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 […]

Same Issues, Different Outlook after WDMA Legislative Conference

Mar 30th, 2015

If the issues on this year’s WDMA Legislative Conference agenda look familiar, that’s because they should. As we all know, the 113th Congress didn’t do much to advance the causes impacting our industry. Or any causes, for that matter. However, this Congress is showing some early signs we might see better results. Granted, I’ve had […]

A Tale of Two Bills: 10-Year Paybacks are Back in Vogue

Mar 16th, 2015

Some good news came out of Washington last week with the reintroduction of the Shaheen-Portman Senate Bill S 2262 (aka the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act), a measure that’s publicly endorsed by 140+ corporations, including Quanex. As you might recall, this energy-savings bill became ensnarled in politicking last May, leaving us wondering if it […]

It’s Getting Harder to be an Optimist

Mar 2nd, 2015

Following the midterm elections, I wrote an optimistic blog titled No More Excuses for Partisan Politics in which I discussed the high expectations we have for Congress to produce results. I also said that the first two months would be very telling, and they certainly have been. In his first six years in the Oval […]

DOE Converts Complicated Concepts into Consumer-Friendly Dialogue

Feb 17th, 2015

Over the past several months, I’ve dedicated a few posts to the emergence of energy-conscious homebuilders. Like all businesses, builders are seeking points of differentiation. At the same time, they are trying to wrap their minds around the evolution of consumer preferences and the highly technical world of energy-efficient building technologies. As a result, many […]

6 Themes in this Year’s WDMA Policy Agenda

Feb 2nd, 2015

Every year, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) produces a National Policy Agenda (NPA) outlining its take on the many issues facing the fenestration industry. The 2015 version was released recently, and it’s well worth a read, if you haven’t already read it. The comprehensive, 15-page document covers eight distinct categories: energy conservation, building codes, […]

ICYMI: 5 Key Takeaways from EPA Stakeholders Meeting

Jan 19th, 2015

If you’ve followed my blog over the last year, you know I’m a strong advocate for participating in conversations that will impact our industry. After all, we only have ourselves to blame if we are unhappy with an outcome we didn’t take the time to help shape. That’s why I am happy to see that […]

Does Your Home Need an Energy Diet?

Jan 5th, 2015

As the calendar turns and a new year begins, many of us are resolving to reduce stress, eat better and spend more quality time at the gym. Fitness is at the top of our minds as we strive to hit that magic number on the bathroom scale or fit into those size (insert number here) […]

Vinyl Institute Celebrates Successful Year, Looks to Future

Dec 15th, 2014

PVC and additives producers, as well as downstream product manufacturer such as Quanex, converged November 12-14 for a series of meetings hosted by the Vinyl Institute and Vinyl Building Products Council. The mood in the room was generally optimistic, as the groups were coming off a year of important accomplishments. Just a year ago, the […]