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January 16, 2013
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Fiscal Cliff Bill Extends Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
Passed at the beginning of the new year to avoid tax increases for most Americans, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is bringing back energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. Read more…
Great Day Adds Stanek to Portfolio

The parent company of Patio Enclosures has acquired the operating assets of Stanek Windows, an Ohio-based manufacturer and installer of vinyl windows. Read more…

Sturtz in Germany Files for Insolvency

Business operations and production continue at the vinyl equipment manufacturer’s headquarters in Germany, and at its U.S. subsidiary. Read more…

Fiberglass Pultruder to Launch Window Line at IBS

Making its debut at next week's International Builders' Show, Diversified Lineal Systems is a recently formed supplier of fiberglass window and door systems. Read more…

MIWD Adding New Product Line

Following up on the 2011 launch of its high-performance MI EnergyCore product line, MI Window & Door is introducing the Homemaker 3 Series. Read more…

Latest Edition of Green Residential Standard Gets ANSI Approval

The 2012 edition of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, developed by NAHB and ICC, includes changes in energy efficiency requirements and scoring of remodeling projects. Read more…


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The Talk

By John Swanson

Like most Americans, I spent part of the holidays following the news of the fiscal cliff negotiations. I was relieved when a deal was finally struck, thinking the stage is set for window and door industry growth in 2013, if only Washington can keep out of the way.

With all the discussions focused on tax rates for upper income people and potential spending cuts, however, I didn't give much thought to the potential return of tax credits for windows, doors and skylights.  Apparently, I wasn't alone.  Two weeks after the fact, it has emerged that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 includes provisions that restore the 2011 homeowner tax credits for purchases of energy efficient products, as well as business tax credits for builders and contractors building or significantly renovating ultra efficient homes.  

So, is this a good thing?  That's our poll question of the week. And we'd like to hear from you. Are you happy with the tax credits? Will the retroactive credits for 2012 create challenges?  Are you one of those in the industry that don't like the tax credits at all?  Do the maximum incentives need to be greater?  Should the industry lobby for credits at 2009 and 2010 levels?  Post a comment or email me and share your thoughts.
The tax credits enacted as part of the fiscal cliff bill:
Will have a positive impact on the industry
Will have a negative impact on the industry
Need to be larger to have a positive impact

What Role Do Installers Play in Your Sales Process?
The majority of survey respondents said they do not ask installers for input during the sales process. See the full survey results. Read more...

The Outside View
Remodelers Forecast a Bright 2013
From the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Construction Jobs Up in Recent Months
From NAHB Eye on Housing
Best Housing Markets of the Real Estate Recovery
From Aol Real Estate

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