“We have to put a face on the WDMA here in Washington, In fact, the whole window and door industry needs to be better known in Washington.”Those were the words of Michael O’Brien, executive vice president of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, and he and his new Washington, D.C.-based legislative team (CLICK HERE for that story) have the goal of doing just that–getting the issues of the door and window industry in front of legislators.

O’Brien says he and his staff are just finishing the WDMA’s position on the climate change legislation. He points out that the WDMA’s focus will be on the building code and energy efficient provisions in the bill, rather than other items in the bill.

“While cap and trade is relevant we will really focus on those issues directly affecting the door and window industry,” he says. “There is so much attention placed on cap and trade [by various industry groups] that we need to get the other industry concerns raised to the highest level.”

That will be the team’s focus during the August congressional recess–educating key staffers regarding these and other issues.

Another big issue for the legislative arm of the association is getting a revision made to the .30/.30 tax credits for doors and windows.

“We want to see the tax credits follow the 2010 ENERGY STAR requirements,” says O’Brien. “.30/.30 is a standard based on nothing and we don’t want it to set a precedent and gain traction.”

Editors’ note: DWM editor Tara Taffera met with O’Brien and his staff recently. To hear more of O’Brien’s comments on .30/.30 and the climate changes bill, be sure to tune in to the August edition of the DWM newscast, which will hit readers next week.

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  1. I am disappointed that WDMA continues to leave out any mention of its skylight member concerns in this new initiative. Although the organization’s name is abbreviated to exclude this product category, they gladly accept our dues and fees. My concern is that the unique aspects of roof-mounted fenestration products are being officially relegated to afterthoughts, particularly in regard to the 0.30/0.30 issue. This needs to change, the sooner the better.

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