Door and Window Musings
by Tara Taffera
November 10th, 2009

Make Your Voice Heard—No, Really!

I know it seems cliché but if there was ever a time to express your opinions regarding your trade-the door and window industry-the time is now. If you haven’t already figured it out, you as a door and window manfuacturer have a bevy of issues thrown at you, perhaps more than ever before.

There’s .30/.30, there’s the fact that Congress may change .30/.30 and instead have the tax credit be tied to 2010 ENERGY STAR requirements, there are upcoming ENERGY STAR changes in the next few years, and last, but certainly not least, the ENERGY STAR program is moving from the Department of Energy to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

And on top of all this you have to not only understand what all of this means to you as a window manufacturer, but also to convey all of these changes to those who sell your products. We’ve learned from various DWM readers and those of our sister publication, SHELTER magazine, that dealers still are not getting the message regarding what product qualify for the tax credit. Heck, I even talked to a company last week who said most of the contractors to whom he sells don’t even know there is a tax credit. I honestly find this hard to believe. This person reminded me that to him and me, it may seem surprising, as we live and breathe ENERGY STAR and the ins and out of the tax credit, but to contractors who sell a variety of products, it’s not as clear.

So as you’re immersing yourself in ENERGY STAR, .30/.30, etc., step back for a second and think about whether or not those who sell your products are getting the message you want them to get down the supply chain.

And if you’re at a trade show and you’re moaning to your colleagues as to what this all means to your company, etc., what impact it will have, remember to also express your comments to those who can take those factors into account when making decisions.

And don’t leave it to a few door and window manufacturers to fight your battles. Even if you’re a small or mid-sized manufacturer your voice should be heard as well. For example, CLICK HERE to learn about how the EPA is requesting your input regarding the transition of ENERGY STAR from DOE to EPA. Take advantage of these opportunites to express your opinions.

And as always, don’t forget to express them to me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Tara,
    I don’t recall seeing anything in the industry journals about th EPA’s new ruling on lead paint concerned with window replacement. This will have a huge and dramatic affect on our inustry, requiring dealers and contractors to hire outside experts to verify complete and proper lead paint removal around the window opening on any home built before 1978, a huge majority of replacement window sales. As I see it this could virtually eliminate small window jobs of less than 7 or so units, to allow th additional cost to not make the selling price prohibitive to the homeowner. In an economy where credit is still almost non-exitent this will have a devasting impact to dealers ability to make sales. The industry needs to speak up and get ths addressed. I’ve never heard a claim that anyone has ever been injured by lead paint during window replacements, but we will certainly be seeing claims in the futurer. This rule as I undestand it goes into full effect next April. If you want more information contact our marketing department or I can get it for you, but this needs to be a cover story.
    Wayne Gorel

  2. Tara:
    You are so right on target with this. We all need to be part of the process.

  3. I agree, this will have a huge impact as the rule stands now but the EPA has submitted a significant change to the rule on October 21, 2009 . If/When it takes effect in April the new rule change will eliminate the opt-out provision for 6 year old children not living in a home. What this means is that a homeowner with no children can no longer waive the lead safe renovation requirement. They will be forced to pay for the hazmat renovations which the National Association of Home Builders estimates to be $1,200 to $1,800 per home for simple window replacement. EPA estimates $35.00

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