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WINDOW AND DOOR DEALERS CALL FOR HOME STAR CHANGES
Senate bill will harm small business, consumers, says WDDA


WASHINGTON, DC  (August 6, 2010) – Independent window and door dealers across the nation are mobilizing this week to urge the U.S. Senate to fix problems associated with the Home Star Retrofit Rebate Program now under consideration.

Prompted by the Window & Door Dealers Association (WDDA), these mostly small-business owners are voicing their concerns with provisions in the Senate bill (S. 3434) that could potentially discriminate against smaller enterprises, limit consumer choices and, ultimately, dilute the job-creation and energy-efficiency goals it seeks to address in the first place.

“As an industry, window and door dealers are very supportive of the Home Star program’s basic intent,” said Richard Jones, President and CEO, Stanek Windows. “But in order for it to achieve its goals without creating additional problems for our industry or consumers, certain fixes must be made to the Senate bill.”

The WDDA has focused its concerns on two key provisions of S. 3434: The language on rebates, and the use of the Building Performance Institute (BPI) program.  The association believes these provisions will hurt small businesses across the U.S.

“The solution we support is simple,” said David Walker, vice president of the WDDA.  “Use the rebate language contained in the companion House bill (H.R. 5019), and remove the BPI provision.”

For more details on the WDDA and its efforts to improve the Home Star program, visit www.wddalliance.org.

About WDDA
The Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA) is the only business organization advancing the vital interests of independent window and door dealers. The primary mission of the WDDA is to represent the interests of retail, wholesale, and dealers of new and replacement windows, doors, skylights, and related building products. Based outside Washington, DC, the WDDA offers education and training through MyWindowClass.com – a state-of-the-art online training resource. In addition, the WDDA serves the industry and general public with its Website: www.wddalliance.org. The WDDA is an initiative of the National Glass Association.