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September 28, 2011
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WDMA Asks for Reconsideration of Energy Efficient Tax Credits

The association is urging House members to reconsider the tax credit for windows, doors and skylights scheduled to expire at the end of this more

"No Double Dip," Says Economist at AAMA

"Growth will be very slow, but we don't see the economy falling back into recession," said Esmael Adibi, an economist from Claremont Graduate University, at this week's 2011 American Architectural Manufacturers Association fall more

Australia's Brio Expands into U.S. Market

A Sydney, Australia-based manufacturer of hardware for sliding and folding doors is more

Power Expands in Massachusetts

Pennsylvania-based Power Home Remodeling Group hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for its newly-expanded operations in more

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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor
This week, WDMA expressed its opinion on behalf of the window and door industry that tax credits for energy efficient products should be reinstated. In a letter to House officials, WDMA argued that the tax credits worked to spur purchases of energy efficient fenestration products, particularly among middle-class homeowners.
Here in the industry, many of us believe that tax incentives created demand during an otherwise bleak economic period, and thus created jobs in the manufacturing and home improvement sectors. Some may argue the long-term impact of these types of government incentives, but it’s hard to say that the tax credits didn’t accomplish what was intended in 2009 and 2010. 
My question for you this week is whether we, as an industry, should push for more significant tax credit again?  With the 2011 credit set to expire, should we look ahead to 2012 and argue for reinstatement for the new calendar year? If we were to push for another tax credit period, does the higher amount that was available to homeowners in 2009 and 2010 make more sense than the greatly-reduced incentive offered in 2011? At what dollar threshold will would-be buyers take action to replace their outdated windows and doors? Please send me an email or post a comment.
Are You Still Selling White WIndows?

The answer is yes, but survey results indicate non-white window sales are on the more

The industry should:
Push Congress for larger energy efficient tax credits in 2012.
Push for Congress to renew current tax credits for 2012.
Stop looking for energy efficiency tax incentives.
The Outside View
New-Home Sales Decline 2.3 Percent in August
From National Association of Home Builders
In the U.S., Two Housing Markets and Two Directions
From The Associated Press
Lots of Green in Green Labels: FTC Watching Certifiers
From Waste & Recycling News
Avenues Exist for Jeld-Wen to Succeed
From Herald and News
Housing Slump Forces Cuts at a Company Town
From New York Times

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