April 27, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 17
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ATI Acquires ETC Assets

Architectural Testing Inc., based in York, Pa., has acquired substantially all assets from ETC Laboratories in Rochester, N.Y...read more


DOE and HUD Kick Off Energy Efficiency Loan Program

FHA-backed PowerSaver loans will be available from 18 lenders in certain regions of the country to provide homeowners up to $25,000 to make energy-efficient improvements, including door and window replacement...read more


AAMA Commends Senators for Letter to EPA

The association is commending 12 U.S. Senators who collectively sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson questioning the EPA’s efforts to further amend the current Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Regulations...read more


French Company Working on Bio-Based Framing

A composite window profile combining thermoset resins and flax fibers is being developed by Innobat, a French research and development company....read more

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The PowerSaver pilot lending program will:
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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

Some interesting news this week from HUD and DOE.  In the Obama Administration's continuing efforts to encourage energy efficient upgrades to the nation’s residential housing stock, the PowerSaver lending program is now open for business.

In a nutshell, homeowners with decent credit and some equity in their homes are eligible to seek low-interest loans for up to $25,000 to complete significant energy efficiency upgrades. The lenders in the pilot are committed to making these loans and the government (HUD) will back them in the event of default. The government is expecting to assist around 30,000 homeowners and create about 3,000 jobs, says HUD. Maybe even more over time if the program gains traction in the marketplace.

So share some thoughts with me. Do you like the concept? Is this a healthy way for HUD to accomplish its objective of more efficient homes without stretching the federal budget?   Do you think it will help more homeowners secure the financing they need to tackle their window and door replacement projects? What about the impact on your business?  If you sell replacement windows or doors, would this help you? Or do you see this helping a limited number of companies at your expense? Please send me an email or post a comment to share your thoughts.

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