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WDMA Responds to U.S.-Mexico Trade Developments

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Tuesday, August 28, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] Today, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) issued a statement on this week’s news regarding developments with Mexico on a potential trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“WDMA is optimistic that the Trump Administration has made progress with Mexico on a trade deal to replace NAFTA, however, Canada must be included in any agreement that replaces it.” said WDMA CEO Michael O’Brien. “Canada is arguably the United States’ most important trading partner and WDMA urges the Administration to work with Canada in the coming weeks to ensure that North American trade agreements are trilateral.”

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WDMA Releases 2018 U.S. Industry Market Study

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
[Washington] The Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has released the WDMA 2018 U.S. Industry Market Study. This report provides data and insights needed to understand the industry's performance, key trends, and future direction. The report is based on extensive industry input for product shipments in 2017 and was prepared, researched and analyzed by The Farnsworth Group.
This report delivers timely information on residential/light commercial window, patio door, residential entry door and interior architectural door market trends and product relationships; regional data, historic data for 2014 through 2016, and forecast data for 2018 through 2020.
Quick facts and key takeaways:
  • Residential window and door growth didn’t wane in 2017 but appears to be slowing slightly in 2018. A forecast combination of decreased housing starts and reduced remodeling projects will limit window and door growth.
  • Architectural interior flush door leaves softened in 2017 with only 1.1% compared to 3% for Stile and Rail (albeit at much lower volumes). Shipments for both are expected to grow at a similar rate, forecast around 1% growth each year through 2020.
  • Commercial shop-built windows grew 8.3% in 2017 with 0.85 million units shipped. Shipments are beginning to level off in 2018 with only 0.885 million units forecast to be shipped. With the non-residential market softening an eventual growth rate of only 1.8% in 2020 is forecast.
Along with shipments and forecasting information, the study also presents topline national and divisional data and detailed product data for the housing stock, new projects, and non-residential construction to enable insights into the industry.
The complete study is available for purchase online in the WDMA online store in the Statistical Reports section for non-members. Individual market segments of the 2018 U.S. Market Study related specifically to windows/patio doors, entry doors and architectural doors are also available for purchase separately.

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WDMA Critical of New Canadian Tariffs on Aluminum Windows and Doors

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Monday, July 2, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] On Friday, WDMA informed its members that the Canadian government had imposed a 10 percent tariff on U.S. aluminum windows, doors and doorframes. The new tariffs take effect today.

According to the Canadian government, these new tariffs are in response to the tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada imposed by the Trump Administration announced in early June. 

“WDMA was critical of the imposition of U.S tariffs on steel and aluminum and this new action by Canada further escalates trade tensions between the two nations,” said WDMA CEO Michael O’Brien. “These actions will only lead to additional price increases in the residential and commercial building markets in both countries, hinder progress in the renegotiation of NAFTA and resolving the softwood lumber dispute.”

At this time, additional guidance is not available from the Canadian government regarding how this tariff will be imposed. WDMA has been working diligently to seek additional clarification from the Canadian Government and will provide additional guidance for WDMA members when it becomes available.

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Trump Administration Excludes Some Products from Chinese Tariffs Sought by WDMA

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Friday, June 15, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] In its announcement on tariffs today, the Trump Administration has agreed with WDMA and has removed several products used in the manufacturing of windows, doors, and skylights from a list of proposed tariffs. In the announcement today, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of close to 1,000 products imported from China that will be subject to a 25% tariff. WDMA submitted comments in May requesting specific exclusions for certain products on the list and was ultimately successful.

WDMA successfully requested the following products be excluded from the tariffs:

  1. 73181600 – Iron or steel, nuts;
  2. 73202050 – Iron or steel, helical springs (o/ than suitable for motor vehicle suspension);
  3. 720 - 760 – (Broadly) metal based products in various states of value add;

“WDMA is pleased that the Trump Administration agreed that these products should not be subject to tariffs,” said WDMA President & CEO Michael O’Brien. “Imposing tariffs on these Chinese products would have curtailed the ability of manufacturers to retain responsible Chinese vendors as an option in the supply chain. We have seen the effects that other tariffs, including steel and aluminum, have had on price increases for the residential housing and commercial construction markets. Today’s win will help prevent additional increases for our manufacturers and consumers alike.”

In the same announcement today, USTR has proposed an additional list of 284 products from China that could be subject to a tariff and will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a public hearing. After completion of this process, USTR will issue a final determination on whether to impose an additional tariff. WDMA will evaluate the proposed list and determine if the association will seek additional exemptions.

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WDMA Criticizes Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Previously Excluded Countries

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Friday, June 1, 2018

[Washington, D.C.] Today, WDMA is strongly criticizing the Trump Administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, 25% and 10% respectively, from the European Union, Mexico and Canada, which had been previously excluded. The Administration decided to impose the tariffs after failing to win concessions during the negotiation of various trade issues. WDMA is concerned the new tariffs will do more harm to the U.S. economy than good.

“WDMA is extremely disappointed with the Trump Administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from these countries,” said WDMA President and CEO Michael O’Brien. “Window, door and skylight manufacturers and their suppliers have been dealing with price increases resulting from the tariffs on steel and aluminum enacted in March. These additional tariffs will result in further price increases for the residential and commercial construction markets, while hindering progress on renegotiating NAFTA. WDMA urges the Trump Administration to reconsider this onerous action.” 


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European Union, Canada, and Mexico Given One Month Exemption from Steel and Aluminum Tariffs; Deals Reached with Other Countries

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The White House announced that they will extend current suspensions of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports until June 1 for European Union member countries, Canada and Mexico. In addition, the White House announced they have reached preliminary deals with Argentina, Australia and Brazil, excluding them indefinitely from the tariffs.

The proclamations signed by President Trump:

  •  Suspend until June 1, tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The extension has been described as a “final” extension as the administration seeks to negotiate outcomes that will impose “quotas that will restrain imports, prevent transshipment, and protect the national security.”
  •  Suspend indefinitely steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Argentina, Australia and Brazil, with which the administration indicated it had reached preliminary agreements that will be finalized in 30 days.
  •  Suspend indefinitely steel tariffs on imports from South Korea in recognition of the final quota agreement with South Korea. 

The decision to issue these exclusions comes just days ahead of a White House delegation's trip to Beijing to hold trade talks with Chinese officials.


Members with questions can contact Kevin McKenney at kmckenney@wdma.com.

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EPA Recommends No Changes to Lead-Based Paint Rule in 610 Review

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially published the results of their Section 610 Review of the Lead: Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP). In the document, EPA stated that they considered the issues and recommendations by industry, including WDMA, however, they will not initiate any rulemaking to correct these issues.

While this result is disappointing, it is not surprising. EPA’s response to issues identified by WDMA has been slow at best. The 610 Review’s overall conclusion was that the RRP Rule’s goal of protecting pregnant women and children under six from lead exposure outweighs certain compliance issues, even if merited. EPA specifically answered twenty questions raised by commenters during the 610 Review process, which include those related to lead test kits and alternative technologies; training and the minor amendments rule; rule implementation, recertification, and enforcement; qualitative/quantitative post-job clearance testing; EPA’s conduct of the Section 610 review; rule scope; economic analysis; and removal of the option to opt-out provision.

In the conclusion, EPA stated that they will continue to work with “small-entity representatives” to minimize any potential unfavorable impacts while continuing to discharge the Agency’s statutory mandate of eliminating lead-based paint hazards in housing and child-occupied facilities as expeditiously as possible.

Members with questions about the 610 Review, or to request a copy, can contact Kevin McKenney at kmckenney@wdma.com or 202-367-2480

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Window Safety Week is April 1-7, 2018 - Tips from the Window Safety Task Force on Keeping Children Safe

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[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 1-7.

While spring is a good time to remind parents and caregivers that falls from a window can result in serious injury or fatality, as well as to have an escape plan in place in case of a fire, window safety needs to be recognized year round. The Window Safety Task Force offers the tips below for preventing windows falls and on fire safety. 

Protecting children from window falls: 

1.  When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.

2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child's reach.

3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.

4. Don't allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.

5. Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.

6. Supervise children to keep child's play away from windows, balconies or patio doors.

7. Install ASTM F2090 compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire or other emergency) to help prevent a fall.

8. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

Fire safety:

1. Home fire escape plans should include two exits from every room in the home, through a door and through a window.

2. Conduct fire escape drills during the day and at night, as many home fires occur at night. Conduct drills at least two times a year.

3. Practice opening and closing windows that may be designated as emergency exits and keep them in good working order.

4. If it is necessary to exit through a window in an emergency, first attempt to open it rather than break the glass.

5. Some homes feature windows with impact-resistant glass, most often in hurricane-prone areas. For these types of windows, the window must be opened or another exit route must be used.

6. When remodeling a home, local code officials should be contacted to understand emergency escape and rescue (egress) building code requirements that may be applicable where the home is located. Egress windows are those designated by code as large enough to escape through or for rescue workers to enter in emergency situations.

7. If windows are equipped with window guards or fall prevention devices, local building code officials should be contacted to determine proper placement.

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Federal Court Approves Formaldehyde Regulation Agreement Between Sierra Club and EPA - WDMA Intervened in Case to Protect Industry Manufacturers

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

[Washington, DC] - Following the WDMA’s intervention with other affected parties in a court challenge by the Sierra Club to the compliance date for EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products (TSCA Title VI), WDMA announced it is satisfied with yesterday’s approval by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s of a joint agreement between the Sierra Club, EPA and industry groups, including WDMA, over changes to the compliance date. The regulations cover composite wood products and finished goods they are used in such as most architectural wood doors and certain windows and other doors manufactured by WDMA members.

The agreement sets a new compliance date of June 1, 2018. Composite wood products manufactured or imported after that date must be in compliance. However, composite wood products and finished goods that are certified in compliance with California’s “CARB Phase 2” by a CARB-approved third-party certifier that is also recognized by EPA, will be considered certified under the federal regulation until March 22, 2019.  The emissions requirements in the CARB Phase 2 regulation are the same as those in the federal regulation (TSCA Title VI). 

“Ensuring that CARB Phase 2 compliance be considered certified under the federal regulation until March of next year was essential to our support of the agreement,” said Jeff Inks, WDMA Senior Vice President of Advocacy. “CARB-compliant products which meet the EPA emissions requirements are already prevalent and extensively used in finished goods, so much of the concern was ensuring adequate time for manufacturers to certify products and finished goods as compliant under EPA’s new certification and labeling requirements.”

This matter originated last fall, when the Sierra Club sued EPA after they extended the compliance date from December 12, 2017 to December 12, 2018. In their suit, the Sierra Club asserted that EPA exceeded its authority in extending the date and pleaded with the court to vacate and set aside the “Formaldehyde Delay Rule.”   On February 16, the court agreed with the Sierra Club and did just that, ruling that “the Delay Rule is beyond the scope of the EPA’s authority and is not in accordance with the Formaldehyde Act." 

The court’s action left the compliance date up in the air, leading to concerns a new compliance date could be too early and result in a significant disruption in the supply chain of composite wood products or render some inventories useless. The court gave the Sierra Club and EPA until March 9, to confer and try reach agreement on a new date. WDMA and a number of other trade organizations impacted joined to intervene in the case to allow for participation in reaching an agreement.

“While we strongly disagreed with the original position of the Sierra Club, this agreement will allow our members to plan accordingly for compliance with the rule with less disruption,” added Inks.

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IRS Announces Home Equity Loans Still Eligible for Mortgage Interest Deduction

Posted By Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Friday, February 23, 2018

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that home equity loans used for substantial home improvements will continue to be eligible for the mortgage interest deduction (MID) under the recently enacted tax reform law.

Throughout the course of the tax reform debate, WDMA continued to urge for the continuation of the ability to deduct mortgage interest on home equity loans and lines of credit. Many consumers use these types of loans for window, door and skylight replacement projects, remodels and additions. The IRS has announced that although the tax reform law eliminated the MID for some home equity debt, it would still be deductible for improvements to the home

"WDMA is pleased that the IRS has made this decision quickly," said WDMA President and CEO Michael O'Brien. "This will allow certainty in the marketplace for consumers considering replacement projects, remodels and home additions as to whether their mortgage interest will continue to be deductible."

To read the IRS announcement, click here.

WDMA members with questions may contact Kevin McKenney, WDMA Director of Government Affairs, at kmckenney@wdma.com.

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