November 4, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 44
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DOE Issues Draft Requirements for R-5 Window Program

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MI to Idle North Carolina Plant

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Illinois Weatherization Projects to Use Serious Windows

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The Talk...

Will Your Company Get Involved in Weatherization Projects?
Unlikely, but we are looking at the possibility.
We have already worked on such projects.
We are definitely interested in these types of projects.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Traditionally, when I hear the word "weatherization," it meant caulking some gaps and adding some insulation, not replacing windows or doors. That could be changing. The Department of Energy sees payback in getting more homes and buildings retrofitted with super-efficient products and is promoting a new high-volume purchase program for R-5 windows and high-performance storms. 

Serious Materials, which has trumpeted the potential of this market previously, announced last week it would be providing windows for a larger number of weatherization projects in the Chicago-area. Funding for the projects is coming from the economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year, and most states are getting federal money for weatherization programs of their own. 

The Obama Administration wants us to make the country more energy efficient and create jobs. It has billions of dollars earmarked for weatherization, and it seems they want some of that money to go our  industry.

So, is your company looking at weatherization? That's our poll question of the week.  And as usual, I'd like to hear from you too. Do you think this is a good idea for our economy? For our industry? If you're a dealer or manufacturer that's got experience in this arena, we'd love to hear from you in particular.


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