WDMA Applauds House Passage of Change to Tax Credit Criteria

June 1st, 2010 by Editor

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association applauded passage of legislation last week by Congress that would replace the .30/.30 standard to qualify for a $1,500 tax credit with the 2010 ENERGY STARĀ® standards for windows, doors and skylights. The legislation was included as part of the tax extenders bill, which passed by a vote of 215 to 206 in the House of Representatives, and must now go back to the Senate for final approval. (The Senate passed the legislation in March. CLICK HERE for that story.)

“This is great news for the industry and the many consumers who will have not only more options for energy-efficient fenestration products, but also be able to choose the ones that are most appropriate for their region of the country,” says WDMA president Michael O’Brien. “We would also like thank Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), the original sponsor of the legislation, for his tireless efforts to enact this change.”

The current $1,500 tax credit, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, limited the tax credit to windows and doors “equal to or below a U-factor of 0.30 and SGHC (solar heat gain) of 0.30,” commonly known as the .30/.30 standard.

This legislation, once it is signed into law, would apply to purchases for the remainder of 2010. In addition, there would be a three-month phase in where both products would qualify.

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  1. unfortunately by the time it is enacted it may be a bit too late.
    hats off to all the people that pushed for it!

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