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, environmental stewardship, building safety, housing and economic policy, tax policy, product supply and trade, and workforce/workplace.

While I encourage you to read it for yourself, I’d like to point out some repeating themes across all categories.

My take is that the WDMA NPA:

  1. Supports the National Energy Policy.
  2. Encourages programs and financial incentives for energy-efficient retrofits and new construction based on ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0.
  3. Encourages the use of green building programs, but discourages programs that discriminate against materials.
  4. Supports periodic changes to ENERGY STAR qualifying criteria based on market-penetration data and where cost-effective, affordable and feasible technology exists. They also emphasize reasonable timelines and consumer paybacks of 10 years or less.
  5. Discourages green building programs that are not nationally recognized with accredited consensus on the development process (Note: Currently the USGBC’s LEED® does not meet these criteria.) Specifically, federal construction should not designate a single program, but should allow all programs that qualify to be considered for a project.
  6. Supports the continuation of the mortgage interest tax deduction in anticipation of possible tax reform.

 

In March, the WDMA will follow up with a legislative conference where members will meet with Congress to emphasize the importance of these points. The View from Here is that whether you agree or disagree with the contents of the NPA, it’s always a good idea to let your congressional members know how you feel. Now is the time to reach out.

What’s your view? Email me directly at Eric.Jackson@Quanex.com.

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