April 6, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 14
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New Window Maker Opens Doors in Pennsylvania

With its official opening on Monday, Affinity Windows Inc. has kicked off production, serving dealers and distributors...read more

Quanex Closes Edgetech Deal

Edgetech IG became part of Quanex Building Products, as the two companies closed the previously-announced sale April 1...read more

Industry Groups Applaud Congressional 1099 Repeal

NAHB and WDMA are among the groups applauding Senate passage yesterday of the repeal of the expansion of Form 1099 information reporting requirements...read more

Dealer Settles Lead Paint Claim with EPA

Window World of St. Louis Inc., has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations..read more

Emphasizing Care and Maintenance

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has published a new brochure to educate homeowners...read more

DOE Working with Developer of Solar Window Technology

New Energy Technologies has entered into a cooperative R & D agreement with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab to help advance SolarWindow technology, capable of generating electricity on see-through glass....read more

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What do you think of DOE's Home Energy Score progam?
Never heard of it.
I've heard of it, but I don't know much about it.
It might have some potential benefits to our business.
I don't see it having much of an impact on business.
I think it could have negative effect.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Window & Door Dealers Alliance members are heading to Department of Energy offices in Washington, D.C., today to learn about the Home Energy Score program. In the pilot phase in a number of places around the country, the program uses specially-trained assessors who walk through homes and input information into a program that outputs a score card with a 1 to 10 energy efficiency rating and a list of recommended upgrades, estimated costs and paybacks.

The idea is that, with this knowledge, homeowners will be more willing to make investments in energy retrofits. It is also hoped that the Home Energy Score and the estimated energy cost savings generated could spur mortgage lenders, utilities and others to help finance such retrofits.

Theoretically, more people doing these kind of upgrades should be a positive for the industry, but there hasn't been a lot of industry involvement in the development of the initiative. In fact, there simply isn't a lot of awareness. WDDA is hoping to learn more about what the score system might say about window and door replacements, and it will be interesting to hear what they report back.  In the meantime, were you aware of DOE's Home Energy Score program? That's our poll question of the week.  And as usual, we'd like to hear from you.  Do you like the idea?  Does it worry you? If your company is in a market where DOE is currently conducting one of its pilot efforts, we'd especially love to hear feedback from you  Email me or post a comment


Continuing Conversations...

"What's Your Window Safety Week Plan?"

It would appear, overall, that the industry could do a better job..read more

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