Door & Window Business
Apr. 9, 2014

Consumer's Reports recommends finding installation instructions online
Consumer Reports
Consumer’s Reports Magazine updated their Home Windows Buying Guide internet page. They have removed reference to the InstallationMasters program and only references the AWDI program.

In addition, on the Consumer Reports website, they show their recommendation for the value of the Energy Star/EPA Directive 6 initiative: "Before work begins, find the installation instructions for the windows you've chosen online, and check that the installer plans to follow those instructions, right down to details such as type, amount, and placement of flashing and insulation.”

And they recommend “…look for certification from the American Window and Door Institute.More

National Safety Stand-Down: To prevent falls in construction
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2012. More

Legislation introduced in the US Senate to create whole house retrofit tax Credit
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to create a performance based whole house tax credit for homeowners who improve the energy performance of their existing homes. The legislation, “Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act" was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin, D-Md., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Brian Schatz, D- Hawaii. More

Construction spending is a key driver for the US economy
Market Realist
The Construction Put in Place Survey is released monthly by the Census Bureau and it measures the total dollar value of construction work in the U.S. It covers both the public and private sectors and includes new structures as well as improvements to existing structures. The data includes the cost of labor, materials, architectural work, engineering work, overhead, interest, taxes and contractor profits.More

US economic confidence inching up
Gallup's Economic Confidence Index averaged -15 for the week ending April 6. This reading is similar to the recent week's average of -16 but is higher than the -20 recorded in early March, the low point so far for 2014. Though Americans' views of the economy were stagnant at the end of March, their optimism may have picked up in recent weeks, as suggested by their collective perception of an improving job market. Weekly index increases over the past month have been slight, but steady, and amount to a five-point gain since early March. More

Small business optimism rebounds in March
FOX Business
Small business owners felt better in March, helped by more normal weather patterns, according to a report released recently. The National Federation of Independent Business's small business optimism index picked up to 93.4 in March after harsh weather pulled the index to 91.4 in February from 94.1 in January. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected the index to increase to 93.0. More

World economy stronger; recovery uneven
USA Today
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said recently that the global recovery will gain strength this year, but it trimmed its growth forecast amid a sharp rise in Japan's sales tax and a slowdown in emerging markets. An accelerating U.S. recovery will help the world economy grow 3.6 percent this year, the IMF said, up from 3 percent in 2013 but down slightly from its 3.7 percent projection in January. Growth will pick up to a 3.9 percent pace in 2015, the fund said in advance of the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington.More

Last-minute tax tips for maximum returns
With time running out to file your 2013 tax return, you want to make sure you're on top of the available deductions to maximize your tax savings. Taxpayers may be aware of numerous tax breaks, but depending on your income, many deductions may no longer be as valuable — or you may be ineligible entirely. More

Facebook wants to turn 25 million small businesses into advertisers
Advertising Age
After years of courting the nation's biggest advertisers, Facebook is going after the 99 percent. That figure represents the long tail of advertisers; the plumbers and dentists, restaurants and political candidates, app developers and direct-response advertisers. These small and mid-sized businesses don't have Facebook account reps and are left to figure out Facebook advertising for themselves. More

After hard winter, US housing industry sees signs of pickup
In Indianapolis, an open house event tends to draw 10 people on a good day. But after the snowiest winter on record for the U.S. Midwestern city, prospective home buyers were champing at the bit: 45 people came to an open house late last month, according to mortgage executive Greg Block. "The realtor was dumbfounded," said Block, vice president of lending at Austin, Texas-based Open Mortgages, which has branches near Indianapolis. "The winters were so brutal across the country that people just hunkered down and didn't do anything." More