April 20, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 16
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Lincoln Windows Struck by Tornado

The corporate offices and final assembly plant of Lincoln Wood Products were severely damaged by a category F3 tornado that hit Merrill, Wis...read more

EPA Fines Connecticut Dealer

A contractor specializing in spray-on vinyl siding and replacement windows and doors has agreed to pay $30,702 to settle claims...read more

New President for Guardian Glass

Scott Thomsen has been named president of the Guardian Flat Glass Group, succeeding Russ Ebeid, who is retiring after 41 years with the company...read more

WDDA Announces Forum Speakers

Attorney D.S. Berenson and entrepreneur Gene Marks will be the keynote speakers for the second annual Window & Door Dealers Forum...read more

IGMA Elects New President

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance board of directors has elected David Cooper of Guardian Industries...read more

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The Outside View...

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The Talk...

Are energy efficiency standards losing momentum?
No, they continue to become more stringent.
The pace of change may slow a little, but standards will continue to become more stringent.
Pushback against increasing government regulation is going to have a real impact.

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

The Pennsylvania legislature may be pushing back against the rising energy efficiency tide. According to a recent article, a bill is moving forward there that will make it extremely difficult to tighten the state energy code, because, environmentalists say, builders will have virtual veto power.

Through the years, there has always been resistance to higher energy efficiency standards. Manufacturers, builders and others have argued more than once that new, more stringent requirements would not be cost effective. Such arguments have probably slowed things down a bit, but it always seems that standards continue to be tightened.  One reason for this is that politicians on both sides of the aisle have generally supported progress in energy efficiency. 

Could that be changing? Is the backlash against government spending and regulations begining to slow the momentum of energy efficiency? That's our poll question of the week. And, as usual, I'd like to hear from you. Have you seen developments, like those in Pennsylvania, in your state? Would such a trend be good or bad for us as an industry?  Email me or post a comment and let me know what you think.


Continuing Conversations...

"Are 'Sting Homes' Fair?"

There's mixed opinion, but many believe it would improve contractor compliance levels..read more

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