August 4, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 31
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The Latest...

Home Star Advances as Part of New Senate Bill
Already passed by the House of Representatives, Home Star legislation advanced in the Senate last week as part of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act...read more

Ohio Window Maker Closes Its Doors
Atria Building Products, a manufacturer of wood and vinyl windows based in Johnstown, Ohio, officially closed its doors...read more

Industry Dodges Formaldehyde Certification Bullet

AAMA's Rich Walker provides an update on standards for wood-based composites coming from Washington...read more 


AccuWeld Now Haddon Windows & Doors

Haddon Windows LLC, previously operating as Accu-Weld, has changed its corporate name to Haddon Windows & Doors.  The name change is part of a strategic integration...read more


From Home Improvement to Home Performance

With Home Star back on the agenda, it's time to look at the "home performance" industry..read more

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The Talk...

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Home Star took another step forward last week. I can’t say I’ve heard a lot of enthusiastic endorsements of the program from our industry, but there seems to be general support. Given the current state of our market, it’s hard to argue against a program that could stimulate more window and door sales.
 
Home Star comes with some baggage, however. It’s not clear what criteria a window or door installer might have to meet under such a program. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill also create a somewhat of a mandate for certified “home performance” companies—energy efficiency retrofitters. That’s raised some concerns at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, among others.
 
So how are you feeling about Home Star? That’s our poll question of the week. I offer my take on some of the potential implications in my August editorial, but I’d like to hear your thoughts about Home Star’s potential impact. Will the incentives encourage homeowners to upgrade their homes? Will rebates spur purchases of windows and doors specifically? Are you worried about how rebates will be handled? Do you see Home Star affecting some companies negatively?  Email me and let me know what you're thinking.

The Talk..., Page 2

"Did the Economy Change How You Install?"

No huge shifts out there, but some movement toward using more subcontractors..read more

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