Be Part of the Solution

Oct 20th, 2014

If you only read one of my blog posts this year, I hope it’s this one. Discussions about Energy Star® Version 7.0 – yes, 7.0 – are kicking off in December and now is the time to get involved if you want to protect the interests of your company and our industry. Many lessons were [...]

Builder-Grade Makeover on the Horizon

Oct 5th, 2014

High-performance windows aren’t just for R&R anymore. A new breed of homebuilders is emerging to appeal to a new breed of consumers who are environmentally conscious, energy-cost conscious and/or just want something different from what everyone else has. Like most businesses, homebuilders need to create points of differentiation to capture the interest of consumers – [...]

Hope, Confidence and Mid-Term Elections

Sep 22nd, 2014

Hope, Confidence and Mid-Term Elections Unemployment numbers are slowly creeping down. Housing starts were up 15.7 percent in July, according to the Commerce Department. Business owners are showing more confidence in the Fed’s direction. And, if that’s not enough to feel encouraged, attendance at North America’s largest fenestration trade show – GlassBuild America – posted [...]

Provision Prevents Abuse of LRRP Rule

Aug 18th, 2014

According to the EPA, approved test kits for the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule have a failure rate of between 22.5 percent and 84 percent. I think we can all agree that this failure rate is unacceptable and unproductive. The good news is that, in mid-July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve [...]

In the Year 2030: Part 2

Aug 4th, 2014

Welcome to the third blog in a series about the DOE’s Roadmap for Emerging Technologies and its potential impact on the future of the fenestration industry. In case you missed the first two, you can find them here: Chasing the Next Low-E In the Year 2030: Part 1 As discussed in my last blog, the [...]

In the Year 2030: Part 1

Jul 21st, 2014

The next 15 years might prove to be one of the most significant eras in the history of technologies for doors, windows and skylights. Got your attention? As detailed in my May blog “Chasing the Next Low-E,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has a Roadmap for Emerging Technologies in place [...]

Partisan Politics Stall Productivity

Jul 7th, 2014

We are officially 75 percent through the reign of the 113th Congress, and to many the end can’t come soon enough. Predictions that it would become one of the least productive in U.S. history are coming true with the next six months slated to be monopolized by campaigning for mid-term elections and fundraising. Congress Enacted [...]

Ten Tips for Hosting Public Officials

Jun 16th, 2014

There’s no better time to get the attention of your member of Congress. With mid-term elections coming this fall, they will be getting out to as many events as possible to help secure re-election – and visiting your facility and mixing with your employees is just what they will be looking for. Their reasons aren’t [...]

Vinyl Industry Takes on LEED® v4 in Washington

Jun 2nd, 2014

The Vinyl Institute Fly In on May 21 might be better described as a ‘Swarm In’ with nearly 70 constituents from across the U.S. making the trip to Washington to make a case for “Fairness and Competition.” The material biases included in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® [...]

Bad News for Bi-Partisan Bill

May 19th, 2014

After days of promising discussion in the Senate, an important bill promising to create almost 200,000 jobs, reduce pollution and save taxpayers billions on their energy bills became ensnarled in a web of election-year politicking—leading to a failing 55-36 vote. The Shaheen-Portman Bill is uncontroversial by itself with support from both sides of the aisle. [...]