March 3, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 9
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Obama Unveils Homestar Plan

If passed into law, the government will offer rebates for windows and doors under the new Homestar program officially unveiled by President Obama today.  Also known as Cash for Caulkers...read more


Vinyl Industry Sees New Threat Emerging at USGBC

Members of the Vinyl Institute and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association are protesting a proposed credit in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED...read more


Vitter, Engler to Speak at WDMA Conference

Energy Star is also on agenda at Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, scheduled for March 15-17 in Washington, D.C...read more


Energy Star Honors Industry Partners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have recognized several window and door manufacturers...read more

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The Homestar program will:
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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

President Obama released information yesterday about his widely-anticipated "Homestar" program, giving the window and door industry what could be another significant shot in the arm for sales products delivering energy efficient upgrades.

While all the details will come out in the next week or so with the official Senate bill, and further permutations are likely as legislation then makes its way through the House, homeowners could earnon-the-spot rebates that could reach as high as $3,000 .  Who knows, maybe they will be able to  double-dip on qualifying window and door purchases--also earning the current tax credits through the end of 2010.

Sure, there is some "must be performed by certified installers" language kicking around in there, but I'm expecting this initiative could result in additional good news coming from window and door companies. What about you? Is this just what the doctor ordered for our still-struggling industry? Send me an email to share your thoughts.

 

The Talk..., Page 2

"What's Your Status on New EPA Lead Rules?"

The industry, it appears, has a long way to go...read more

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