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.