it be a short-term opportunity
for some companies? Will it hurt others? What about homeowners? Are
the ones who paid extra to get 30/30 windows getting shortchanged?
Will it have any impact in the long run? Is it going to affect our
industry's credibility or creatle long term confusion? Email me and let
me know what you think.
The Talk..., Page 2
"Are You Safe?"
A technical glitch prevents us from providing you our results from last week's poll, but we are still talking about safety in the workplace. An OSHA letter sent to thousands of employers at the end of April, along with some recently introduced legislation, sends a signal that safety procedures and training might need to be moved up the priority list.