March 31, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 13
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Energy Efficiency Takes Center Stage at Fensterbau

Nuremberg, Germany—European windows and doors may be very different than North American products, but the two markets share common trends, including energy efficiency requirements that are being ratcheted upward and growing popularity for large door more

2010 Top 100 Manufacturers Now Online

Times were still tough in 2009, but signs of life emerged within our annual rankings of North America's largest window and door manufacturers, based on annual more

Court Approves Atrium Plan to Emerge from Bankruptcy

Atrium Companies Inc., the Dallas-based manufacturer of vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors, reports that its entry into an equity purchase agreement with Golden Gate Capital and Kenner & more

Atis Group Adds Maritimes' Allsco

Montreal-based Atis Group has acquired Allsco Building Products Ltd., a window and door manufacturer based in Moncton, more

DOE Secretary Touts Tax Credits at Seaway
Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu and Congresswoman Kathleen Dahlkemper visited Seaway Manufacturing Corp. today to meet with the owners and employees, tour the more

FMA to Meet in Florida for Spring Conference

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association will gather for its annual spring conference April 27-29 in Duck Key, Fla. Education tops the more

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The Talk...

Do you think R-5 program will have an impact?
Yes, it will change market significantly.
It will produce some change, but it will be slight.
No it won't have much impact.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Last year, the Department of Energy announced the launch of the R-5 windows and low-E storm windows volume purchase program, designed to find buyers for highly insulated windows and match them with manufacturers that would offer such products at an affordable price.

Checking the DOE Web site this week to see if they had announced which companies had been accepted for the program, I learned they received more than 50 proposals. Personally, I didn't know what kind of response DOE would get from manufacturers when it initially announced the program and how many companies would look to participate.  I'm not sure if 50 is a surprisingly high or surprisingly low. 

DOE says its goal in creating the program is market transformation. Will this program achieve that?  That's our poll question of the week.   And, of course, I'd like to hear more from everyone out there.  Are you surprised to hear 50 companies are hoping to be involved?  Do you think this program will have a big impact?  Do you expect to the program will generate many buyers?  Email me and tell me what you think this program means to your company and/or the industry.  


The Talk..., Page 2

"Will Tilt-and-Turn Windows Gain Market Share in North America?"

Most respondents don't see much growth, but some companies are finding opportunities with these products more

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