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W&D Weekly
May 17, 2017
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The Demand for Customization

Baby boomers and millennials may have many differences, due in part to their age separation and the amount of income at their disposal, but on closer examination they share a number of similar buying traits. Dealers have reported that both generations are willing to spend money on new trends: customization, contemporary design and a compromise between privacy and lightRead More

Now Accepting Nominations for the Crystal Achievement Awards

Window & Door is receiving nominations for the 2017 Crystal Achievement Awards through Friday, June 16. The awards recognize residential window and door manufacturers and component suppliers for their contributions to the industry. Read More


More News
WDMA Submits Comments to EPA on Major Rules
House Introduces Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act
New Members Join Deceuninck Commercial Alliance
Marvin Windows and Doors Introduces Designer Black Interior Finish
Product Spotlight
CompositWood Door by Interstate Window & Door Co.
The CompositWood 9400 Architectural Series from Interstate utilizes Quanex Building Products’ MikronWood and Duralite spacers, blending the appearance of wood with the reportedly maintenance-free aspects of vinyl and the strength of metal. CompositWood does not absorb water or moisture, according to the company, which offers a limited lifetime warranty.

The Talk

By Melanie Scherer, The Gary Law Group

Many are familiar with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: federal laws governing warranties for consumer products which can apply to certain types of window product sales. An important amendment to the MMWA is being implemented by the Federal Trade Commission—the E-Warranty Act. 

This update provides manufacturers with the option to provide the warranty by directing consumers to a website for essential terms and related information. Prior to this amendment, the MMWA required warranty terms be on the product or with the product packaging. 

Not only does this present obvious cost savings with respect to packaging and printing, but the convenience of providing warranty information online can also serve to streamline claim processing. Read More 

Monthly Reader Poll
For the many residential window and door manufacturers that comprise our industry, Energy Star has been a way of life since 1992. Now, that program may be substantially changing or going away completely. 
The 2018 Federal budget proposal includes the possible elimination of the Energy Star program, as part of an estimated 25 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, which funds Energy Star. Under the proposal, a non-governmental entity could potentially take over the Energy Star program. The budget is still under consideration and has not been finalized as of press time. However, the proposal has already generated attention in the industry.
For some, eliminating Energy Star is welcome news; others see it as a disaster. The June/July issue of Window & Door magazine will cover the potential impact of eliminating the Energy Star program. As part of that coverage, we want to hear from you. Weigh in on this month’s poll, post a comment or email us your thoughts. 
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