Architectural Testing Inc. of York, Pa., opened up its facility last week to host the Northeast Window & Door Association’s (NWDA) Winter meeting. More than 100 attendees took advantage of the educational seminars, which covered hot topics such as energy codes, new glass certification requirements for 2010, National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) enforcement, the new lead regulations affecting replacement window jobs and an update on the residential door and window industry.

Henry Taylor, president of ATI, opened the day of education and gave a brief overview of how ATI has evolved over the years, but was quick to point out that ATI is the result of highly competent employees. A few of those employees, Scott Swaltek and Mike Mackereth, took time out of their day to bring attendees up to date on code requirements. They also showed examples of actual window testings that resulted in a pass or fail and explained why the windows did or didn’t meet code requirements. Attendees were also treated to a tour of the ATI facility.

NWDA president Darryl Huber of BF Rich Windows said he was “overwhelmingly surprised and happy about the attendance of the meeting.”

Tara Smith, director of public affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), also was present to invite NWDA members to join in NAM’s Manufacturing Summit being held April 14-15 in Washington, D.C.

“This is a fabulous event where the manufacturers have the chance to lobby their members of congress and share their stories,” said Smith.

As for some positives on the economy and industry, “A lot of positive things are going on in the housing industry,” said Michael Collins of Jordan Knauff & Company. “The housing industry will be a positive on the economy. Economic forecasters predict that 2010 will be the first year since 2005 for housing to contribute to the growth of the U.S economy. Home prices are expected to increase 2percent in 2010.”

Collins also pointed out that builders are buying land again. The housing tax credit has been expanded and housing affordability has posted near its highest level in 18 years. “The .30/.30 tax credit has also saved some small window manufacturers from going out of business,” he said.

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