The Obama Administration is working on a program to boost energy
efficiency upgrades in homes, including replacement of windows and
doors. The industry is all for that. I'm sure many other executives
would have been happy to join Jeld-Wen's Ron Saxton at the White House
jobs forum last week to make the case that new windows and doors would
be good for a lot of American homes and that our industry could also
put a lot of people to work quickly.
It all sounds very
promising. The tax credits, certainly not perfect, are definitely
helping some companies sell more windows and doors. But, of course, the
devil's in the details. What comes forward from the White House may be
less appealing. The details
of "cash for caulkers," as this concept has been dubbed, are still just
emerging. So what do you think? Will such a program end up being a
positive for the industry? That's our poll question of the week.
the White House is still looking for ideas. Why not share them here
first? What steps do you think would best meet the Obama
Administration's two goals of cost-effectively improving our nation's
energy efficiency and creating jobs? Email me and let me know.