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Industry Executives Gather to Discuss the Key Issues Impacting the Window, Door and Skylight Industry

Posted By Stephen Kendrick, Monday, February 10, 2014
[Cambridge, MA - 10/3/2013] Industry CEOs and senior executives gathered for the WDMA Executive Management Conference this week in Cambridge, MA. This unique event in the window, door, and skylight industry focused on topics and trends which will shape the industry over the coming year. The forum allowed executives to discuss and explore issues that will be driving the industry. Click here for more details.

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EPA Ignores Consumer Concerns and Industry Objections in Final ENERGY STAR Draft Proposal

Posted By Stephen Kendrick, Monday, February 10, 2014
[Washington D.C. - July 31, 2013] - The ENERGY STAR Program marked a sharp departure from its past practice of collaborating with industry partners to balance consumer accessibility against the need to raise efficiency standards over time with the final draft of Version 6.0 program requirements for residential windows, doors, and skylights, released today. Click here for more details.

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Hanley Wood Announces Groundbreaking Research Alliance with the Window and Door Manufacturers Association

Posted By Stephen Kendrick, Monday, February 10, 2014
[Washington, D.C. - July 29, 2013] - Hanley Wood LLC, the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the construction industry, announced today the formation of a strategic research partnership with the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. Click here for more details.

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BASF Corporation Joins WDMA

Posted By jpaine1, Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that the BASF Corporation is the newest member of the association.

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ideas for members to provide greater value for their customer

BASF is the world's leading chemical company.Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. They combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, they enabletheir customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. BASF products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. The company sums up its contribution in their corporate purpose: "We create chemistry for a sustainable future."

BASF is also the leading supplier of Polyurethane Solutions for systems, specialties and PU basic products. With its global network of 38 polyurethane system houses and its comprehensive product and service portfolio, BASF is the preferred partner of its customers in many industries. The BASF brand "Polyurethane Solutions" represents over 40 years of experience in the market and technology leadership for Polyurethane Systems. In the extremely service-oriented business of polyurethane systems and specialties, reliable PU experience and competence are crucial. Through its system house network, BASF provides fast local support, from technical service and sales to production and marketing during the development of customized solutions. With its world-scale plants, BASF secures its leading market position in the production of polyurethane basic products in all regions of the world.

"BASF is pleased to become a member of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. Our involvement will further strengthen our ability to provide innovative chemistry, processes and solutions to the manufacturers that can only come from a robust understanding of the market and its key players. We look forward to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association helping us to achieve this goal," said BASF Market Development Specialist,Woody Gontina.

For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here

For more information on the BASF Corporation, visit www.basf.com

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WDMA Releases April 2013 Industry Statistical Review and Forecast

Posted By jpaine1, Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2013
Contact:
Stephen Kendrick, 202-367-2360
 

WDMA Releases April 2013 Industry Statistical Review and Forecast

[Washington, DC] -The latest update of the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast has been released. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2006 through 2012 and forecast data for 2013 through 2015 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2013.
 
The updated report shows that in 2012, new residential construction activity closed with a 26.5 percent improvement compared to 2011, which is slightly better than what was forecasted last December. This improvement is attributed to strong gains in both single family and multi-family segments. The study forecasts similar improvement for 2013, with multi-family and single family starts each expected to experience a 28 percent growth. Going forward, the overall new housing market is expected to continue a similar level of growth for at least the next two years.
 
The demand for prime windows rebounded somewhat in 2012 and increased overall by 6 percent, driven by strong demand for new housing. The outlook for residential window demand continues to be optimistic, with expectations for a 15 percent increase in 2013. The expected increase is driven largely by expectations for stronger new construction activity and a 9 percent increase in renovation.
 
Nonresidential construction activity experienced slow growth, though the net effect was negligible in categories favorable to architectural door volumes (hospitality, education, healthcare, office, etc.). Specifically for 2012, total volume remained steady at 2.3 million units for nonresidential entry doors and 6.3 million units for architectural interior doors, reflecting a flat market in comparison with 2011.
 
Residential skylights closed the year with a growth rate of nearly 2 percent over the 2011 volume, lower than what was forecasted in December 2012. New construction skylight activity was up 10 percent in 2012, which is lower than anticipated, while remodeling and replacement skylight activity was flat versus 2011 totals.
 
Copies of this report, and the full set of statistical reports, are availible from the WDMA website bookstore

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WDMA ALERT: Contact Your Senators to Urge Support of EPA Lead Rule Reform Legislation

Posted By jpaine1, Thursday, March 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
March 28, 2013
WDMA ALERT:
 
Contact Your Senators to Urge Support of EPA Lead Rule Reform Legislation

Click Here to Contact Your Senators

[Washington DC] -On March 6, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) reintroduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act (S. 484), which would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to reduce the burden the regulation has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards.
 

Among its key provisions, S. 484 would restore the opt-out clause, suspend the rule for owner-occupied housing built between 1960 and 1978 without a pregnant woman or small child living there if EPA cannot approve a test kit meeting its own standard for false positives, prohibit expansion of the rule to commercial buildings until EPA conducts research demonstrating the need for such action, and provide a de minimis exemption for first-time paperwork violations by certified contractors.

In July 2010, EPA removed the opt-out provision from the rule that allowed homeowners without pregnant women or children under age six residing in the home to allow their contractor to forego the use of lead-safe work practices. By removing the opt-out provision, EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP Rule. In addition, despite EPA stating a commercially available test kit producing no more than 10 percent false positives would be on the market when the rule took effect in April 2010, no EPA-approved test kit on the market meets this standard.

Current cosponsors of the bill include Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Charles Grassley (R-IA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). Similar legislation was introduced by Sen. Inhofe in 2012 but expired at the end of the last congressional session.

WDMA has made passage of S. 484a top legislative priority.Please contact your Senators and urge them to sign on as a cosponsor to S. 484!

Click Here to Contact Your Senators

 

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WDMA Announces New Leadership Team Mike Salsieder of Kolbe and Kolbe Millwork Elected Chair

Posted By jpaine1, Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For Immediate Release: March 20, 2013
Contact:
Stephen Kendrick, 202-367-2360

WDMA Announces New Leadership Team
Mike Salsieder of Kolbe and Kolbe Millwork Elected Chair

[Washington, DC] -The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is pleased to announce its new leadership team was installed today at the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, the WDMA Board of Directors elected Mike Salsieder, of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork in Wausau, WI, as the association's 2013-2014 chair, replacing outgoing Chair Ann Duebner of Eggers Industries in Two Rivers, WI.

"We stand at a cross roads of determining how we can most effectively provide value for our Association and its members. These challenging times call forth the strongest, united voice to advocate on behalf of the window, door and skylight industry. Still, we must have a pragmatic understanding of the political and economic world in which we live. We must prioritize our limited resources to focus on those things that are most critical to our industry and to our Association members," said Salsieder."Serving as WDMA's Chair of the Board, I am honored to help advance the interests of a very important industry that, not only supplies valuable products that are needed by the consuming public, but an industry that provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of people."

Mike serves as President and General Counselfor Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork. The company was started in 1946 by brothers Herb and Ervin Kolbe in their mother's wash house, repairing window frames and building sash, on the family farm in central Wisconsin. Since then, Kolbe & Kolbe has become a nationally recognized leader in the high-end window and door industry with hundreds of distributors.

"I look forward to working withMike as WDMA's new chair. His knowledge and passion for the industry will help move WDMA to the next level inefficientlyproviding the best services to our members and being an even better advocate for the industry," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien. "I also want to thank Ann Duebner for her leadership and the time she has spent leading WDMA and the whole industry forward.We all owe her a debt of gratitude for her wise leadership as we've climbed out of bad economic times."

In addition to Salsieder, the other members of the 2013-2014 WDMA Executive Committee are:

  • Vice Chair, Door Division: Steve Donner, Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows, Oceanside, CA
  • Vice Chair, Window Division: Al Babiuk, Loewen Windows, Steinbach, MB
  • Treasurer: Steve Tourek, Marvin Windows & Doors, St. Paul, MN
  • Immediate Past Chair: Ann Duebner, Eggers Industries, Two Rivers, WI
  • Supplier Representative: Jeff Shilakis, HOPPE North America, Fort Atkinson, WI

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WDMA Commends Introduction of EPA Lead Rule Reform Legislation in Senate

Posted By jpaine1, Thursday, March 07, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
[Washington DC] -The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) commends the introduction of legislation last night in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to reduce the burden the regulation has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards. The Lead Exposure Reduction AmendmentsAct of 2013 (S. 484) was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and six cosponsors Wednesday night.WDMAhas been working toward re-introduction of the the legislation in the Senate following the introduction of a Senate bill in 2012 that expired at the end of the last congressional session.In addition to Senator Inhofe, the original cosponsors of S. 484 areSens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and David Vitter (R-LA).
 
"Since the EPA Lead Rule took effect in April 2010, EPA has expanded the rule beyond its original goal of protecting pregnant women and small children while mismanaging the implementation of the rule and failing to meet its own requirements to produce an accurate test kit," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien."The Inhofe bill is a common-sense response which will refocus efforts on protecting pregnant woman and small children and we applaud Senator Inhofe for his leadership on this issue."

The LRRP rule requires renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet on the interior of a pre-1978 home and all window and door replacement to follow rigorous and costly work practices supervised by an EPA-certified renovator and requires that it be performed by an EPA-certified renovation firm.In July 2010, EPA removed the "opt-out provision" from the rule which allowed homeowners without children under six or pregnant women residing in the home to allow their contractor to forego the use of the rigorous work practices required by it. By removing the opt-out provision, EPA more than doubled the number of homes subject to the LRRP Rule, and EPA has estimated that this amendment adds more than $336 million per year in compliance costs for homeowners and contractors.

In addition, despite EPA stating a commercially available test kit producing no more than 10 percent false positives would be on the market when the rule took effect in 2010, no test kit on the market meets this standard. The lack of EPA approved test kits meeting the rule's standard for false positives has added millions in compliance costs with consumers paying for unnecessary work because of false positive test results.

"The window and door retrofit market has been key to sustaining the industry and preserving jobs as housing slowly recovers from a prolonged downturn.EPA's efforts to expand the Lead Rule beyond its original scope, inaccurate test kits, and enforcement actions targeted mainly at certified renovators has only hindered industry recovery efforts," added O'Brien.

Among its key provisions, S. 484 would restore the "opt-out" clause, suspend the rule for owner-occupied housing built between 1960 and 1978 without a pregnant woman or small child living thereif EPA cannot approve a test kit meeting its own standard for false positives, prohibit expansion of the rule to commercial buildings until EPA conducts research demonstrating the need for such action, and provide a de minimis exemption for first-time paperwork violations.WDMA has made passage of S. 484 a top legislative priority.

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WDMA Calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address Continuing Concerns about Proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights

Posted By jpaine1, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013
Contact:
Stephen Kendrick, (202) 367-2360
 

WDMA Calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address Continuing Concerns about Proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights

[Washington, DC, February 27, 2013]--In response to yesterday's action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) seeking additional comments on proposed draft ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 criteria for skylights, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is calling on the agency to address additional concerns the industry has about the skylight criteria, the proposed window and door criteria and the overall direction of the ENERGY STAR program.

"Yesterday's action by EPA proposing some changes to the skylight criteria is a good first step toward addressing our concerns about product feasibility, availability and cost effectiveness for consumers, but we are still disappointed EPA has not addressed them fully, nor has it provided an explanation why," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien. "It is also still uncertain how EPA will respond to the same concerns raised by WDMA for proposed window and door specifications currently under consideration by the Agency."

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), which has been actively engaging EPA on the revision of ENERGY STAR criteria for windows, doors and skylights, believes the latest revisions make the qualification criteria for skylights more reasonable for much of the country, but that they still fall short and should be improved further.

In a letter sent yesterday by EPA to ENERGY STAR stakeholders announcing the latest revisions to the skylight criteria, the Agency stated the intent of the revisions is to ensure tubular daylighting devices (TDD's) and more double pane skylights will be able to qualify for the Northern climate zone, and to address concerns over the feasibility and affordability of ENERGY STAR qualified skylight products in other parts of the country as well.

However, while the latest revisions are significant improvements in the skylight U-factor criteria for the ENERGY STAR Northern climate zone and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) in the Northern, North-Central and Southern climate zones, they still fall short of fully responding to industry concerns on the whole for skylights with respect to product feasibility, availability and cost effectiveness.

"WDMA has voiced significant concerns with proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 criteria since it was first proposed by EPA last year. The proposed criteria also underscores broader concerns WDMA has with the direction the program appears to be headed in general," said O'Brien. "It appears EPA is more concerned about market share of ENERGY STAR products rather than recognizing efficient products that are most affordable and cost effective for consumers."

WDMA maintains that the proposed Version 6.0 criteria, which is based largely on a market share approach, is counter to EPA's guiding principles for the ENERGY STAR program and resulting in proposed criteria that is less feasible for manufacturers to meet and less affordable and cost effective for consumers.

WDMA firmly reasserted these concerns in a thirty-three page comment letter sent to EPA earlier this month in response to "Draft 2" of the proposed Version 6.0 window, door and skylight qualification criteria. Those comments as well as those submitted in addition by WDMA members are still under consideration by the Agency.

"We will continue to work with EPA to seek further revisions to the Version 6.0 criteria that fully address our concerns and what we believe are in the best interest of the ENERGY STAR program and consumers," said O'Brien.


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Arkema Joins WDMA

Posted By jpaine1, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

 

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013
Contact:
Jonathan M. Paine, (202) 367-2496

ArkemaJoins WDMA

WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Arkema is the newest member of the association.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry. WMDA advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ideas for members to provide greater value for their customers.

Arkema provides a comprehensive range of plastic additives for a wide variety of PVC applications.The Durastrength® range of acrylic impact modifiers help enable end-users to meet the most demanding standards cost effectively. Dedicated to outdoor, durable applications, Durastrength® products deliver outstanding impact characteristics, a wide processing window, and excellent weatherability.Plastistrength® acrylic process aids greatly improve the processability of PVC compounds by promoting fusion and melt strength, fixing surface defects, and providing anti-sticking properties.


"Industry trade group involvement is vital for the success of both suppliers and manufacturers and I am pleased that Arkema has become a member of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association," said Scott Schwartz, Arkema's General Manager for Functional Additives, Americas.

A global chemical company and France's leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, Arkema produces state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation, and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than 40 countries, some 14,000 employees, and 10 research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of approximately $8.3 billion and holds leadership positions in all its markets, with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands. Durastrength and Plastistrength are registered trademarks of Arkema.

For more information on the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, click here

For more information on Arkema, visit http://www.arkema.com/en/

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