The View From Here

A New CEO Means New Hope for USGBC

Sep 14th, 2015

Congress returned from recess with a full plate, including federal budget issues and the Iran nuclear deal. It’s safe to say that fenestration priorities will be on the back burner for now, but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made elsewhere. Over the years, I’ve been pretty vocal about the lack of transparency and disturbing […]

From Grim to Optimistic: The First 7 Months of the 114th Congress

Aug 17th, 2015

While there might be a lot of noise in the political world as 2016 presidential hopefuls kick off their campaigns, the halls of Capitol Hill are eerily quiet. With August recess upon us, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year so far. January-March The View from Here: Grim The 114th Congress convened for […]

Optimism is High for Important Legislation

Aug 3rd, 2015

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) continues to lead the charge for advocacy to improve conditions for door and window manufacturers, making our collective voice heard at the federal level.  In particular, the organization is working hard behind the scenes on three important issues that promise positive impacts on energy savings, job creation and environmental […]

State Incentives Opening New Doors for Window Manufacturers

Jul 20th, 2015

The New York State Senate unanimously passed S5013, a bill that will allow municipalities to offer owners of green homes up to a 35 percent reduction in property taxes for 20 years. The measure, led by State Sen. Rob Ortt, claims that payback could be as low as one to seven years, based on decreased […]

Vinyl Industry Fly-In: When One Door Closes …

Jul 7th, 2015

For several years, the annual Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-In was monopolized by one key issue: garnering General Services Administration (GSA) support to stop using LEED as the one and only green building certification for federal buildings. As we all know, this was an important issue for both wood and vinyl window manufacturers as LEED had […]

Better Buildings Approaches Halfway Mark, Shows Progress

Jun 15th, 2015

We are now four years into the Better Buildings initiative, a program that aims to improve energy use in commercial, residential and public buildings by 20 percent over a 10-year period. I attended the annual summit in May, along with 900 others, to hear firsthand about some encouraging progress, as well as some educational gaps […]


May 26th, 2015

Since its inception in 2010, the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule has been a point of contention among building and construction professionals, especially those of us in the fenestration industry. Estimates vary on how many potential window replacement projects and other types of renovations have been postponed or abandoned due to the high […]

… And That’s How a Bill Becomes a Law.

May 18th, 2015

In the nearly 18 months I’ve been writing this blog, this is the first time I get to report that a bill has become a law. I wasn’t the only one happy to see the Energy Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 535) get enacted on April 30. The list of supporters reads as a virtual […]

Finally, Some Momentum in Congress

May 4th, 2015

Some good news came out of Washington last week when the House passed S.535, an energy-saving bill that is compatible with the president’s position on energy and climate-change issues. All it needs now is his signature. As I wrote in previous blogs, the S.535 bill contains some of the key components of the larger bill […]

DOE Has Big Goals for Building Energy Consumption

Apr 20th, 2015

On the coattails of last week’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office 2015 Program Peer Review in D.C., I can’t help but be excited about the aggressive yet hopeful future the DOE is working toward for the building and construction market. The department has expedited goals for significant building energy savings, which is […]