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WDMA Releases 2023 National Policy Agenda

Today, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released its 2023 National Policy Agenda, a comprehensive guide and resource for federal policymakers that identifies priorities and offers solutions to the biggest challenges impacting U.S. manufacturers in the housing and residential construction industry.

“WDMA continues to work with Congress and the White House to collaborate and implement fiscally sound policies that are meaningful on issues ranging from housing, energy efficiency and energy independence to workforce development and immigration,” said WDMA Chair Steve Tourek, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Marvin Companies. “Our policy framework offers a comprehensive approach that will strengthen the U.S. economy and housing market by promoting sustainable manufacturing and residential construction across the country.”

The 2023 WDMA National Policy Agenda is divided into ten different policy areas:
  • Energy Conservation
  • Building Codes
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Building Safety
  • Housing and Economic Policy
  • Tax Policy
  • Product Supply
  • Trade Policy
  • Workforce/Workplace
  • Immigration Reform
”Window, door and skylight manufacturers are essential to housing and building markets that are key to a thriving economy,” said WDMA President and CEO Michael O’Brien. “WDMA is focused on partnering with Congress and the Biden Administration to advance legislative and regulatory policies that will keep U.S. manufacturers competitive and the housing and construction markets strong.”

WDMA's 2023 National Policy Agenda will be distributed to members of Congress and key officials in the Biden Administration.

Upcoming Joint Webinar: ENERGY STAR | How Your Association Can Help You Report Unit Shipment Data

EPA is updating their ENERGY STAR Residential Window, Door and Skylight unit shipment data collection process for ENERGY STAR products shipped in 2023. They recently sent an announcement providing details on what information they intend to collect. It will be the responsibility of every ENERGY STAR Residential Window, Door and Skylight partner to submit the requested 2023 shipment data by March 1, 2024. 

In addition, WDMA and FGIA are partnering to anonymously aggregate shipping data from our member companies and provide it to EPA in order to satisfy your reporting requirements.

As a member of one of our associations, we would like to provide additional information on how you can prepare now to track the necessary shipment data in order to comply with the ENERGY STAR reporting requirements. A one-hour webinar has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern to provide details related to the data collection requirements. Doug Anderson from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program will be present and will respond to questions. Registration is open exclusively to FGIA and WDMA members. 

Questions to be addressed during the webinar:

  • How should your data collection system be set up?
  • What data is EPA looking to gather?
  • Do we have to report total units shipped in addition to ENERGY STAR shipments?
  • How does EPA define windows, doors and skylights?
  • What counts as a “unit shipped” according to EPA?
  • How are Version 6.0 vs. 7.0 products counted?
  • What determines if a product can be counted as ENERGY STAR?
  • How can you avoid double counting?


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Craig Drumheller for WDMA or Angela Dickson for FGIA.

OSHA Expands National Emphasis Program on Combustible Dust

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) to continue OSHA inspections of facilities that generate or handle combustible dusts likely to cause fire, flash fire, deflagration and explosion hazards. The Combustible Dust NEP was revised based on enforcement history and combustible dust incident reports and sets forth a new approach for locating and inspecting subject establishments. In 2018, wood and food products made up an average of 70% of the materials involved in combustible dust fires and explosions. Incident reports indicate that the majority of the industries involved in combustible dust hazards are wood processing, agricultural and food production and lumber production, but others are susceptible as well.

Notably for WDMA members, the updated NEP includes the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for Metal Window and Door Manufacturing and Wood Window and Door Manufacturing as industries with a higher likelihood of having combustible dust hazards. This means that WDMA members are a specific target for OSHA inspections concerning combustible dust, especially as data from OSHA over the last decade consistently ranks window, door and skylight manufacturing as one of the top five industries with combustible dust hazards.

OSHA offers a variety of options for employers looking for compliance assistance. The On-Site Consultation Program provides professional, high-quality, individualized assistance to small businesses at no cost. OSHA also has compliance assistance specialists in most of their 85 Area Offices across the nation who provide robust outreach and education programs for employers and workers. WDMA members can find and contact OSHA’s regional and area offices by clicking here.

Visit OSHA’s Combustible Dust website, view the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program, and read the official OSHA press release for more information.

For any questions, please contact Jacob Carter, WDMA’s Director of Government Affairs, at [email protected].

WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference Call for Speakers Now Open

WDMA’s Call for Speakers is now open and this is your opportunity to submit your presentation.

WDMA is currently offering speakers the opportunity to submit their abstract proposals to present at WDMA’s Technical & Manufacturing Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN on June 27-29, 2023. The conference is the premier destination to participate in the leading-edge conversations on emerging technologies, market trends, regulatory issues, and a wide range of topics of interest to the window, door, and skylight industry.

This is an opportunity to build a program you would want to participate in and share with your colleagues. Stand out as a thought leader in an ever-evolving industry and share ideas, case studies, and best practices. Sessions are beginning to fill up, so do not delay. The deadline to submit your application will close on Friday, February 23, 2023.