February 9, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 6
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The Latest...

Empire Pacific to be Part of Cascade

Oregon-based Empire Pacific Windows is merging with Cascade Windows, the vinyl window and door manufacturer based in Spokane...read more

Obama Pushes Better Buildings and HomeStar

Speaking at Penn State last week, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative, a new program designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent...read more

Sika Established Industry Focused Business Unit

Sika Corp. has established the FFI Business Unit to target the needs of customers in the North American facades, fenestration and insulating glass marketplace...read more

Soft-Lite Adds New Dealer Service

Replacement window manufacturer Soft-Lite LLC is offering GuildQuality Customer Satisfaction Surveying as a benefit for its dealers...read more

FFI to Carry Winkhaus Products

Winkhaus, the hardware manufacturer based in Germany, has named Functional Fenestration Inc. to be exclusive North American source...read more

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The Talk...

Should the industry lobby for HomeStar in 2011?
Yes, if it can be changed.

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John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door

Personally, I thought HomeStar was dead.  And given our current Congress, it may be, but President Obama brought it up again last week. Re-emphasizing his commitment to energy efficiency, he said would push for the initiative as part of his his next proposed budget. 

I know there are a lot mixed industry feelings on HomeStar.  Some people like the idea of incentivizing homeowners for energy efficient upgrades. Like the tax credits of the past two years, such a program would boost employment in the short term and help make our country greener and less dependent on foreign oil in the long term. 

Some have questions about the HomeStar program–saying the rebate program is too bureaucratic and will favor big players over independents. Many also just think the government should get out of the incentives business and stop spending money it doesn't have. Perhaps it's beating a dead horse, but is HomeStar something the industry should rally around and promote? That's our poll question of the week.  

And, as usual, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Obama's Better Building Initiative is getting some positive response from those in the commercial market. If you think incentives are good, but don't like HomeStar, how could it be improved? If, after two years of tax credits, you think the industry would be better off without any more government programs, let me know that too. Email me or post a comment.


Continuing Conversations...

"Are You In the Market? Or On the Market"

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