November 18, 2009 | Vol 4, Num 46
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Environmental Group Takes Aim at Window Makers

ForestEthics placed a full-page ad in USA Today’s Phoenix edition during Greenbuild last week targeting Jeld-Wen Inc., Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. and Andersen Corp....read more


AMD Side-Hinged Door Standard Approved at Code Hearings

The Association of Millwork Distributors' side-hinged exterior door (SHED) standard received approval at the first round of International Code Council hearings which ended last week in Baltimore...read more


Residential Recovery May Top Expectations

New York–"The bigger the rise, the bigger the drop; and the bigger the drop, the bigger the rebound," said Peter Linneman, a consultant and professor the at Wharton School of Business, speaking of the housing market's historical performance at the 2009 Building and Infrastructure Conference...read more

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Environmental group attacks on industry companies:
Will increase
Will come up now and then, but we won't see a big increase
Will fade away


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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Most industry executives I've talked to view the green building movement as an opportunity, but they have also been cautious about it. It's easy to see why now, based on developments at last week's Greenbuild show. Three window manufacturers found themselves in the crosshairs of an environmental group, accused of greenwashing because of where they source their lumber.

Now I wouldn't claim that Andersen, Jeld-Wen and Kolbe & Kolbe are corporate saints that do everything right on the green front, but I know they all have made sincere strides to be environmentally responsible.  I also know that many other manufacturers could find themselves in the same position. We all know there are groups out there that don't like vinyl and it isn't hard to imagine some organization some day targeting a big name for using that material in their windows and doors. 

Will we see more greenwash charges? That's our poll question of the week, and, as usual, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the topic. Do you think we'll see more activity against wood product manufacturers?  What about other window and door producers? Do these environmental groups have any real impact?  Let me know what yout think.

 

The Talk..., Page 2

"Are the Headlines Helping?"

The majority of the industry isn't showing much more optimism..read more

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