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. [...]

Chasing the Next Low-E

May 5th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that just 10 years ago Apple® revolutionized the world of music with its first-generation iPod®. We’ve come a long way in a short time with smartphones getting smarter by the minute and Google Glass taking communication to a new, rather strange, level. It’s a testament to how rapidly the world moves [...]

Three Giant Leaps for Energy-Efficiency Standards

Apr 21st, 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks for energy efficiency legislation from California to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for one new law draws nearer—and two others gain support. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening in the world of legislation and fenestration. CA Title 24 to Go into Effect July 1 The pioneering spirit of [...]

2014 Bills to Watch

Apr 7th, 2014

Many sources allege that the 113th Congress (2013-2015) is on pace to be the least productive in history. According to www.govtrack.us, there are 7,829 bills and resolutions currently before the United States Congress and, of those, only about 5 percent will become law. Despite a lack of confidence in Congress’s ability to get things done, [...]

Why the Shaheen Bill S.2074 is Important

Mar 17th, 2014

The Shaheen Bill, otherwise known as the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014 (ESIC), has had some starts and stops in the past, but has regained some momentum after its reintroduction on February 28. The renewed effort on the parts of Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) includes some modifications to [...]

Tax Credits: The End of an Era

Mar 3rd, 2014

No doubt federal tax credits were in place at a time when the fenestration industry needed a shot in the arm. As an industry we saw the greatest benefits in 2009 and 2010 under the influence of the ARRA Stimulus plan. However, when you put a Band-Aid on a scratch, you don’t expect that you [...]