Register Today for the WDMA National Architectural Door Conference
Register now to receive the early-bird rate for the 2016 National Architectural Door Conference presented by the WDMA National Architectural Door Council (NADC). The conference will take place on May 4, 2016 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, preceding the Door and Hardware Insitute's (DHI) 2016 ConNEXTions and will take place in the same location.
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Register Today to Attend the 2016 WDMA Technical and Manufacturing Conference
Register today and come join us for the 2016 WDMA Technical and Manufacturing Conference. Of course, the conference will contain valuable sessions addressing product performance, sustainability, environmental declaration, emerging product technology and product selection, among other topics. And as always, the conference will include ample time for meeting with colleagues and customers. The WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference and will be held in Chicago, Illinois at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile from Tuesday, June 28 to Thursday, June 30, 2016.
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WDMA Applauds Senate Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill
Amendment on FHA Energy Efficient Mortgages Included
[Washington, DC- 4/21/16] - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association
(WDMA) applauds the U.S. Senate for voting today on final passage of The Energy
Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) by a vote of 85-12. This legislation
makes several updates to the nation's energy policy and an amendment backed by
WDMA was agreed to before the final vote. The inclusion of the amendment
coincided with a WDMA member advocacy push on Capitol Hill during the annual
WDMA Legislative Conference earlier this week, highlighting the impact of
grassroots advocacy and its impact on legislation. Read more.
Announces New Portal to Speed Evaluation Reports of WDMA Hallmark Certified
Products to Texas Department of Insurance
[Chicago, IL- 4/13/16] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association
(WDMA) will release next month the third phase of the WDMA Hallmark
Certification Programs Client Information Portal (CIP) to facilitate an
electronic method to submit and process an application for a Texas Department
of Insurance (TDI) Evaluation Report. This system, which is available to
any manufacturers certifying products under the WDMA Hallmark Program, should
help shorten the time it takes TDI to produce an evaluation report. Read more.
Applauds New LEED Pilot Recognizing Additional Wood Certifications [Washington, DC- 4/8/16] - The
Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) applauds the U.S. Green
Building Council's (USGBC) issuance of a new LEED pilot Alternative Compliance
Path (ACP) for sustainable forest management certifications. The move
means that wood products with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)
Program certification are qualified for credit in both LEED 2009 and LEED v4
systems. The ACP also recognizes the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and
other programs endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
(PEFC). The USGBC announced the new ACP this week as
part of their quarterly addenda to the LEED green building rating system. Read more.
WDMA Applauds New Fannie Mae Program to Finance Energy Efficiency Improvements
WDMA Has Long Sought Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Options
DC- 4/6/16] - The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is
applauding Fannie Mae for the introduction of the new HomeStyle® Energy
mortgage, an enhanced option for borrowers who want to finance energy
efficiency improvements to their home. Borrowers with an existing,
higher-interest energy improvement loan can more easily roll that loan
into a new mortgage or into a refinance of an existing mortgage. In
addition, borrowers will have options to finance new energy upgrades
when purchasing or refinancing a home. The HomeStyle Energy mortgage
can be used on 1-4 unit properties, including condominium units, and is
available for all approved Fannie Mae lenders. Read more.
Window Safety Week is April 3-9, 2016
Tips from the Natonal Safety Council on Keeping Children Safe
[Washington, DC] - As spring arrives, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council (NSC) encourage parents and caregivers of young children to recognize the importance of window safety awareness, especially to prevent accidental falls from open windows and for using windows as a secondary way out of the home in case of fire. Each year, the WDMA and the Window Safety Task Force takes the first full week in April to emphasize these messages during Window Safety Week. This year Window Safety Week is April 3-9. Read more.
Windsor Windows & Doors Joins WDMA
DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced
today that Windsor Windows & Doors is the newest member of the
Windows & Doors' corporate headquarters are located in West Des
Moines, Iowa, which features a 340,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant.
Windsor operates a second 200,000 sq. ft. production facility in Monroe,
North Carolina. Windsor began as a small wood window manufacturer in
Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946 and they remained a regional manufacturer
until being purchased by Woodgrain Millwork, Inc of Fruitland, Idaho in
1987. Woodgrain is the largest manufacturer of mouldings and interior
doors in the United States. Woodgrain Millwork currently employs over
3,000 people in 20 different locations, including two in Chile. Read more.
Draft #2 NAFS 2016 is
Open for Ballot
WDMA is balloting proposed revisions to the next edition of
NAFS. This draft contains revisions that
satisfy negative ballots and comments that were received during the first
ballot of the standard in April, 2015.
WDMA is balloting these changes with the intent that they be approved
and ready for code adoption, in case the current efforts to simplify and
refocus NAFS are not completed by December 2017.
You can download a copy of the draft and other ballot items
by clicking here.
Ballots are due by April 29 2016.
Please return your ballot prior to that time if possible.
Fiberon Joins WDMA
DC - 3/17/16] The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced
today that Fiberon® is the newest member of the association. Recognized
by Green Builder magazine as a "2015 Eco-Leader," Fiberon uses
sustainable manufacturing processes that capture 98.5% of waste
materials and divert 60,000 tons of wood and plastic from landfills each
year. Privately held, Fiberon has operations in North Carolina and
Idaho, and distributes products throughout North America and to more
than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South
America. Read more.
Call for Session Proposals:
WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference
WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference will be held at the
Intercontinental Hotel Downtown, Chicago, IL from Tuesday, June 28 to
Thursday, June 30, 2016. The program is comprised of two and a half days
of informative technical sessions reporting on current industry
research, trends in manufacturing processes and procedures, and emerging
product technologies. WDMA is soliciting speaker proposals in a wide variety of topic areas. Take this opportunity to reach professionals from the leading window and door companies in North America! Read More.
WDMA Unveils New Code Resource Center Exclusively for WDMA Members
WDMA is pleased to announce the launch of the WDMA Code Resource Center, an online portal for WDMA members providing access to state and local building and energy code adoption information for the International Code Council (ICC)'s national model building codes, including:
- International Residential Code
- International Building Code
- International Energy Efficiency Code
- International Existing Building Code
The information is derived from state and local government agencies and provides links to adopted codes, state and local amendments, state agencies, and key contacts. Read more.
EPA Releases New Rule Simplifying Lead-Paint Training Recertification
WDMA Sought Greater Use of Online Training Options
DC- 2/12/16] - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a
change to the refresher training for renovators currently required under
the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP). Specifically,
EPA will allow renovators to take a refresher course without mandatory
"hands-on" training, such as online courses, once every other
recertification instead of every time. This action comes after a direct
advocacy effort by WDMA and others, which included meetings with EPA
and the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide
industry knowledge and recommendations. Read more.
WDMA ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Senators to Support Key Industry Amendments to Comprehensive Energy Legislation
Support Achievable Building Energy Codes and FHA Mortgage Guidelines Recognizing Energy Efficiency
The U.S. Senate could vote on key amendments at any time to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012). WDMA is seeking inclusion of two amendments that are of importance to the industry. The first is an amendment that clearly defines the Department of Energy's (DOE) role in model energy code development and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment. The second is an amendment to ensure more accurate mortgage underwriting for energy-efficient home features by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Read more
EPA Has Updated Tax Credit Information for ENERGY STAR®
Windows, Doors & Skylights
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated its
website detailing federal tax credit information for eligible ENERGY STAR®
windows, doors and skylights purchased in 2015 and 2016. Read more.
Discover Why WDMA Hallmark Certification is Right for You
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provides dealers, builders, architects and code officials with the promise of
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