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March 7, 2012
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WDMA Gathers to Push for Tax Credits, LRRP Reform

Washington, D.C.–The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is gathering here this week for its annual meeting and spring legislative conference.  Members were updated yesterday on Congressional efforts...read more

 
Senate Bill Would Pare Back LRRP Rule

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has introduced a new bill that would restore the opt-out provision to the Lead Repair, Remodel and Paint rules...read more

 
AAMA Tackles a Variety of Issues in Florida

Naples, Fla.–While the American Architectural Manufacturers Association celebrated its 75th anniversary at its recent annual conference, it was also business as usual...read more

 
Wellington Window Re-Opens Under New Name

With new investors acquiring the assets of Wellington Window & Door in February, the Minnesota-based manufacturer and installer has been re-opened...read more

 
Winchester Comments on FTC Settlement

One of the five companies named in a Federal Trade Commission announcement at the end of February...read more

 
Fensterbau/Frontale 2012 Product Showcase

An advance look at some of the products to be featured at the international window and door trade fair, scheduled for later this month in Germany...read more

 
 
More News
Manufacturers Urge Energy Efficiency Tax Credit
Name Change at Atrium
Andersen to Convert CNG Fleet
Marvin Honored by Minnesota Builders
MFM Names Canadian Rep
Beacon Named WDDA Member of the Month
The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

This week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is in Washington, D.C., with members making the industry's priorities known to legislators and regulators. The hot topics continue to be the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint rules and tax credits for energy efficient products.

In contrast, the recent FTC action against five window companies has been greeted fairly quietly.  Perhaps, that's correct. We know there are window sellers out there that stretch the truth, and there needs to be limits. On the other hand, many of the advertising and marketing questioned by the FTC don't seem too far off from what the Department of Energy has said at times in the past. DOE, in fact, has touted the payback potential of triple-glazing and R-5 windows more aggressively than many window and door executives.  

So I can't help but ask. Should we push back against the FTC? That's our poll question of the week. Of course, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue too. Did the FTC go too far? Should the industry be able to talk more about energy savings? Will our hands be tied as we try to sell high performance products? Or, is the agency right? Are there many companies out there that need to be reined in? Post a comment or email me and let me know what you think.

 

Are You Confident in Your Claims?

Survey results suggest most window and door companies are comfortable with their message..read more

Should the industry push back against the FTC?
Yes
No
 
 
The Outside View
Housing Indicators Continue to be Positive
From NAHB Eye on Housing
Construction Jobs Rebound Amid U.S. Home Remodeling Pick-Up
From Bloomberg.com
Facebook Scam Steals Ottawa Window Dealer's Business
From CBC News
Building Contractors Shift Their Purchasing Behaviors
From L.E.K. Consulting

 
 
 
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