Years Later, ARRA Tax Credits Showing Positive Payback

Nov 16th, 2015

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) caused some controversy in the fenestration business when it was launched in 2009. How did they come up with the performance numbers? Why are all climates and regions being treated the same? Will such a large investment make an impact in the long term? In some ways, it […]

Green Building: The Value Beyond Operating Costs

Nov 2nd, 2015

In previous blogs I have written that the DOE and EPA are actively seeking data on energy-efficient building upgrades in manufacturing and commercial real estate, but the focus has predominately been on building operating costs. Until now. A recent – and compelling – study published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of Portfolio […]

The State of Energy Efficiency Incentives

Oct 19th, 2015

When marketed correctly, incentives for energy-efficient home improvements have the power to move consumers off the fence and into buying mode. We’ve seen them do wonders in the past for our industry, but what does the future hold? On the federal level, residential tax credits are difficult to predict year-to-year with decisions being made by […]

After Nine Months, A 3-D Printed Home is Born

Oct 5th, 2015

Back in April, I visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for a presentation on “Additive Manufacturing,” also known as 3-D printing. ORNL was proudly showing off its newest 3-D printing machine featuring a bed big enough to print a small house – and guess what? They did. 3-D printing is not new and has been […]

DOE Technology Review: 400-Plus Pages at-a-Glance

Sep 28th, 2015

You are busy with sales calls, continuous improvement initiatives and seeking opportunities to grow your business. You probably don’t have the time to read 400+ pages from the DOE’s Quadrennial Technology Review of energy technologies and research opportunities. So I’m going to break down a few of the highlights and points that have the greatest […]

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 […]