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
at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, among
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.