Industry Association Cautions Against EPA Overregulation

Jan 19th, 2015

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With policymakers in the United States Congress having just kicked off the new year, industry members and associations are eager to see how activity at the nation’s capital in 2015 will impact their respective trades. That attention is not lost on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), which recently released its 2015 National Policy […]

Sika AG Pushes Back Against Saint-Gobain’s Takeover Move

Jan 16th, 2015

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The management of Swiss specialty chemical company Sika AG continues to push back against French conglomerate Saint-Gobain’s move to seek controlling interest in the company. Several investors are supporting management’s position, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Cascade Investment LLC, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Threadneedle Investments and the Ethos Foundation. Meanwhile, representatives of Saint-Gobain […]

EPA to Revise Lead Paint Program

Jan 15th, 2015

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed three minor changes to its Lead-based Paint Activities and the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting programs that could make them function better. According to the proposal, the EPA wants to eliminate a rule that requires hands-on refresher training courses for renovators, which would allow them to […]

More States Are Adopting this New Energy Rating System

Jan 12th, 2015

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A new energy rating system is making waves across the U.S. as another state will be adopting the method as a pathway to getting residential building permits approved. Illinois is adopting Residential Energy Services Network’s (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index as a way to gauge a home’s energy performance pursuant to a building […]

At CES, These Door and Window Products Caught Our Attention

Jan 9th, 2015

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It seems like every industry is getting in on the action at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and doors and windows are no exception. Keeping up with the digital age, here are some door and window products unveiled last  week in Las Vegas that we thought were worth sharing with our readers. Pella’s Insynctive Technology […]

Therma Tru Receives 10-Year Local Tax Abatement

Jan 8th, 2015

Therma Tru employees put together a door at the company's Butler, Ind., plant.

A three-year, $20 million investment in the local economy has earned Therma-Tru a 10-year tax abatement on new equipment for its plant in Butler, Ind. According to public documents, the city approved the abatement after the company said it would make such an investment and hire 105 additional full-time employees, whose average annual salaries eventually […]

Congress Just Did Something Your Customers Will Want to Hear About

Jan 6th, 2015

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In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress recently pulled together to pass the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (HR 5771), signed into law by President Obama on December 19. While the bill includes many provisions, door and window installers may want to note one in particular. Section 25C allows individuals to update the tax […]

New Year, New Regulations: Maryland’s Lead Paint Rules Updated

Jan 5th, 2015

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The state of Maryland is renewing its efforts to combat lead poisoning from lead paint—sort of. As of January 1, 2015, all rental properties built before 1978 (when lead paint was banned) must comply with the state’s already existing “Lead Law.” The law includes registering rental units within 30 days of acquisition (for a $30 […]

From the Home Office in Garrisonville, The Top Stories of 2014

Dec 30th, 2014

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2014 was another eventful year for the door and window industries, and dwmmag.com was there to cover every aspect of it. So as we prepare for the start of 2015, let’s look back at the most-clicked stories of the past 12 months. The most-read story of the year was an item from August about a class […]

This All-Glass House Shatters Assumptions About ‘Green’ Construction

Dec 29th, 2014

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Forget that bit about throwing rocks. People who live in glass houses might be healthier and happier. That’s the thinking behind the Photon Project, a British start-up developing all-glass residences called Photon Spaces that the company says will “enhance the positive effects of natural light on health, well-being, mood and behavior.” The idea for an […]